Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc, and his wife, Madeleine, arrived at Nieuw Amsterdam and the ship’s staff and the captain’s wife were present to welcome them to the ship.
We welcomed them in the Neptune Lounge with a mimosa and then took them on a tour of the ship. We started in the Crow’s Nest and throughout the tour they asked questions and we pointed out interests of the various areas we passed.
Mr. and Mrs. Arison thanked us for the tour and kept saying that the ship is absolutely stunning and that we did an amazing job getting it ready and in service so well.
That evening Mr. Arison came to the bridge to see us depart from Naples and later they went up to the Crow’s Nest to meet the officers and petty officers of the Nieuw Amsterdam. We had set up a cocktail reception, created a welcome banner, had drinks, appetizers and music. We also played a slide show which was a combination of all of the pictures we had taken at the yard. They gave a wonderful overview of the building of the Nieuw Amsterdam from beginning until the inaugural sailing.
Later they enjoyed dinner at Tamarind and then went to the Showroom at Sea to see Cantare and experience our new entertainment concept. They both have mentioned how much they enjoy being on the Nieuw Amsterdam and that they are really pleased with the ship and how much pride we showed in our beautiful vessel.
Stan Kuppens is Nieuw Amsterdam’s hotel manager.