The Big Day
The couple began planning their wedding right away, selecting Jan. 10 for the big occasion. Both were assigned to work aboard Westerdam in early 2024. This would allow Faye’s father, who also works on ships, to be there. It would also take place during an extended stay in the Philippines.
Though they wanted a shoreside wedding, things didn’t go as planned and they weren’t sure what to do. That’s when the Holland America Line crew stepped in.
Cue Operation Wedding Bells. Their mission: To quickly organize the most breathtaking ceremony and celebration for their friends, Ammar and Faye.
- The Dress: Gifted to Faye by Ammar’s parents.
- The Guests: Faye’s family joined them on board and Ammar’s family tuned in via livestream. Crew members also attended as witnesses to the event.
- The Ceremony: Beautifully decorated and hosted in the Crow’s Nest.
- The Food: Curated in the main Dining Room.
- The Vibe: Unforgettably romantic.
Though they were nervous to share their impromptu vows, they spoke from the heart and felt not only the love from one another but also from their family, friends and fellow crew.
When asked about their plans for a honeymoon, Faye playfully noted that every day feels like a honeymoon. After all, they get to sail around the world for a living! Right now, they’re just focused on making the most of every day with each other, working for a company they love with a crew they consider family.
“We feel so honored to have been helped by the crew,” Faye said. “We would like to say a special thanks to senior management for making all of this possible. Without their support and genuine care, it wouldn’t have been this successful. Even if we wanted to do a small celebration, they were the ones making it extra special in every way possible.”
To Ammar and Faye, we wish you many years of love and happiness. Thank you for sharing your Holland America Line story with us.