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Captain’s Log: Indonesian Independence Day on Oosterdam

Captain’s Log: Indonesian Independence Day on Oosterdam

As per a long standing tradition, the Indonesian Independence Day celebrations are surrounded with sporting activities. Many crew members and officers fully enjoy participating in those activities. The winners were honored with a prize and a nice certificate directly after the flag raising ceremony. A. C. van der Loo is Oosterdam’s master.

Captain’s Log: A VIP Tour of the SS Great Britain

Captain’s Log: A VIP Tour of the SS Great Britain

While docked in Bristol, we had the opportunity to visit the famous ss Great Britain. Special thanks to Destination Bristol for their excellent offer of the VIP tour for my officers. Hardly any of them find the time to go ashore due to their work duties. It was a real break for them and a…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: College Fjord

Captain’s Log: College Fjord

We were in College Fjord this morning. It was so calm that the mountains and glaciers reflected in the water. Despite the early hour, many guests were outside enjoying themselves and the commentary by our Travel Guide Richard. Andre van Schoonhoven is Zaandam’s captain.

Captain’s Log: Happy Birthday to Pam!

Captain’s Log: Happy Birthday to Pam!

Today, June 28, we are celebrating Pam’s birthday. We organized a surprise for her in the front office with a birthday cake made up of chocolate cupcakes (the birthday girl loves chocolate!) and an apple cider toast.

Captain van Donselaar Celebrates 25 years with HAL

Captain van Donselaar Celebrates 25 years with HAL

Captain van Donselaar started his career 25 years ago with Holland America as a cadet on the ms Noordam. To commemorate the milestone, yesterday a chocolate cake (a favorite of Captain van Donselaar) was served on the bridge with the Deck Department.