When I started working for Holland America in 1961 the ss Nieuw Amsterdam was my first ship. In between I worked on many other ships, mainly cargo vessels. Then I was assigned again to passenger ships and it happened to be that the ss Nieuw Amsterdam was on her last voyage. I became one of… read more of “ss Nieuw Amsterdam…”
Erica Terpstra, chairman of the Dutch Olympic Committee, is a retired freestyle swimmer from The Netherlands who won two medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. After her swimming career, Terpstra became involved in politics where she was a member of parliament. She served as State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport. In October… read more of “Statendam Officers…”
Officers of the Statendam met Prime Minister of the Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende hours before the opening of the Olympics in Vancouver. From left: Hotel Manager Bert van Mackelenbergh, Captain Frans Consen, Prime Minister of The Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende, 4th Officer Elianne van Rongen and 3rd Officer Dirk van Aarsen. In honor of the… read more of “Prime Minister of…”
Bon Voyage! The Nieuw Amsterdam life and tender boats are on the way from the icy river Elbe in Germany to Venice. The life and tender boats are manufactured by Hatecke. Henry Veringa is Holland America Line’s project manager at the yard.
The front office is always busy as I told you earlier. It’s time to have a look behind the scene and take pictures. All telephone calls from guests concerning reservations for a table, etc., are managed by telephone operators from there. Behind the front desk is the office of Iris, the Guest Relations Manager. Iris… read more of “Cruise Diary: Feb….”
Loyal HAL guests George and Marney Wilde recently created a blog, complete with video and photo galleries, to document their experience on board ms Amsterdam as they cruised round-trip from the Port of Long Beach, California, on their Pan-American/Panama Canal cruise. George created a cool interactive map using the GPS device on his Nikon SLR… read more of “George and…”
On February 5 we had a theme dinner, “Dinner with Gnomes.” It was one of the new themes for the Grand World Cruise. The Dining Room entrance was decorated with a gnome’s house, wells and of course the little gnome figures. The Dining Room staff — from the management, stewards, assistants and wine stewards —… read more of “Dinner with the…”