There are many traditions associated with going out to sea. Not least among them is the tradition of presenting a plaque to a ship to commemorate the first call at a port. If you’ve ever traveled on our beautiful vessels you may well have encountered a wall filled with various commemorative plaques, trophies and knick-knacks…. read more of “Rotterdam’s…”
Thursday, June 11, both Rotterdam and Eurodam made their first call at the German port of Kiel. Read about the key and plaque exchanges here.
Caroline, Oosterdam’s Crew Purser, sent in the following picture of Captain Jeroen Baijens leading the celebration marking Oosterdam’s 300th cruise on May 23, 2009.
Hans Becker, beverage manager on board ms Maasdam, sent in this post about Maasdam’s first call at Sept-Iles, Quebec, Canada. On May 19 the town of Sept-Iles, Quebec, received Maasdam for the first time. The town’s enthusiasm was evident with schools, businesses and churches closing their doors for a brief moment to welcome the ship…. read more of “Sept-Iles, Quebec…”
Statendam’s Crew Purser Jaime sent in this photo of Captain Harm-Jan Arnold and Hotel Manager Theo Haanen with Port Angeles officials at a May 7 plaque exchange commemorating the ship’s first call. After enjoying snacks and beverages, the visitors received a ship’s tour from Cruise Director Lizabeth before disembarking.
Volendam’s first call at Kagoshima, Japan, was April 30, 2009. A plaque ceremony was held with several ship officers and port officials. Ship officers from left: Captain Pieter Visser (middle, back), Hotel Manager Robert Versteeg, Chief Officer Wouter van Hoogdalem and Cruise Director Michelle Worthley.
As Volendam sails a series of Asia-Pacific cruise on its way back to North America for the Alaska season, the ship continues to call at new and exciting ports such as Laem Chabang, Thailand, where a plaque ceremony was held to mark the event. From left: Hotel Manager Robert Versteeg, Captain Jack van Coevorden, Cruise… read more of “Volendam Pays…”
Here are the much-anticipated photos from Nieuw Amsterdam’s keel laying March 24, 2009, at the Marghera Shipyard in Italy.