Afterwards, they delighted in New York Pizza and dessert from the gelato bar. However, the biggest surprise was when Santa stopped by with candy canes and Lewie the Lion – our mascot – for each student. They were so excited, with one of them noting it was “the best time in my life. It was a lot of fun doing the art and coloring, and the people [on the ship] liked my art a lot!”
We enjoyed surprising and delighting students from the Perkins School in October as well, when a class came on board Volendam to learn about solar eclipses from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Professor Adam Burgasser, who will also be a guest lecturer on our upcoming solar eclipse cruise.
“The events with Holland America are some of the best,” said Community Policing Sergeant T. D. De La Pena. “You get to see the kids trying to take in everything that’s happening on board the ship. The look on their faces when they see the ship up close is priceless. We are happy to be a part of this special holiday event.”