Cruise Diary: Alaskan Adventures – Thanking the Crew

Cruise Diary: Alaskan Adventures – Thanking the Crew

Adventure traveler and Dutch TV personality Charlotte Van Hoorn was on board Zaandam for an Alaska cruise and will be sharing her adventure with us.

Thanking the HAL crew with these snapshots for welcoming my first time cruiser friends so warmly. Beverage Manager Hans Becker well represents the personal charm of HAL’s officers. It was a happy surprise to reconnect with him from another voyage and he added so many touches to our group events that made the journey a total success. As a Canadian of Mexican and German heritage, he has the diverse cultural experiences that make it easy for him to connect with so many guests. I forgot to ask how many languages he speaks, but with his world-wide training, he is fluent in planning the beverage stock needed to satisfy guests’ desires as the demographic changes as the ship sails through the oceans continent to continent. Personally, it sounds like a dream job, but he also enjoys a respite in his home on the lake near Toronto with its cultural and outdoor sports available.

Beverage Manager Hans Becker.

Beverage Manager Hans Becker.

Back aboard with Cellar Master Anton and others of his staff, we enjoyed the well-planned beverage events and Captain van Maurik’s receptions beautifully catered as thanks for repeat guests as members of the Mariner Society. Safe sailing, Zaandam, and enjoy the photos of one happy crew.





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  1. ginger arnold July 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    We are traveling home from Zaandam. Thanks for such great pictures to keep such a fantastic voyage alive. We miss all the ship people that you posted.

  2. Peter Ward July 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Great photos bringing back many enjoyable memories! I agree that the staff were very hospitable and gracious.
    Regards and Cheers!

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