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Captain’s Log: A Week in Alaska

Captain’s Log: A Week in Alaska

Our speed from Vancouver to the ‘Great Land’ and our first port, Juneau, is governed by the time of slack water at Seymour Narrows. The parameter for the transit of this narrow passage is dependent on the speed of the current. We have compulsory pilots with us, from the Pacific Pilotage Authority, and they have…   read more of “Captain’s…”

Celebrating a 50th on Oosterdam

Celebrating a 50th on Oosterdam

Thanks to guest Sandy for sharing her memories of HAL dining. For our recent anniversary we went to one of our favorite steak houses and decided to reminisce over places we have loved dining in our thirty years together. We spoke of beachside cafes, elegant resorts, mom and pop diners… and of course, the wonderful…   read more of “Celebrating a 50th…”

Kudos to Oosterdam

Kudos to Oosterdam

Thanks to Johana Rompas for sending us a photo from her trip aboard Oosterdam. I enjoyed the cruise on may 12th-19th with Oosterdam. I love this boat and the nice polite crew with their south eastern smiles.

Delectable Bites from the Pinnacle Grill

Delectable Bites from the Pinnacle Grill

While on board Oosterdam, I couldn’t help myself from photographing the beautiful food. A few of my favorite items from the Pinnacle Grill include the Crab Cakes, the Land and Sea entree, the Chocolate Volcano Cake and the Creme Brûlée Trio.

An Impressive Backdrop for Zaandam

An Impressive Backdrop for Zaandam

Thanks to Dave Fields, Oosterdam’s coordinator of sales and promotions, for sharing this great picture of Zaandam at Juneau, Alaska. Here’s a nice shot of Zaandam at port in Juneau, Alaska. I took this as we sailed away on Oosterdam on a beautiful afternoon.

Mount Edgecumbe Near and Far

Mount Edgecumbe Near and Far

Today Oosterdam is at Sitka, Alaska, and the ship’s Security Officer John Pris was able to capture stunning Mount Edgecumbe up close and from a distance. From any angle it looks just breathtaking! Nice day in Sitka with Mount Edgecumbe, a 3,200-foot tall dormant stratovolcano, located on southern Kruzof Island.

Cruise Diary: Apia, Samoa

Cruise Diary: Apia, Samoa

Although HAL blogger Gary Frink is home from his Oosterdam cruise, he still had a few wonderful posts to share. Enjoy! By a geographic quirk of fate, the international dateline splits the nation of Samoa from American Samoa. By the Oosterdam passing through the dateline, the passengers and crew were rewarded with two Sundays, April…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Apia,…”