“Kiss the fish! Kiss the fish! Kiss the fish!” Thousands of voices chanted from Statendam’s pool deck. On December 16, as we crossed the equator, it was time for our traditional ceremony where King Neptune and his Queen judge the pollywog’s fate. There were 25 pollywogs, all of them crew members who had never crossed… read more of “Statendam’s…”
Bart Groeneveld is Statendam’s hotel director.
It is not very often you will see grown men and women sitting around coloring or making paper chains and snowflakes, but that has been the scene here on board Statendam for the past several nights as we prepare for the holiday season. The entire crew messroom is filled with the joy and innocence of… read more of “Statendam Crew…”
Have you ever wanted to swim with stingrays and sharks in the Pacific Ocean? Here on Bora Bora Island, Polynesia (self-claimed the best island in the world), we did just that during the Bora Bora Shark & Ray Encounter. Departing the pier in Vaitape, our guide and the captain dropped us on a shallow sand… read more of “Statendam Crew Swim…”
Aloha! During our call at Hilo, Hawaii some of the crew took the opportunity to take the Waterfall, Cave & Black Sand Cove tour. James, our tour guide, explained a little bit of Hawaii’s fascinating history along the spectacular wild beauty of coastal Hilo on our way to Rainbow Falls. Eleven of Statendam’s crew also… read more of “Waterfalls, Caves…”
The Statendam team organized a special Black & Silver Officer’s Ball. The dining room, bars and Showroom at Sea were beautifully decorated in black and silver and all of the officers were wearing special silver bow ties while the HALCats provided great entertainment. Officers and guests danced the night away.
Statendam met with our CARE TEAM members Dan and Berit and delivered six boxes of slightly used clothing and shoes to the community center, one of the Columbian non-profits that is supported by the US nonprofit foundation, Friends of Colombia. We were blessed to have these delightful people show us their musical talents and open… read more of “Statendam’s…”
Special thanks to Statendam’s Culinary Operations Manager Martin Groenendijk for these photos from the ship’s Thanksgiving celebration. Enjoy!