Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse and his wife Linda boarded Amsterdam in Pago Pago, American Samoa, to host several Mariner Appreciation events as part of Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage. The Mariner Appreciation Days and other related celebrations are an annual special recognition and thank you for Grand World Voyage guests, many who are top Mariner Society members. The Kruses were joined by Vice President, Public Relations Sally Andrews and Mariner Society Director Gerald Bernhoft. Master Chef Rudi Sodamin also was on board to oversee the preparation of the unique menus created especially for Mariner Appreciation Days.
As Amsterdam made its way from Pago Pago to Sydney, Australia, guests were treated to a series of events on board including luncheons, cocktail parties and special dinners. They also heard a state-of-the-business presentation from Kruse and a Mariner program update from Bernhoft, and enjoyed a Mardi Gras-themed party on Fat Tuesday. Suite guests enjoyed a special ‘Neptune’ cocktail party in the Paino Bar and a special dinner in the Pinnacle Grill. The menu for both evenings included fresh poached halibut; grilled veal and beef tenderloin with pumpkin risotto, and fresh strawberries and raspberries with sabayon. Stein and Linda Kruse greeted guests attending the “Neptune” cocktail party and dinner.
500+ Day Mariners aboard Amsterdam with more than 234 years of collective cruising were honored at a special luncheon in the Crow’s Nest. The venue was transformed into an elegant restaurant to honor Mariners who have cruised more than 500 days with HAL. For only the second time in the history of these events, so many 500+ day Mariners were on board that two recognition luncheons were held. Sea days for the Mariners present totaled 85,525, which equates to more than 234 collective years of cruising with HAL.