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Cruise Diary: Wedding at Sea

Nancy Moen and Chuck Velte exchanged vows on board Oosterdam March 7.

After disembarking from ms Oosterdam and waiting for our flights home, Chuck and I met excited travelers just arriving in San Diego for their cruises. We assured a first-time sailor that her voyage would be a week to savor.

We hope all sailing couples experience the romantic atmosphere and incomparable cuisine of the Oosterdam’s Pinnacle Grill Restaurant where Chuck and I shared a cote de boeuf, lobster salad and other unsurpassed tasty treats prepared by Chef Orly Obejerna and team. Not to be missed in the restaurant is the stunning décor featuring lighted murals of world explorers.

There’s never enough time to say thanks in person to the many staff members who make a cruise sail smoothly, so we’d like to ask the congenial Captain Arjen van der Loo to pass along our compliments to the people under his charge, with special mention to the following: Hotel Manager Douglas Hernandez, who supervises this remarkable hotel at sea; Cruise Director John Mann, coordinator of onboard activities; Events Coordinator Heather Davidoff and Guest Relations Director Jig Macatangay, for their attention to detail that guarantees smooth sailing; Doctor Williamson, for assisting with Chuck’s dental emergency; Marketing Manager Chris Butcher, for a behind-the-scenes tour; cabin steward Ronnie, for the adorable monkey towel art that sent us into peals of laughter on the final cruise day; and the many waiters, servers, entertainers and office staff members who do their jobs with a smile that reflects Holland America’s commitment to customer service.

Beautiful Oosterdam, we will see you again. A cruise to Alaska or the Panama Canal would be a perfect anniversary celebration. – Nancy and Chuck

Editor’s Note: The wedding vow exchange in these posts is not a legal wedding but is a lovely, personal ceremony. Weddings can be arranged with Holland America Line but legal ceremonies must be performed in ports of call or on Half Moon Cay. For more details, please contact Royal Ocean Events at 1-888-475-5511 or

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