Jul 2013

Celebrating a 50th on Oosterdam

Submitted by: Diana

Thanks to guest Sandy for sharing her memories of HAL dining.

For our recent anniversary we went to one of our favorite steak houses and decided to reminisce over places we have loved dining in our thirty years together. We spoke of beachside cafes, elegant resorts, mom and pop diners… and of course, the wonderful dining rooms of Holland America.

Although we’ve been on several HAL ships, and the dining rooms are all unique, they’re also all the same. The incredible nightly menu, the wonderful welcome from the staff, the grand service, and the traditional Indonesian celebration song floating along with the ship.

I always get a little lump in my throat the first evening of every cruise when I step into the dining room. I’m home, and it feels so good!

This time around we celebrated my husband’s 50th birthday on the m.s. Oosterdam. No place we’d rather be. Happy Birthday to Gary! Panjang Umurnya, Serta Mulia!

50th Birthday


  1. Wow! Love the picture and the article and we are glad we were there to share the special day!

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