In this featured podcast, broadcasters Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman give cruise-lovers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of ordinary crew members aboard ms Oosterdam who work hard to provide guests an extraordinary experience while on board Holland America ships. The pair also sits down for an exclusive interview with the master of the ship,… read more of “Podcast: Cruising…”
After 36 years of loyal service with HAL, chief housekeeper Pak Soeparno is retiring. Soerparno holds the record for the longest-serving chief housekeeper from Indonesia. He has been a valuable employee for the company, having worked on almost all the ships in the HAL fleet. When asked what is his secret to success, he replied,… read more of “Goodbye After 36…”
It’s early and we are leaving plenty of time to reach the offices of United Philippine Lines, the company that provides support and recruitment for all the Filipino crew and officers aboard the ships of Holland America Line. Today we will tour the offices where all Filipino personnel aboard the ships are processed. Here the… read more of “Reporter’s…”
We’ve finished lunch at a downtown hotel and now Brendan Vierra, vice-president, human resources, Roy Akker, recruiting manager for Holland America in Asia and Jacob Divino, managing director for Source Asia, the parent company of United Phillipine Lines are speeding slowly through Manila traffic toward the distant foothills where the new HAL Training Center is… read more of “Reporter’s…”
Nothing prepares the first-time visitor for Manila. The ultramodern airport is easy to navigate. The people are always ready with a smile and a helpful answer, and the food deserves to be ranked among the best in Asia. Of course, there is the traffic. Drivers in Manila use their horns politely to warn other drivers… read more of “Reporter’s…”
While on an Asian trip with Holland America President and CEO Stein Kruse and several other executives, Stein and I talked about why a world cruise is a special vacation experience. [audio:http://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/stein-world-cruise.mp3]
While traveling in Asia with Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse and other executives, I had a chance to chat with Stein about the line’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. [audio:http://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/stein-jakarta-school.mp3]
Eurodam called at Halifax today, and Pam was on deck during the arrival to capture the sunrise as the ship sailed past the Maugher Beach Lighthouse.