Tonight the world will be captivated watching the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 in Athens, Greece, and have since traveled around the globe to cities near and far. Holland America Line cruises visit several of the host cities, and… read more of “Visit These Iconic…”
Many friends have been asking where ms Statendam and Oosterdam were during the months of January and February 2010. Both ships, along with Carnival Elation, were on a special charter to accommodate the members of the Integrated Security Unit selected to provide security for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The ISU members were from the… read more of “Captain’s…”
If you have the chance, go to the tower called Lookout at Harbor Centre. For $15 you have the best view over Vancouver. Bert van Mackelenbergh is Statendam’s hotel manager.
A flame was lit during the entire event of the Olympics during the ancient Olympic Games known as the Olympic Flame. Today, a new flame is lit using a parabolic mirror to focus the rays of the sun at the ancient Olympic Stadium in Olympia, Elis, Greece. The flame is then transported to the host… read more of “The Olympic…”
Erica Terpstra, chairman of the Dutch Olympic Committee, is a retired freestyle swimmer from The Netherlands who won two medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. After her swimming career, Terpstra became involved in politics where she was a member of parliament. She served as State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport. In October… read more of “Statendam Officers…”
Officers of the Statendam met Prime Minister of the Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende hours before the opening of the Olympics in Vancouver. From left: Hotel Manager Bert van Mackelenbergh, Captain Frans Consen, Prime Minister of The Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende, 4th Officer Elianne van Rongen and 3rd Officer Dirk van Aarsen. In honor of the… read more of “Prime Minister of…”
Stuart Dee Photography sent us some great shots of Oosterdam’s arrival at Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Slowly but surely ms Statendam is getting more and more guests, or as they say, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (short: RCMP) as well as members of the Canadian Forces (short: CF). Also, more people are arriving in Vancouver every day to get ready for the Olympics. While the athletes are getting ready… read more of “Statendam Crew…”