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Cruise Diary: Zaandam’s Fabulous Crew, Part 2

Cruise Diary: Zaandam’s Fabulous Crew, Part 2

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband cruised again with HAL, this time on Zaandam’s 21-Day Collectors’ Voyage to Mexico and Hawaii. Sharon chronicled their cruising experience for us on the blog. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find photos I had taken of the fabulous Front Desk staff especially of Grachel Singh who was extremely helpful and always…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Happy Retirement, Captain Consen

Happy Retirement, Captain Consen

After 36 years of service and 3,688 days at sea, Statendam’s Captain Frans Consen is retiring from Holland America Line and the Maasdam and Veendam ship staff, officers and crew wanted to wish him a happy retirement. Verlie Nelson is Statendam’s human resources manager.

Crew Jam Session Aboard Zaandam

Crew Jam Session Aboard Zaandam

Indonesian music filled the air as a few of Zaandam’s Indonesian crew members took to the stage in the crew living room during a recent jam session. Fellow crew members enjoyed a night of great music and camaraderie among the rest of the crew.

Celebrating a 30-Year Milestone!

Celebrating a 30-Year Milestone!

Statendam Assistant Stage Manager Alexander Casareno recently celebrated 30 years with HAL! A service award ceremony was held to commemorate this special occasion and present him with his award. Below is a fun Q & A with Alexander. Congratulations! Q & A: Where are you from? Northern part of the Philippines, provinces of Isabella. Family?…   read more of “Celebrating a…”

Cruise Diary: The Fabulous Zaandam Crew, Part 1

Cruise Diary: The Fabulous Zaandam Crew, Part 1

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband cruised again with HAL, this time on Zaandam’s 21-Day Collectors’ Voyage to Mexico and Hawaii. Sharon chronicled their cruising experience for us on the blog. Since we have cruised and visited Mexico and Hawaii several times, we didn’t expect that we would have such a memorable cruise. We both…   read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”

Nieuw Amsterdam Shop Manager Honored with ‘People Leadership Award’

Nieuw Amsterdam Shop Manager Honored with ‘People Leadership Award’

Natasha Dordevic recently received the People Leadership Award 2012 for her role as shop manager for Starboard Cruise Services, the retail operator for Holland America Line. Natasha’s efforts have been rewarded for her work aboard Nieuw Amsterdam in 2012, where she led a team of 14 shop staff throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean seasons. Natasha…   read more of “Nieuw Amsterdam…”

Captain’s Log: Manila, Philippines

Captain’s Log: Manila, Philippines

We entered Manila Bay at 0230 in the morning, passing dark and looming Corregidor on our starboard side and Bataan on our port. Both names resurrecting painful memories for many. Three-and-a-half hours later, having weaved our way through innumerable fishing boats, and anchored ships, we arrive at the pilot station, which is a short distance…   read more of “Captain’s…”