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Oosterdam’s King Neptune Ceremony

Oosterdam’s King Neptune Ceremony

During the 24-day South Pacific Crossing, the ms Oosterdam passed the Equator on April 23, 2013, where King Neptune, Majesty of the Seas, granted passage at his Venerable Court to all officers and crew that they’ve been found worthy to be granted membership in his domain, the Royal and Ancient Order of Shellbacks. Naturally, there were…   read more of “Oosterdam’s King…”

Cruise Diary: The Oosterdam Music Makers

Cruise Diary: The Oosterdam Music Makers

HAL blogger Gary Frink recently sailed on board Oosterdam and sent in post from his voyage. I might have met the happiest employee on the planet. When I first approached Gervay Burnett, leader of one of the two HALCats musical units aboard (quintets, each with a keyboard player, drummer, bass and guitar player and a…   read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”

Kudos for the Island Magic Steel Band

Kudos for the Island Magic Steel Band

My wife and I were on the last cruise of the Zuiderdam for the Caribbean season from April 8 to April 19. We had the opportunity to attend both concerts of the Island Magic Steel Band. It has been many years since I enjoyed a presentation such as theirs. They are just a phenomenal band…   read more of “Kudos for the…”

Rotterdam Wows With Special Farewell

Rotterdam Wows With Special Farewell

On the last day of our Passage to the Far East voyage, we said goodbye to our guests with a beautiful display of authentic Indonesian art, a rickshaw we brought from Bali and an Indonesian buffet presented by the lido team.

Two Beverage Managers Get Together

Two Beverage Managers Get Together

Recently ms Zaandam and ms Statendam met in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This gave me the opportunity to meet and share experiences and ideas from the new On Location* program Mexico with Alphonse, Statendam’s beverage manager. The ideas, laughter and camaraderie flowed through the short time we were together as we had to return to…   read more of “Two Beverage…”