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Eurodam Makes Maiden Call at Baie-Comeau, Quebec

Eurodam Makes Maiden Call at Baie-Comeau, Quebec

On October 7, the Eurodam port called at Baie-Comeau, Quebec, for the very first time. This was actually the first time ever that a Holland America ship visited Baie-Comeau so we organized a plaque ceremony in the Crow’s Nest to celebrate this historic event. The Mayor of Baie-Comeau and several officials came on board for…   read more of “Eurodam Makes…”

Meet HAL’s First Female Safety Environmental Health Officer

Meet HAL’s First Female Safety Environmental Health Officer

Congratulations are in order to Hajnalka Lukacs, Ph.D., Holland America Line’s first female Safety Environmental Health Officer. Hajnalka exemplifies the endless possibilities for shipboard employees who, through hard work and sheer determination, work their way up through the ranks of the company. She began her career with HAL as a fitness coordinator on board Statendam to…   read more of “Meet HAL’s First…”

Nieuw Amsterdam’s Plaque and Key Ceremonies

Nieuw Amsterdam’s Plaque and Key Ceremonies

During Nieuw Amsterdam’s inaugural voyage, plaque and key ceremonies with local government and port officials throughout the Mediterranean were held to commemorate the ship’s maiden call at these ports. Here are photos from plaque and key ceremonies at Dubrovnik, Croatia, Katakolon, Greece and Venice, Italy. Representatives from Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Captain Edward G. van Zaane….   read more of “Nieuw…”

Happy Retirement Wawan!

Happy Retirement Wawan!

A retirement party was held in the La Fontaine Dining Room on July 9, 2010, for Dining Room Manager Wawan Kartawan. He is retiring after 38 years of service with Holland America Line. Congrats, Wawan! Jeffrey Matthew Cohen is Amsterdam’s human resources manager.

A Special Birthday Celebration on Amsterdam

A Special Birthday Celebration on Amsterdam

We celebrated Mrs. Lanterman’s, wife of our former CEO Mr. Kirk Lanterman, 60th birthday two days ago with a special lunch served in the King’s Room with an Indonesian theme and food. These pictures were taken during their stay on board the Amsterdam for a 14-day Alaska cruise. We played Angklung (an Indonesian bamboo instrument)…   read more of “A Special Birthday…”

100 Reasons to Sail Aboard Nieuw Amsterdam!

Since March 26, 2010, we’ve been counting down the “Top 100 Reasons to Sail Aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.” Here’s the complete list of all 100 fabulous reasons! Now you can continue to add your owns reasons to sail. 100: Ahhh … that new-ship smell. 99: Brush up on your computer skills at a shipboard digital workshop…   read more of “100 Reasons to Sail…”

Nieuw Amsterdam’s Memorable Dedication Ceremony

Nieuw Amsterdam’s Memorable Dedication Ceremony

Several of our bloggers at the yard sent in this post. Thanks to Rose Abello for writing it and Steve Simao and Rick Duval for providing photos. The ceremony began with music and an extraordinary entrance revealing captains from all of the Holland America ships.