Getting Creative With HAL Swag

Through the years my wife, Mrs. Adriana A. Buitendijk, and I enjoyed quite a few cruises with Holland America Line. In her case since 1956, having therefore earned four-star status some time ago. During this time we have saved up quite a few HAL handbags. Dutch people are known to be thrifty. My wife therefore started to think what she could do with these bags and came up with the idea of of making something useful to wear out off them.

Last month during our Prinsendam cruise from Rome to Athens, she got quite a few comments and was admired as “a walking advertisement for Holland America Line.” She thought it was a lot of fun wearing the jacket since it made many people smile and comment about it. Also, back in Holland – where we now live – it turned out to be a great success.

Abraham Wijnveen and Adriana A. Buitendijk, HAL Mariners
The Netherlands




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  1. Jeanni October 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    That is Fabulous! I want one!! :)

  2. Ada October 21, 2011 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Dear Jeanni. Thank you for your comment. The jacket is not for sale, but maybe you wil see me wearing it on one of these wonderful DAM ships. Lovely greetings, Ada. (Adriana A. Buitendijk).

  3. Jeanni October 22, 2011 at 12:11 am - Reply

    I certainly hope so, Ada. I will look for you and will know it’s you by the jacket! I’d love to see it in person some day. You are very talented. :)

  4. Elise Hearn October 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! I have several myself, but not enough yet to create that kind of jacket. Guess I will just have to cruise some more!

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