Submitted by: Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft
Holland America Line has extremely loyal guests called Mariners. They return time and again, year after year. They travel for weeklong vacations and 100-plus-day Grand World Voyages. They are our greatest ambassadors and true members of the Holland America Line family. But you don’t need to sail on a dozen cruises to become a Mariner — even guests who have sailed on one Holland America Line cruise instantly become a Mariner. We enjoy celebrating special moments with all of our guests — both new and returning — and recently we’ve had some special milestones celebrated onboard by some of our valued Mariner Society members. Statendam’s Hotel Director Bert van Mackelenbergh sent in the above heartwarming photo of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, two Holland America Line Mariners, who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on board. Captain Eric van der Wal and Bert joined them for a photo to congratulate the “newlyweds.” Dolly Smith is a long-time, extremely loyal guest of Holland America Line. She started sailing on HAL in 1985 and by the end of 2014 she will have sailed on 23 Holland America Line Grand Voyages — including many Grand World Voyages.