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140 Years Young: Westerdam and Oosterdam Go Green

140 Years Young: Westerdam and Oosterdam Go Green

July 29, 2006: Vista-class cruise ships Westerdam and Oosterdam are retrofitted to use shore power at the Port of Seattle to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions when in Seattle.

Snorkeling in the Caribbean

Snorkeling in the Caribbean

Thanks to Melanie Snedeker, Holland America Line’s product manager — Exotic & Grand Voyages, who sent in these beautiful photos from her Catamaran Sailaway Beach & Snorkel tour in Grand Turk. She sailed on Westerdam in March.

Mariner Celebrates 93rd Birthday

Mariner Celebrates 93rd Birthday

Mariner Julia Furston celebrated her 93rd birthday on board Westerdam this past month. Here is a picture of Julia with some of the Westerdam staff during the celebration. Tim Krabill is Westerdam’s human resources manager.

Touring Tongass Rainforest in Sitka

Touring Tongass Rainforest in Sitka

Thanks to HAL guest Jim for sending this note and photo from his recent cruise to Alaska. Just returned from the seven-day Glacier Cruise on Westerdam and I had to get the word out that the Tongass Rain Forest Nature Hike excursion in Sitka was our favorite. The boat left us on a rainforest island…   read more of “Touring Tongass…”

Former HAL CEO Hosts Shore Excursion for Crew

Former HAL CEO Hosts Shore Excursion for Crew

Former HAL CEO Kirk Lanterman and his wife Janet have been sailing aboard the Westerdam this week experiencing the incredible sights of Alaska and warm hospitality of our crew. Generously, Mr. and Mrs. Lanterman offered to provide and host a special Shore Excursion for our hard-working team. Eighty crewmembers were excited to sail onboard our…   read more of “Former HAL CEO…”

Nature at its Finest in Alaska

Nature at its Finest in Alaska

Thanks to Brad Willey, Holland America Line’s guest relations representative, for this wonderful post! On our last-minute cruise on board ms Westerdam we were able to take part in the ‘Sea Otter Quest and Fortress of the Bear’ shore excursion. This tour was by far the most extraordinary of the entire week. Fortress of the…   read more of “Nature at its…”

Cruisin’ Dads: Special Moments

Cruisin’ Dads: Special Moments

This photograph is of my son Marcus and my husband Dan on our March 2012 Southern Caribbean cruise on the MS Westerdam. They were on the bow of the boat as we were pulling in to Curacao. My husband always makes sure that our son gets these kind of experiences when we travel. This cruise…   read more of “Cruisin’…”

Westerdam in the Caribbean

Westerdam in the Caribbean

Here are some great photos of Westerdam in the Caribbean. HAL guest Jason took the photos while sailing in January. Thanks, Jason!