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Oosterdam Crew Tour Rotorua, New Zealand

Oosterdam Crew Tour Rotorua, New Zealand

During its South Pacific Crossing, the crew of the ms Oosterdam were treated to a tour of Te Puia in Rotorua, New Zealand, where traditional dances were performed for the group.

ms Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates New Graduates

ms Nieuw Jakarta Celebrates New Graduates

Robert “Nick” Nichols, ms Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, sent us the following note and photos of the center’s recent classes of graduates. ms Nieuw Jakarta is HAL’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Congratulations to the 175th class and graduates of the Housekeeping/Laundry class and the 40th Clerk class held at ms Nieuw Jakarta. Participants…   read more of “ms Nieuw Jakarta…”

Time Travel Aboard Oosterdam

Time Travel Aboard Oosterdam

During its 24-day South Pacific Crossing voyage, the ms Oosterdam experienced April 21 twice, as it passed the international date line through the islands of Western and American Samoa. For the first April 21, 2013, the Oosterdam invited a local Christian youth group on board during its call at Apia, Western Samoa. Hosted by our…   read more of “Time Travel Aboard…”

Hobbiton Crew Tour in New Zealand

Hobbiton Crew Tour in New Zealand

During Oosterdam’s South Pacific Crossing, International Concierge Maria Boyen shared with me her experience on the Hobbiton Movie Set crew tour that took place March 28, 2013, near Tauranga, New Zealand. She and the crew loved visiting the original movie set of “The Lord of the Rings!” Twenty-two brave men and women of the fellowship…   read more of “Hobbiton Crew Tour…”

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…”