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25
Mar 2014

Holland America Line’s Incredible Crew

Submitted by: HAB Editorial Team
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On every cruise, Holland America Line crew members work endlessly to ensure that each guest has a memorable vacation. Whether it’s knowing that you take your morning coffee with cream and sugar or helping recommend the perfect shore excursion, everyone is dedicated to providing guests with gracious and personalized service.
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10
Mar 2014

Fans Cruise Europe from North to South

Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team
Santorini, Greece, by submitted by guest James. B.
Santorini, Greece, by submitted by guest James. B.

From the fjords of Norway to Greece’s golden beaches, Holland America Line’s Europe cruises span the entire region. North, south, east and west, Holland America Line carefully crafts each itinerary to showcase the most exciting, interesting, popular, unique and memorable ports of call.
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25
Nov 2013
Competitor Steve Allwine gets 10’s across the board on Veendam.
Competitor Steve Allwine gets 10’s across the board on Veendam.

Holland America Line is extending its highly successful “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” program with six theme cruises in 2014. Once again the program will culminate with a Champions Cruise guest dance-off competition on the Dec. 6, 2014, Caribbean sailing of ms Westerdam. The hugely popular onboard experience brings the excitement of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars” to all 15 premium ships of Holland America Line.

Like 2013, the 2014 schedule will feature “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” programming on all sailings throughout the year, in addition to six special “Dancing with the Stars” theme cruises featuring the show’s professional dancers and celebrities. Scheduled to sail on all six theme cruises in 2014 are professional dancers Tristan MacManus and Kym Johnson and television personality Carson Kressley and actress Sabrina Bryan.

Celebrity Carson Kressley, center, after the fashion show. Thanks to dace pro Emma Slater for the photo! @emmaslaterfans

Celebrity Carson Kressley, center, after the fashion show. Thanks to dace pro Emma Slater for the photo! @emmaslaterfans

Six Theme Cruises and the Chance to Sail with Dance Pros and Celebrities from the Hit ABC Show

The “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” 2014 theme cruises are: Jun. 14 and Jun. 21 aboard ms Zuiderdam, 7-day Alaska from Vancouver, British Columbia; July 26 and Aug. 2 aboard Westerdam, 7-day Alaska from Seattle, Wash.; and Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 aboard Westerdam, 7-day Eastern Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Each theme cruise features guest performances from the dance pros and celebrities, dazzling the audience with routines from the television series. Additional events on theme cruises include dance lessons with the ship’s professional dancers, a special fashion show featuring glamorous show costumes and a chance to meet the dance pros and celebrities, ask questions and take photos with them.

“Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Dance Competition for Guests

Beginning with cruises that depart on or after Nov. 26, 2013, every sailing on all 15 ships in the Holland America Line fleet including the theme cruises will feature an exclusive “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” program. Included are complimentary dance lessons with the ship’s dance professionals and a dance-off competition for participating guests to compete for a chance to represent their ship on the 2014 Champions Cruise on Dec. 6, 2014. There will be a total of 15 winners, one per ship. Sailings with departure dates through Oct. 17, 2014 are eligible.

Winner Mary Suttles with partner Chase T. onboard Prinsedam.

Winning guest Mary Suttles with partner Chase T. onboard Prinsedam.

Following preliminary rounds on each cruise, finalists will be paired with a Holland America Line dance professional to perform one of the show’s routines and compete against their fellow guests center stage in the ship’s main show lounge. A judging panel — senior ship officers, shipboard professional dancers and other cruise staff — will score participants’ performances and combine those scores with audience appreciation scores for a total tally to determine the winning guest Cruise Champion for each cruise. Judges onboard the six theme cruises may also include some of the “Dancing with the Stars” dance pros or celebrities onboard.

I competed [in the "Dancing with the Stars: at Sea" guest competition] and was a champion on ms Eurodam the week of Oct 27-Nov 3, 2013. It was so much fun and I was so happy to be crowned the Champion at the time, and I am hoping to be a winner for the Grand finale since I love to perform in front of the audience and especially Pro-Dancers Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus. — Guest Austin Tran

Guest Austin Tran and his shipboard pro dance partner.

Guest Austin Tran and his shipboard pro dance partner.

Beginning Oct. 31, 2014, winners of the guest competitions with the highest scores from each of Holland America Line’s 15 ships will be notified they have won a free ocean view stateroom on the Dec. 6, 2014, Champions Cruise to compete for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy and title of Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion.

Have you competed in a “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” shipboard competition? Tell us about it in the comments below!

21
Nov 2013
A live performance at Eurodam's B.B. King's Blues Club. Photo by Barbara Fox.
A live performance at Eurodam's B.B. King's Blues Club. Photo by Barbara Fox.

Now guests can groove on to the soulful sounds of B.B. King on four more Holland America Line ships. Due to the exceptional popularity of the first B.B. King’s Blues Club on ms Eurodam, the experience will expand to five ships in 2014. The concept that debuted in March 2013 will become an integral part of the nightly entertainment experience on Eurodam, ms Noordam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Westerdam and ms Zuiderdam.

In addition, “Live from B.B. King’s” headlines one night on the ship’s main stage in the Show Lounge.

Enthralling guests with its musicianship and quality, the B.B. King’s Blues Club band will return to Eurodam for an open-ended run starting on March 23, 2014, following their current run through Dec. 8, 2013. The Club will be onboard Westerdam now through April 5, 2014, and Zuiderdam now through March 17. Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam begin open-ended runs of B.B. King’s Blues Clubs, with launch dates of Dec. 16 and April 6, respectively.

This video shows the band in action. It’s hard not to dance in your chair, isn’t it?

Journalist Doug Parker of CruiseRadio recently sailed on Eurodam and wrote about his B.B. King’s Blues Club experience:

One not to miss event on the Eurodam is the B.B. King’s Blues Club. Based on the legendary blues singer B.B. King, the club takes place for about 2.5-hours in the Queens Lounge aboard the ship and is rocking non-stop. You’ll will hear music across the board, so it’s not all just rhythm and blues. They did a cover of Purple Rain and they rocked the house. It’s really interactive too because guests are up dancing and having a good time.

The music and excitement that comes direct from Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., thrills guests five nights a week when world-class musicians from the B.B. King Blues Club Band create a dynamic sound to get the crowd energized. The eight-piece band features two vocalists backed by a drummer, bassist, guitarist, sax player, trumpeter and organist.

Each ships’ Queen’s Lounge will be trimmed with portraits of the Memphis Blues legend, illuminating the prominence of Memphis blues and its influence on everyone from Sam & Dave and Otis Redding to The Rolling Stones and Neil Diamond. A special stage will be crafted to resemble a Memphis nightclub with hanging guitars as a backdrop. Exclusive specialty cocktails from the land-based clubs also will be served, featuring the tasty, rum-based Lucille and Rock Me Baby concoctions mixed with different fruit liqueurs and juices.

Journalists Jim and Barbara Fox also sailed on Eurodam and wrote about the B.B. King’s Blues Club on their blog, Out to Sea:

“The club’s All Star Band had showgoers at two performances in the Mainstage theatre on their feet, grooving with the Memphis sounds by such artists as B.B., Sam and Dave and Otis Redding … Band leader Primo even has a legendary Hammond B-3 organ heard so often in the blues classics while Tony, who along with vocals, recreates the guitar playing of the late Jimi Hendrix.”

If you haven’t gotten enough, here’s a longer jam session in Eurodam’s B.B. King’s Blues Club:

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Created and named after the reigning king of the blues and recording artist for more than four decades, the land-based B.B. King’s Blues Club is a supper club–style restaurant. B.B. King’s offers a perfect blend of some of the finest live music and a variety of the South’s most delicious comfort foods influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bbkingclubs.com.

19
Nov 2013

‘A Taste of De Librije’ Debuts on Eurodam

Submitted by: HAL Culinary Team
Seared North Sea Cod with Speck Ham.
Seared North Sea Cod with Speck Ham.

As you’ve read about on the Holland America Blog, last year the company debuted a new alternative dining option exclusively aboard ms Rotterdam called “Taste of De Librije” featuring the cuisine of Culinary Council member and Michelin Three Star Chef Jonnie Boer. Given its popularity and success as an alternative dining option, the line has extended the experience to ms Eurodam.

Once per cruise the Pinnacle Grill on both Eurodam and Rotterdam is transformed for dinner with service staff wearing the uniform livery from the land-based De Librije, the restaurant’s table set-up is replicated and the wine list highlights a selection of labels from the Lady De Librije collection. Reservations can be made for “Taste of De Librije” for a $69 surcharge per person including wine pairings.

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When guests return to their stateroom following the dining experience, they will find a special Jonnie Boer surprise gift.

Cruise Critic’s Allwayscruising wrote: We did it on the Rotterdam last Jan 2013 and it was an experience in culinary excess. If you are a foodie and want to see what can be done to food in this new deconstruction, molecular fad, then this is a great opportunity.

To enhance the program even more, recently Rotterdam launched a new De Librije menu featuring additional dishes by Boer. The five-course menu starts with North Sea Scallops served to all diners. From there, guests can select among three appetizers, two soups, four entrees and three desserts. The tantalizing dishes include the favorite Oysters on the Beach with micro greens (which was on the first menu as well); Lobster Bisque Foam with Alaskan king crab, brioche croutons and tarragon; North Sea Turbot with Iberico Ham; Broiled Beef Tenderloin with parsnip puree, roasted leek and hache; and Deconstructed Apple Pie with vanilla gelato and Chantilly-style cream, and Rice Chocolate Stones with tuile and red curry marinated strawberries. The two desserts also were on the first menu.

Lobster Bisque.

Lobster Bisque Foam.

Rotterdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Norbert sent us this note about the implementation:

Chefs Jeroen Achtien and Rik Van De Laar from the De Librije land-based restaurant assisted the Rotterdam team during the implementation of the new menu. The Pinnacle Grill galley team led by Kim Van Grinsven, the restaurant team and manager Jan Boer and Rob Van Leeuween, all did a great job and achieved a great launch for our guests!

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When a Taste of De Librije debuted on Rotterdam, the ship held a special event with Boer onboard. Here he is at that event:

De Librije debuted on ms Rotterdam in May of 2013. From left: Hotel Director Mike Mahn, HAL’s Senior Director of Sales North & Central Europe Nico Bleichrodt, Thérèse Boer, Master Chef Rudi Sodamin and Chef Jonnie Boer.

From left: Hotel Director Mike Mahn, HAL’s Senior Director of Sales North & Central Europe Nico Bleichrodt, Thérèse Boer, Master Chef Rudi Sodamin and Chef Jonnie Boer.

Cruise Critic’s Surfcitygirl wrote: We enjoyed the Librije on the Rotterdam in April. The entire experience was the best dinner of the cruise. We enjoyed the food, the ambiance, the service, and the surprises. Never knew what we would get next.

If you want to see Boer in action, check out this video of him making his famous Oysters on the Beach:

Boer is a rising star of the Dutch culinary scene. In addition to being a member of Holland America Line’s esteemed Culinary Council since 2010, comprised of five international chefs, he is chef and co-owner of Michelin-rated De Librije Restaurant and De Librije Hotel in Zwolle, Netherlands. Boer holds the Relais & Chateaux grand chef designation.

29
Oct 2013

Chance Encounters on Holland America Line Cruises

Submitted by: HAB Editorial Team
Kees van der Kooy spotted himself on Eurodam in a 1961 photo.
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.

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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 Sailing they were on) for his father. The captain thought this hat was so creative that he awarded Kees and his father with a price … a Delft Blue House that Kees still has on display above the fireplace at his home. — Eurodam Hotel Director Stan Kuppens

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Here’s an incredible tale about a chance encounter with a family member while sailing on Prinsendam.

Edna and J. Richard Airey, with Joanne and Gary Graf in the Pinnacle Grill for our final evening together.

Edna and J. Richard Airey with Joanne and Gary Graf in the Pinnacle Grill.

Sailing last year around the Iberian Peninsula on the Prinsendam, I received a call from the front office, saying a lady wanted to speak to me. She had found my room key, which I had lost the previous day, and recognized my name. When I answered her call, she asked if I was Auntie Edna, as she had found my card with my full name on it and figured there could not be two people with that name. Of course I realized she was my Canadian niece whom I had not seen for years, and made a date to meet in the bar that evening.

What fun when she and her husband met my husband and me in the bar! Somehow we recognized each other even though I had seen her only once since she was a child. What a coincidence that she would be on the same cruise and then find my key! We had a great time getting reacquainted over the next two weeks, and we are now in constant touch. This chance meeting was the icing on the cake on a really great cruise. — Edna Airey

Sometimes it’s nice to go home again to a place that was a big part of your life, like these two former crew members.

Volendam had two special guests on a recent cruise that used to be dining room stewards on Holland America Line in 1969. Adolf Eitzenberger and Bernard Oost both worked on ms Statendam and shared “then” and “now” photos.

Dining room stewards Bernard Oost, right, and Adolf Eitzenberger on Statendam in 1969.

Dining room stewards Bernard Oost, right, and Adolf Eitzenberger on Statendam in 1969.

From left: Assistant Dining Room Manager Raymond van Hoorn, Bernard Oost, Adolf Eitzenberger (back), Assistant Dining Room Manager Aris Nurdianto and Dining Room Greeter Putu Andara on their recent cruise.

From left: Assistant Dining Room Manager Raymond van Hoorn, Bernard Oost, Adolf Eitzenberger (back), Assistant Dining Room Manager Aris Nurdianto and Dining Room Greeter Putu Andara on their recent cruise.

11
Oct 2013

Captain’s Log: Eurodam is Saguenay’s 100th Cruise Ship Call

Submitted by: Eurodam Captain Henk Keijer
Captain Keijer and Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay exchanging gifts.
Captain Keijer and Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay exchanging gifts.

Here are some photographs of our welcome to Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, yesterday as the 100 call to the port. It was a very special event in picture-perfect conditions.

Our guests were overwhelmed by the welcome we received. A folklore show was awaiting our arrival and Hotel Director Ron Bontenbal and I were welcomed by the local dignitaries including the mayor of Saguenay.

The vessel received a beautiful painting and we returned the gesture with an inaugural Delft plate.

Captain Keijer and Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay cutting the cake.

Captain Keijer and Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay cutting the cake.

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8
Oct 2013
Chef English making his recipes in the Culinary Arts Center.
Chef English making his recipes in the Culinary Arts Center.

On a recent Noordam cruise, Chef Kelly English entertained guests in the Culinary Arts Center with cooking demonstrations of three of his signature dishes: Harissa “Café Au Lait,” Grilled Peach Crème Brûlée and Spicy and Sweet Peach “Situation.” The recipes are below so you can make them at home.

If you like to cook like a chef or simply enjoy watching these professionals at work, there’s still time this year to sail with a culinary expert. Several of the Caribbean itineraries this winter will feature an exceptional guests chef who will demonstrate their knowledge as part of the Culinary Arts Center program. Here are the chefs scheduled to appear, but if you’d like view the entire schedule online visit the Holland America Line website.

Giuliano Hazan will be on Zuiderdam Oct. 18 for a 10-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Hazan is an author, teacher, entrepreneur, and one of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking. He is author of the 1993 international bestseller The Classic Pasta Cookbook and received the Cooking Teacher of the Year Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2007.

Colby and Megan Garrelts, executive chef and pastry chef at bluestem in Kansas City, Mo., will be on Eurodam’s Oct. 27 seven-day western Caribbean cruise. Megan Schultz graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1998, then was hired at TRU in Chicago, where she met her future husband, Colby Garrelts, a 2005 Food & Wine Top New Chef. In 2003 they opened bluestem, which showcases Colby’s progressive American cuisine and Megan’s new American desserts. The “Wall Street Journal” called it “the most sophisticated place to eat between Chicago and Aspen.”

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