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Stein Kruse and Team Visit Veendam

Veendam’s Hotel Manager Frank Ulbricht sent us these photos from the recent visit of Holland America Line’s President and CEO Stein Kruse, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Guest Programs Rick Meadows, Senior Vice President of Fleet Operations Dan Grausz and other members of the senior management team to the ship while it was alongside at Vancouver May 17. They came to check out the Signature Of Excellence upgrades that were made during the recent dry-dock.

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Bill Prince, director of entertainment for Holland America Line, demonstrates the interactive tables in Mix.

Stein Kruse, second from right, takes a look at the new extended bridge wings.

Stein Kruse, second from right, takes a look at the new extended bridge wings.

Stein Kruse admires the set-up in the new Spa Suites that were added to Verandah Deck.

Stein Kruse admires the set-up in the new Spa Suites that were added to Verandah Deck.

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Veendam received a Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft.

The Officer's Bar for the staff got a facelift as well.

The Officer's Bar for the staff got a facelift as well.

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While in the Ocean Bar, Bill Prince takes the time to go over the new entertainment concept throughout the ship.

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Bill Prince details the new production shows as Rick Meadows (far left) and Stein Kruse look at the new style of seating at the front of the Showroom at Sea.

4 Comments
  • Joserus

    What is the new tonnage on this ship versus the old tonnage? ie. How much bigger is she?
    Also how many more people does she accommodate?

  • Julie

    Hi Joserus,

    The new tonnage is 57,098. The old tonnage was 55,758. As for capacity, 1,350 and the old was 1,258.

    Julie

  • bdnaylor

    My Wife and I cruised through the Panama on the Veendam following its recent dry dock work as part of the Signature of Excellence program. Whilst it was unfortunate that a few more days could not have been scheduled for completion of the work, we were very impresed with the changes made to the public areas.
    The Showroom at Sea changes are wonderful, but we would hope that HAL would return to the pre show announcements asking guests not to reserve seats, as many nights a couple of tables were reserved and were never fully occupied to the annoyance of others who could not find seats! The new shows and costumes were fabulous and Bill Prince should be very proud of his efforts.
    We were able to dine in the new Canaletto Restaurant and, even in its unfinished state, it was a wonderful experience. The Mix is a great improvement and the interactive tables truly amazing. No matter what, we always enjoy our cruised with HAL. Our thanks to all the Veendam crew who worked so hard to cope with the new changes and still make it another great experience for both of us.

  • Gretchen L. Nixon

    These are wonderful improvements to the ships! The photographs capture how seriously
    the executives examine the changes and modifications to make the cruise line the best in the world.
    Now if they would only hire me to work for them!

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