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Researched and Written By Aaron Saunders

Friday, March 4, 2011

Photos of the Week - March 4

It's Friday, and that means it's time for our Cruise Photo of the Week.

This week, we figured it was appropriate to feature some photographs of Holland America Line's 2003-built Oosterdam.   Just yesterday, the line announced it would deploy the popular Vista-class ship to Australia during the winter (summer in Australia) 2012-2013 cruise season, resulting in a 25% increase in overall capacity in the region which has exploded in popularity in recent years.

 Oosterdam tied up at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC.
Photo © Aaron Saunders

Carrying just under 2,000 passengers, this will be the first time a Vista-class ship has ventured to Australia, and the first time Oosterdam has left the Pacific Coast since spending a season in Europe in 2009.   For most of her career, she has stuck to the Mexican Riviera run from San Diego during winter, and operated roundtrip sailings on Alaska's Hubbard Glacier route from Seattle during summer.

Holland America even plans to open a dedicated office in Sydney to serve the ever-growing Australian cruise market, and both North Americans and Aussies alike have reason to be excited about this recent deployment decision.

So to round off this first week in March, we present: the Oosterdam.

 Passengers are likely to visit the striking, three-story atrium
when they first embark.  The Earth is made of Waterford Crystal.
Photo © Aaron Saunders

Those looking for the ultimate onboard relaxation may wish to
purchase a week pass to the ship's Hydrotherapy Pool.
Photo © Aaron Saunders

 Stairwells are adorned with original paintings by 
renowned maritime artist, Stephen J. Card.
Photo © Aaron Saunders

 One of the most beautiful features of the Oosterdam is her 
wraparound, teak promenade deck. 
Photo © Aaron Saunders

 Foodies may want to sample the cuisine - and atmosphere - in
the Pinnacle Grill, Holland America's fee-based specialty restaurant.
Photo © Aaron Saunders

 The ultimate relaxation: a beautifully presented Martini in the
Oosterdam's signature Ocean Bar.
Photo © Aaron Saunders

From the Deck Chair will return Sunday, March 6th.


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