Except for a few shore excursions they had prebooked with family and friends, Annie and Pieter were inseparable. They felt like they had known each other their entire lives, “like two souls being reunited.”
“We spent the rest of our nights in the nightclub, Northern Lights, drinking and dancing the nights away,” Annie said.
They even spent an entire night talking under the stars on deck from sunset to sunrise. And it was during their conversation they realized they almost went on a different cruise just one month earlier. Plans fell through and they ended up on this one together. “I guess fate had a hand in that one,” she noted.
Though their cruise eventually came to an end, their time together didn’t. With Annie living in the United States and Pieter in the Netherlands, they embarked on a long-distance relationship for nearly three years. In love, and having become the best of friends, they couldn’t stand the miles between them. Annie took a leap and moved to Europe. Two years later on a Holland America Line cruise to Alaska, Pieter got down on one knee, asking that they spend the rest of their lives together.