August is a holy month for Muslims around the world and for our brothers and sisters aboard ms Rotterdam because of Ramadan. On August 20, several Muslim crew members visited a mosque called The Saint Petersburg Mosque in Russia. The mosque was constructed from 1909 until 1913 by Nikolai Vasiliev. The building is 45m in… read more of “Rotterdam Crew…”
On the morning of August 17, we were honored to celebrate Indonesia’s 66th Independence Day with a traditional flag raising ceremony. The event was a very solemn occasion, which celebrated the Independence while also honoring those who sacrificed their lives for their country. Assistant Dining Room Manager Dadan Setiawan served as Inspector and presided over… read more of “Eurodam’s…”
On a crisp, overcast morning in Haines, Alaska, I was on the bow beaming with pride for a country that was not even mine. It was August 17, Indonesia’s Independence Day. So contagious is the pride that our Indonesian crew have for their homeland that I almost thought for a moment that I could speak… read more of “Zaandam Celebrates…”
Statendam’s Indonesian Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony took place on August 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. on the bow of the ship. The Alaskan weather had been rainy but let up just in time for the ceremony. Several of the crew and officers showed up to show appreciation for our Indonesian crew members. Later, after… read more of “Flag Raising…”
In Warnemunde, Germany Eurodam celebrated the Indonesian Independence Day with pier side games. Laughter could be heard echoing throughout the pier as crew from all departments took part in the traditional Indonesian games that range from sack races to bakiak ski races and pencil in a bottle competitions. Here are some great photos of the… read more of “Eurodam’s…”
Robert “Nick” Nichols, Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, sent us the following note and photos from the center’s recent Indonesian Independence Day celebration. Nieuw Jakarta is HAL’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Staff, students and management of ms Nieuw Jakarta celebrated Indonesia’s Independence day with a breaking the fast ceremony of special Indonesian holiday foods…. read more of “Nieuw Jakarta…”
As per a long standing tradition, the Indonesian Independence Day celebrations are surrounded with sporting activities. Many crew members and officers fully enjoy participating in those activities. The winners were honored with a prize and a nice certificate directly after the flag raising ceremony. A. C. van der Loo is Oosterdam’s master.
The Indian crew on board Veendam celebrated India’s Independence Day on August 15. Although the Indian community is small on-board, the enthusiasm and spirit of crew members of all nationalities transformed the celebration into a fun night of music, dance and socializing. “Though we are in mid seas far away from our country we love… read more of “Veendam Crew…”