Every Grand World Voyage lives up to its name, but this year’s journey was made especially memorable by the presence of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who boarded ms Amsterdam at Durban, South Africa, March 28 and disembarked at Cape Town April 1.
Thanks to Ingrid Zeeuw, Product & Marketing Manager North & Central Europe, for these photos and post.
Yesterday in Holland America Line’s Rotterdam office, President and CEO Stein Kruse celebrated the 140th anniversary of the company with a beautiful cake. The cake had a very unique element — a QR code! Anyone who scans the code into their smartphone will go to an online video about the 140th Anniversary. Following the office celebration, there was a special walking tour from the ss Rotterdam to the line’s former office at Hotel New York. The evening culminated with a dinner on ss Rotterdam.
Holland America Line President and CEO and Seabourn Chairman Stein Kruse joined employees during the companies’ fifth annual community giving week at Northwest Harvest, an organization that feeds the hungry in Washington State.
As part of annual holiday activities, more than 400 Holland America Line and Seabourn employees helped process and prepare more than 100,000 pounds of food for area food banks, shelters and meal programs. During the week of Dec. 3 through 7, employees volunteered for morning and afternoon shifts at the Kent, Wash., distribution center for Northwest Harvest. Kruse also presented Northwest Harvest with a monetary and grocery card donation totaling more than $2,700 on behalf of the cruise lines and their employees.
Special thanks to HAL’s Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft for this post.
Holland America Line’s flagship the ms Amsterdam set sail from Seattle Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, for her 75-day Grand Asia and Australia Voyage. This circle navigation of the Pacific Rim will showcase the people and cultures of Russia, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Hawaii, before arriving in San Diego Dec. 5, 2012. Seattle’s Smith Cove cruise terminal set the stage for this memorable voyage. Red Chinese lanterns hung from the ceiling and a 20-foot statue of Neptune greeted guests at the entrance with a Bon Voyage sign intertwined with fresh flowers. The check-in desks were lined with tropical floral arrangements including flags of each country the guests would visit in the next 75 days.
Although the skies were gray with a slight drizzle, smiles from the ship’s officers and crew warmed up the terminal as they greeted arriving guests. Holland America Line President & CEO Stein Kruse, Captain Everson, Hotel Manager Henk Mensink, myself, Cruise Director Gene Young and Sr. Director Revenue Management Andrew Sherry greeted several Holland America Line Mariners at embarkation. President’s Club members Ms. Dolly Smith, Mr. Ronald Evans and his wife Mrs. Cheri Smith-Evans have sailed on Holland America Line collectively over 5,800 days. Bon Voyage ms Amsterdam on your 2012 Grand Asia and Australia Voyage!
Director Mariner Society
Holland America Line
Here are photos from Amsterdam’s grand “Mardi Gras Afloat!” The Lido’s magradome pool became a paddle boat restaurant area with Mardi Gras decorations and Jazz music just like on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. We set up Bourbon street light’s and market stalls and colorful tables with gold, green and purple all over the place. The ceiling panel was decorated with balcony banners and the ship’s officers, crew and guests wore festive outfits and masks like the clowns, jesters and musical entertainment during the parade.
At 7 p.m., the ship’s horn sounded and all of the crew froze. No movement and no blinking and then we took part in a flash mob for one minute. Our President and CEO, Mr. Stein Kruse, along with his wife Linda, was on board the Amsterdam during this time. They were impressed with the event, the decorations and the food and drinks. Enjoy the photos.
Special thanks to Kelsey Differding, Holland America Line’s corporate giving coordinator, for submitting this post and photos of HAL employees volunteering at Northwest Harvest, a statewide hunger-relief agency that distributes food to a network of independent food banks around Washington State.
As part of Holland America Line’s annual holiday activities, employees at the Seattle corporate office donated their time and services to Northwest Harvest, an organization that feeds the hungry in Washington. Employees volunteered the week of December 5th at the warehouse in Kent where they sorted and boxed a variety of foods including rice, pears and carrots. The end result was over 100,000 pounds of food processed for distribution to local food banks and programs. During one of the volunteer shifts Stein Kruse, Holland America Line President and CEO, presented a monetary and grocery card donation totaling $11,000 on behalf of the cruise line and its employees.
On August 30, Bangkit Prbadi unveiled a beautiful collection of caricatures depicting various officers and crew of the Oosterdam. It only took him four days to complete 20 caricatures. Bangkit currently works as night steward aboard the Oosterdam and started working with HAL in 2008 aboard the Noordam. He is from Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, and has been drawing caricatures since 2003. It was only by chance did he discover his talent. He loves to spend his free time making art. He has a small art studio and art gallery at home. Caricature is his favorite style of art besides oil painting.
Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse received a caricature drawing from Bangkit while hosting a VIP luncheon on the Oosterdam in Seattle on September 11, 2011.
Joe Reina is Oosterdam’s human resources manager.