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Captain Keijer’s Westerdam Farewell

Captain Keijer’s Westerdam Farewell

After seven successful years, Captain Henk Keijer left Westerdam in February to join Eurodam. The crew surprised Captain Henk with an unexpected tribute honoring his service during the normal captain introductions. It began with Hotel Director Charles Verwaal giving a heartfelt speech. Soon after, the four lead vocalists sang a show-stopping rendition of Alicia Key’s…   read more of “Captain…”

Westerdam’s Captain van Eerten Enjoying the Moment

Westerdam’s Captain van Eerten Enjoying the Moment

Thanks to passenger Kees Brienen for taking this great picture of Westerdam’s Captain van Eerten nearby Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Yesterday I took this picture on the deck of the Westerdam. We just left Puerto Vallarta and whales were playing all around us. It was a great moment (unfortunately no photos of the whales). A few…   read more of “Westerdam’s…”

Mariner Postcards from a Westerdam Sailing

Mariner Postcards from a Westerdam Sailing

Here are some pictures I took during my last Collector’s Cruise, many of them from Key West and Puerto Rico, aboard the Westerdam from December 9 -23. Thank you and have a good season! – François Thivierge, HAL Mariner from Quebec City

140 Years Young: Westerdam Sails Inaugural Caribbean Cruise

140 Years Young: Westerdam Sails Inaugural Caribbean Cruise

Dec. 2, 2004: ms Westerdam sails on her inaugural Caribbean cruise, a three-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary. The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger vessel is the third in HAL’s history to bear the Westerdam name. The ship was christened on April 25, 2004, in Venice, Italy, by Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk.

Photos from Westerdam’s Halloween Festivities

Photos from Westerdam’s Halloween Festivities

Special thanks to Westerdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Rico Wessels for this post. The Westerdam just completed a very successful 35-day South Pacific voyage. Throughout the cruise we held several themed events to match the various ports of calls visited. We ended the cruise with a Halloween themed event. Guests participated in choosing the best pumpkin…   read more of “Photos from…”

Westerdam Awards 187 Bronze Medallions to HAL Mariners

Westerdam Awards 187 Bronze Medallions to HAL Mariners

During Westerdam’s 35-day Hawaii & Tahiti cruise, Captain PJ Van Maurik, myself and Cruise Director Jason Venner had the pleasure of presenting our Mariners on board with an unprecedented 187 bronze medallions in the Vista Show Lounge. Enjoy this group photo from the event on October 31! Ron Bontenbal, Hotel Director ms Westerdam