Prior to joining Holland America Line, Suminarsa worked in the hotel industry. He served on his first HAL ship, the ss Rotterdam, as a General Purpose Attendant in 1975. He has been married since 1979 to his lovely wife Adesobariah and together they have two children, a daughter named Adriani and a son named Adriansah. Suminarsa is also the proud grandfather of three grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and eating his wife’s cooking. When at home he enjoys ping pong, sports, jogging and listening to music or occasionally singing karaoke. His motto is “little by little, I will achieve my goals.”
Suminarsa’s advice to new hires is to understand that they are just as he was when he first started out, excited and full of anticipation. He advises the newbies to ask questions, learn the ropes from senior level crew members and follow the rules.
Verlie Nelson is Ryndam’s human resources manager.