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Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse, left, and Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford are taking part in Seattle's "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign.
Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse, left, and Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford are taking part in Seattle's "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign.

Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse, Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford and Seabourn President Richard D. Meadows are joining a distinguished group of Seattle community leaders for American Cancer Society’s “Real Men Wear Pink” event during the month of October.

In addition to raising funds and awareness, the campaign asks the participants to wear pink or “pink out” their organization every day in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More information can be found at MakingStridesWalk.org/RealMenSeattleWA.

“We are honored to be among an incredible group of male leaders in the Seattle community who were invited to join the fight against breast cancer in such a unique and effective campaign,” said Kruse. “Sadly, breast cancer is a disease that affects nearly everyone in some way so it is a privilege to participate in ‘Real Men Wear Pink.’ Events like this give us hope that one day soon we will live in a world without cancer.”

Seabourn President Richard D. Meadows is wearing pink in support of breast cancer.

Seabourn President Richard D. Meadows is wearing pink in support of breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society is one of six international cancer organizations that are supported by Holland America Line’s “On Deck for a Cause” shipboard giving program, also including the Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Council Australia, Cancer Research UK, Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) and KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society).

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting communities with a shared determination to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Walk participants raise critical funds that enable the American Cancer Society to underwrite innovative research, provide free information and support to anyone touched by breast cancer, and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or diagnose it early when it’s most treatable.

America Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. In Washington state, ACS has offices in Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Last year, the ACS of Washington funded 24 of the best and brightest Washington researchers (including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) conducting groundbreaking cancer research. More than 12,800 Washington residents received assistance in 2015 and 3,793 received breast and colon cancer screenings through ACS’s CHANGE Grant program. For more information, visit cancer.org.

Archbishop Tutu's playful personality shone through during his four-day cruise.
Archbishop Tutu's playful personality shone through during his four-day cruise.

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.
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Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse, left, helps pack apples with Director of Public Relations Erik Elvejord at Northwest Harvest.
Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse, left, helps pack apples with Director of Public Relations Erik Elvejord at Northwest Harvest.

The holidays are a time of giving, and while giving is part of the corporate culture at Holland America Line year-round, this time of year presents extra opportunities to spread a little cheer to those in need.
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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.

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Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse.

Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse.

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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.

During the annual volunteer week, Stein Kruse, president and CEO, Holland America Line, and chairman, Seabourn, presents company and employee donations of more than $2,700 to Shelley Rotondo, executive director, Northwest Harvest.

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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!

Gerald Bernhoft
Director Mariner Society
Holland America Line

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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.

Amsterdam crew with HAL CEO

Amsterdam crew with Holland America Line's President and CEO Stein Kruse.

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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.

Stein Kruse, Holland America Line President and CEO, Kim Nelson, Northwest Harvest’s Director of Donor Relations, Shailyn Malone, Northwest Harvest’s Volunteer Program Assistant and Nick Ranade, Holland America Line Director of Technical Procurement & Logistics, pose for a photo after the donation presentation.

Stein Kruse, Holland America Line President and CEO; Kim Nelson, Northwest Harvest’s Director of Donor Relations; Shailyn Malone, Northwest Harvest’s Volunteer Program Assistant and Nick Ranade, Holland America Line Director of Technical Procurement & Logistics pose for a photo after the donation presentation.

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