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To-date, the line's "On Deck" programs have raised $4 million for cancer support.
To-date, the line's "On Deck" programs have raised $4 million for cancer support.

In honor of #GivingTuesday today, Holland America Line is announcing that its “On Deck for a Cause” shipboard giving program has raised $600,000 since its inception in 2013. The funds benefit six international cancer organizations located in the United States, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom.

To date, Holland America Line has raised a total of $4 million through the combined efforts of On Deck for a Cause and the previous On Deck for a Cure shipboard giving program that raised funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure from April 2006 through February 2013.

On Deck for a Cause invites guests to participate in a noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on every sailing aboard each of the line’s 15 ships, with proceeds distributed among the American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Research UK, Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) and KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society).

Guests of all ages are invited to donate $20 to the Holland America Line Foundation, with a minimum of 80 percent ($16) distributed to the organizations. The remaining 20 percent covers program and administrative expenses. On a day at sea, participants join in a 5k walk around the ship’s decks. Guests may walk less or not at all, as they prefer. Participants also receive an On Deck for a Cause T-shirt, wristband and a reception following the walk. Depending on the ship, the distance to reach 5k ranges from nine to 12 laps.

By the end of 2014, nearly 500 On Deck for a Cause events will have been held across the Holland America Line fleet, with walks taking place on cruises globally on cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific, Alaska’s Inside Passage, Mexico, Asia, the Baltic, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and South America.

In addition to On Deck for a Cause, Holland America Line shoreside staff and shipboard officers, staff and crew participate in giving events throughout the year.

Fundraising for Cancer Information and Support Centre in Jakarta
By Hotel Director Henk Mensink

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While ms Amsterdam called at Tanjung Priok (Jakarta) this Grand Voyage, we collaborated with Wielly Wahyudin to welcome him and CISC onboard.

Wielly Wahyudin is one of the members of CISC, as well as our former Amsterdam shipboard colleague and our previous Crew Officer, who was forced to retire due to a sudden onset of cancer. Wielly now is a proud survivor and brought with him several other survivors to display and sell hand-made batik merchandise, also made by fellow cancer survivors. The proceeds of all sales totaled $1,500 and will benefit a CISC halfway house for cancer patients.

Westerdam Crew Helps Repair School Hit by Hurricane Odile
By Hotel Director Mark Pells

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In September, Hurricane Odile devastated the Mexican port city of Cabo San Lucas – a popular call on Holland America Line’s Mexican Riviera cruises. True to their resilient nature, residents in the area started rebuilding right away to be able to welcome back tourists and cruise ship guests.

Cruise lines were asked to donate what they could. However, officers and crew aboard ms Westerdam decided to take things one step further and use their manpower and resources to make a difference right away. They contacted the local tour operators from Tropical Tours and, together with the port agent, made plans to identify and help out those in need when Westerdam called at Cabo in October.

It was decided that the Amelia Wilkes Primary School, which also caters to special needs students, was the best fit. In a true example of “Team Together, Team Apart,” the Deck Department provided painting supplies and a private tender, the Technical Department collected money to replace lost courtyard awnings and the Hotel Department organized more than 60 volunteers to handle all of the labor. Onboard, support teams packed up sandwiches and refreshments to feed those who would be working in the 100-degree-plus weather.

Buses were arranged for the trip to the school, where the group found that several classrooms had been at least partially exposed to the elements. Everything, even the courtyard, was given a fresh coat of paint – with a few special touches from the Westerdam crew in the form of painted handprints: a creative way to show how honored crew were to lend a hand to the boys and girls from Cabo San Lucas.

Nieuw Amsterdam Crew Members Aid Refugees in Greece
By Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem

Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem, far left, and Assistant Housekeeper Savio DSilva, third from right, with a rescue worker and refugees in Mytilene.

Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem, far left, and Assistant Housekeeper Savio DSilva, third from right, with a rescue worker and refugees in Mytilene.

Crew members from ms Nieuw Amsterdam encountered hundreds of international refugees in the island city of Mytilene, Lesbos, off the coast of Greece when the ship docked there Oct. 9. Naturally they wanted to help, and so they organized a delivery of food and personal items to the island. Crew aboard Nieuw Amsterdam quickly rallied to provide sandwiches, fruit, drinks, blankets and towels for as many people as they could.

“The rescue worker was so appreciative, and we were glad we could do something for these people, who literally have nothing,” said Hotel Director Marco van Belleghem. “We see the situation in these countries on TV every day. But to witness it in real life and see these people who have fled their countries out of fear for their lives hits you hard and makes you realize we have a very good life.”

Holland America Line is honored to be a part of so many giving efforts and to celebrate #GivingTuesday.

Noordam brought Christmas to the kids of Curacao in partnership with the FCCA.
Noordam brought Christmas to the kids of Curacao in partnership with the FCCA.

The season of giving brings many opportunities to help others in need.

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Holland America Line has announced relief support details for the Philippines in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

A pledge of $1 million or more from Holland America Line’s parent company Carnival Corporation & plc, along with the Miami HEAT basketball team, will support relief efforts in communities affected by the disaster. More information is available here: http://bit.ly/1gHl20c.

Loyal cruisers and HAL fans who are interested in making a donation through Holland America Line to support the Philippines Relief effort can find more details here: http://bit.ly/17ni6gZ.

In addition to financial support, we are working closely with business colleagues in Manila — the capital of the Philippines — to gather and provide information to our crew, contact relatives and loved ones, and to support individual requests and situations as they develop.

The outpouring of support for the dedicated officers and crew of Holland America Line is greatly appreciated. As relief efforts take hold on a local and global scale, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our Filipino crew and officers, their loved ones and the entire country of the Philippines.

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Part of the Holland America Line culture is to be a good corporate citizen. The company is proud of the relationships built with organizations in the line’s homeports around the country and in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Each year, Holland America Line hosts more than 25 shipboard charity luncheons for nearly 5,000 guests. In addition, Holland America Line and its corporate foundation’s charitable-giving programs provide cash sponsorships, in-kind donations, free- and reduced-fare cruise donations for nonprofit fundraising events, donations of usable shipboard items around the world, employee volunteerism and other philanthropic activities.

Onboard each ship in the fleet, Holland America Line also features On Deck for a Cause, which invites guests to participate in a noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on every sailing. Proceeds are distributed among the American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Research UK, Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) and KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society).

Recently, Felix Hernandez, Joe Saunders and the Mariner Moose from the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team spent time with kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital as part of the Mariners Care Get Well Tour, presented by Holland America Line.

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Thanks to Kelsey Differding, HAL’s corporate giving coordinator, for sending in this post.

On June 1, Holland America Line welcomed 200 guests aboard Westerdam for the annual Home From the Sea luncheon, a benefit for Seattle’s Catholic Seafarers’ Center (CSC). As part of the event, President and CEO Stein Kruse presented gifts to the Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, archbishop of Seattle, and The Rev. Anthony “Tony” Haycock, Catholic port chaplain. The CSC presented Westerdam Captain John Scott with a donation of phone cards for Westerdam crew members.

The CSC also presented awards to Anna Roberts and Hunter Bloch, representatives from the First Avenue Starbucks, for their contributions and dedication to the center. Guests then enjoyed a wonderful four-course lunch and had an opportunity to tour the ship.

The Catholic Seafarers’ Center, which is located in Belltown, offers a place that seafarers of all nations and faiths can call home. The center provides an inviting environment for visiting crew members in Seattle to enjoy a variety of activities, make a phone call, use a computer or catch a shuttle ride to one of the city’s many shops or attractions. The center’s chaplain boards visiting ships and offers pastoral care, phone cards and hospitality to seafarers.

Stein Kruse (left) with the Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain.

Stein Kruse (left) with the Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain.

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From left: Erin Feller, American Cancer Society; Lisa Meindl, American Cancer Society; Dr. John Chevillet, American Cancer Society Research Grantee; David Rogers, American Cancer Society; Mary Beth Wressell, vice president of marketing communications for Holland America Line; Jonathan Hensley, Regence BlueShield of Washington; Chuck DeGooyer, American Cancer Society; Pamela Baade, manager of corporate giving for Holland America Line, and Mark Wright, KING 5 Morning News.

From left: Erin Feller, American Cancer Society; Lisa Meindl, American Cancer Society; Dr. John Chevillet, American Cancer Society Research Grantee; David Rogers, American Cancer Society; Mary Beth Wressell, vice president of marketing communications for Holland America Line; Jonathan Hensley, Regence BlueShield of Washington; Chuck DeGooyer, American Cancer Society; Pamela Baade, manager of corporate giving for Holland America Line, and Mark Wright, KING 5 Morning News.

This past weekend we hosted a celebratory luncheon aboard Westerdam at the Port of Seattle in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday. The event was held with the Puget Sound chapter of the organization.

“We were honored to host this milestone luncheon for the American Cancer Society,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “Having entered into a more comprehensive partnership with the American Cancer Society this year, we’re proud to support an organization that touches so many lives around the world.”

Kruse is a member of the American Cancer Society’s “CEOs Against Cancer” program, and we raise funds through our “On Deck for a Cause” shipboard giving program that benefits six international cancer organizations, including the American Cancer Society.

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Holland America Line has been a proud sponsor of the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus since 2003. On Saturday May 11, the SMC had their annual black tie auction and dinner, and this year’s theme was “Springtime in Paris.”

The organization raises funds for local LGBT community programs, youth “It Gets Better” outreach project and a youth scholarship fund. Among those in attendance from Holland America Line were Christy Oakland, senior director reservations; Greg Crick, senior manager guest relations; Dee Keegan-Grant, executive assistant to Stein Kruse; Leon Gessula, senior director revenue management and myself. Company associates in attendance were Jeff Cacy, managing director airline marketing Boeing Corporation and Nancy Hollenbeck, co-owner Hollenbeck Productions. It was a smashing success and with the help of a 10-day Holland America Line cruise in the auction line-up, the evening’s goal fund target was raised!

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From left: Jeff Cacy, Nancy Hollenbeck and myself.

From left: Jeff Cacy, Nancy Hollenbeck and myself.

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On Earth Day, employees from Holland America Line, Seabourn and other Seattle-based cruise lines cleaned up Golden Gardens Park off the city’s beach. The event was hosted by Cruise Line International Association as part of their “Cruise Forward” initiative, in partnership with the volunteer organizers from Seattle Works, representatives from the Port of Seattle and staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation. In addition to Holland America Line and Seabourn, volunteers were drawn from locally based Windstar Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Despite the hard work, everyone had a lot of fun! Read more about the event from our partners at CLIA by clicking here, and enjoy some photos from the day.

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