Thanksgiving Day Around the Fleet

Here are some scenes from Thanksgiving Day celebrations throughout the HAL fleet. Enjoy!

Amsterdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Bart Groeneveld submitted these photos from the ship’s on board festivities:

Oosterdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Jason Hale served up these photos:

From Rotterdam we have these festive photos by Culinary Operations Manager Jessica Schumann:

Pinnacle Grill Chef Agnello and Executive Chef Thomas during the Thanksgiving Day cooking demonstration in the Culinary Arts Center.

The Dining Room entrance.

Happy Thanksgiving from Statendam’s 2010 Galley Team, courtesy Executive Chef Bitta Kuruvilla:

From left: Sous Chef Emmanuel Sahagun and Executive Chef Bitta Kuruvilla.

Scenes from the Thanksgiving Day celebration on Westerdam:

Hotel Manager Kees B. Streuding sent these pics of Turkey Day on Zaandam:


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  1. S.P. November 24, 2011 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Your chefs are very talented at decorating, as well as cooking.

  2. Joanne & Kaethe Street November 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to take our next cruise, number 6.

  3. Kathleen November 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Awesome photos! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you too! Kathleen

  4. Elease McIntyre November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    The display(s) were very festive for the Thanksgiving Season, really enjoyed the display around the fleet, very creative job, my hat off to those with the bright ideals.


  5. Helen Klemm November 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to make the Chocolate Pecan Pie! Those pictures were great – an excellent idea. And a Happy Thanksgiving to Holland America.

  6. Carla Huizenga November 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful Thanksgiving pictures. It makes me want to get on a cruise right now. It’s pouring down rain in Seattle. Best wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving.
    Carla Huizenga

  7. Mark November 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    WHAT!! No pics from the Volendam?
    Our time aboard the ms Volendam took place in July. But if the great time my wife and I had at that time is any indication of what it could be during a holiday, disapointment is not on the “menu” to even worry about.

    Food was excellent, service was even better. What’s more…the servers were just plain fun! So friendly and helpful.

    I would love to cruise aboard her again. Only this time during a holiday to see what the crew whips up. I’ll bet it’s a blast!

  8. Lea Bonacci November 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    I have always heard great things about Holland American cruise ships and will certainly look into it for my next cruise which isn’t far off. Your Thanksgiving Day arrangements are awesome. Please keep me on your list. Thankyou. Lea Bonacci Clearwater, Florida

  9. Doris Keast November 23, 2011 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Great pictures!

    As always, out of this world.

    Wish I were there – I plan to be there in the Spring.

  10. Rodella Jaecke November 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures. We loved our cruise to Alaska on your Holland America Cruise. It makes me hungry.

  11. Miriam Behar November 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    They are all so beautiful. Can’t figure out what everything is, but how
    could one resist tasting any or all of them? Thanks so very much for
    sharing them with your patrons, especially if they were unable to travel
    with you this year. Have a wonderful day. Enjoy!

  12. Barbara Hubeny November 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing the photos from each of your cruise liners. Viewing them added a special touch to our Thanksgiving preparations and were a most pleasant reminder of our recent marvelous cruise on the Baltic.
    Thanksgiving blessings on each crew member,

  13. ron December 3, 2010 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Ex chef Thomas Schuman is the bomb! He cooks viddles that is so good when we were on the Veendam.

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