Captain Mark has a heart for our people, and he has bonded with many during our sailings. Although five years can go by before they cruise together again, they pick up right where they left off, reminiscing about their adventures. When he’s not busy working, he’s traveling with his family to embark on new adventures and make more memories.
“My wife and I are both avid travelers,” he said. “We spend as much time as we can traveling. We have a 16-month-old daughter, and she’s slowing us down just a little bit, but we’ve already taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada, Greece, and Belgium to name a few. She’s a very well-traveled 16-month-old.”
If you were to ask Captain Mark about his favorite destinations, he would tell you it’s hard to choose.
“I don’t necessarily have a favorite one because every itinerary truly has something I enjoy doing. We just recently did the Panama cruise through the Panama Canal, which was fascinating. I personally find Central America to be just incredible. There’s a lot of stuff to do there that’s off the beaten track. And with Alaska, there’s the wildlife. You’re on the bridge sometimes and there are whales jumping left and right. There are bald eagles flying overhead, and then all of a sudden to your right, there’s a sea otter floating around. I love wildlife, and there are just some great opportunities to see that. Then there’s the Mediterranean – oh the food is incredible! And Northern Europe, you’re going to the Baltic and the Baltic countries are just beautiful. Going through the Norwegian fjords – breathtaking. And then Iceland…I could go on for hours!”
When Captain Mark talks about destinations and adventures, you quickly realize he could be a tour guide and vacation planner as a side gig. And speaking of vacation planning, he has a few tips to share.
“Travel is such a personal experience. I really think you should delve into all the places you can go. One of the great things about working for Holland America Line as opposed to some other cruise lines is our itineraries are so diverse. We have so much to offer. So, look at everything that’s available. Take in all that information, and see how you feel. What are you looking for and what adventure awaits you? Pluck it out because we offer it and you’re never going to forget it.”
Now for a Quick Cruise Q&A with Captain Mark:
Favorite meal on board: “It’s so tough because the culinary team do a brilliant job – they’re an amazing team. I love the homemade gelato on the pinnacle class – that’s just to die for.”
Favorite onboard activity: “I’ve heard the captain’s talks were fantastic, so probably that. Seriously though, you can never go wrong with any of the main headline show events. With so many options, how do you choose?!”
Favorite mascot: “I saw our new lion buddy! Obviously, Lewie would have to be at the top of the list, and if anyone from the Holland America Line shore team is reading this, I look forward to receiving one.”
Always the charming comedian, Captain Mark is!