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Captain’s Log: Fort Lauderdale Bound

Captain’s Log: Fort Lauderdale Bound

Monday was our final evening in Freeport, Bahamas. At about 1800hrs (6 p.m.) we started flooding the dock and within 1.5 hours the ship was sitting on the six meter mark, still on the blocks. Then the engineering department began bringing the essential services back on line. They managed all of this in record time….   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Eurodam in Dry Dock

Captain’s Log: Eurodam in Dry Dock

Work continues on the mighty “E” with the replacement of the marble counters in the Lido, carpet replacement, tile replacement in the salon, new teak-like decking around the main pool area (this is going to be stunning), and numerous upgrades of the technical systems onboard. More to follow.

Captain’s Log: A Visit by the U.S. Coast Guard

Captain’s Log: A Visit by the U.S. Coast Guard

On December 10 the Westerdam was visited by 30 participants of a U.S. Coast Guard “Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise.” This was part of the Advanced Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course. They visited all parts of the ship, but were unfortunately not able to visit the Engine Room. Holland America Line requires people to…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Captain’s Log: Farewell for Now

Captain’s Log: Farewell for Now

Captain Jonathan Mercer I have eventually had time to write. It’s not that I didn’t want to, it’s just that the past couple of weeks have been quite busy on the lovely Nieuw Amsterdam, what with audits and paperwork. Last week we completed an internal audit of our Safety Management System, or SMS. This is…   read more of “Captain’s…”