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Holland America Line honored recent (or soon-to-be) retirees at the Senior Management Conference banquet in Rotterdam. We’re sure you’ll recognized some of your favorite faces from our offices and fleet. Congratulations, and here’s wishing them all the best in their retirement!
Culinary Council Member Johnnie Boer recently hosted a special luncheon on Rotterdam with Master Chef and Culinary Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin to celebrate ‘A Taste of de Librije’ in the Pinnacle Grill.
The lunch consisted of items from the “Taste of De Librije” menu, a five-course dinner served once each cruise exclusively aboard Rotterdam. De Librije is Boer’s Michelin-rated restaurant in Zwolle, Netherlands. As part of the alternative dining option on Rotterdam, the Pinnacle Grill is transformed — service staff wear the uniform livery from De Librije, the restaurant’s table setup is replicated and the wine list highlights a selection of labels from the Lady De Librije collection. Sodamin and Traveling Corporate Executive Chef John Mulvaney helped orchestrate the event.
The four-course menu prepared consisted of “Oysters on the Beach” (foie gras, oyster and micro greens); seared North Sea cod with speck ham (served with coconut foam and lemon grass); duo of lamb loin and crusted lamb neck (served with lentil sprouts, watercress, carrot coulis and lamb jus reduction), and deconstructed apple pie (served with vanilla gelato and Chantilly-style cream).
April 30 was Queen’s Day in the Netherlands, and Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne after 33 years as the Dutch monarch. Thanks to Cruise Director Glen Coenen for sharing photos of Queen’s Day celebrations aboard Rotterdam.
The Abdication was shown all day in the Crow’s Nest and the crew organized an afternoon party with the onboard band. Club HAL set up a face painting station and the crew did some line dancing to warm up the crowd. We sang the national anthem, blew the ship’s horn and went straight into a “polonaise,” or Dutch Conga Line. At 9 p.m. the party continued in the Crow’s Nest with DJ Rene.
Celebrating the 140th anniversary of Holland America Line, we dedicated several events to this special occasion. First, a Dutch-themed dinner in the dining room, then a birthday party by the pool, and finally a special dessert extravaganza presented to our guests, showcasing the talent of our galley team, led by Executive Chef Daniel Hrgic and Pastry Chef Alex Latayan, who was mainly responsible for those sweet creations.