Kees van der Kooy spotted himself on Eurodam in a 1961 photo.
Miraculous things can happen at any time. Some call it fate, others destiny. Sometimes it’s just being in the right place at the right time. With Holland America Line’s history spanning more than 140 years, it’s inevitable that many of our guests experience these encounters onboard. These wonderful stories below tell the tales of four different guests. One was taken back to his youth, another was reunited with a long-lost family member and two came home again to their Holland America Line family. Enjoy these heartwarming stories, and tell us … Did you have a chance encounter on your Holland America Line cruise? Did fate step in and play an important part of your vacation? Tell us about it in the comments below! Eurodam’s Hotel Director Stan Kuppens sent in this remarkable story about a guest who needed to do a double-take in a corridor onboard. Kees van der Kooy recently sailed on ms Eurodam and to his surprise, while walking in the corridor on Deck 4 he all of a sudden looked himself in the eyes … 52 years later. On ms Eurodam we have black and white photos hanging in the guest corridors for decor. Guests love these black and white photos and often walk around the ship looking at them. We have pictures of ships, crew, ship building and also of guests. Kees van der Kooy was on the ss Rotterdam 52 years ago on the “Tulip Sailing” from New York to Rotterdam. His parents (also in the photos) were heading permanently back home to Holland after staying and working in Curacao for 10 years. On this sailing several pictures were taken and obviously later used by VFD (our Interior Designer) to be placed onboard the ms Eurodam as corridor art. You can imagine the surprise when Kees saw himself in the 1961 photos of him and his family. The event taking place in the pictures was “Create Your Own Hat” in which the guests had to dress themselves up. Kees was wearing a fur hat and he made a Tulip Hat (very appropriate for the Tulip […]