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Digital Workshop: Family Fun on Volendam

Special thanks to Volendam’s Techspert Jason who posted this on the Microsoft Blog.


There is something for everyone on Holland America Lines cruises. The beauty of the Alaskan cruises is not just the incredible glaciers, nor the majestic fjords, nor the expansive national park and wilderness areas, nor the abundance and diversity of wildlife. Often overlooked is the joy the families experience just being with each other on these magnificent cruises.

One particular family came to my attention during scenic cruising throughout the beautiful Glacier Bay. While magnificent views abounded, it was a typical coastal Alaskan summer day; cold, blustery and wet, and few of the 1,400 plus guests on board the Volendam stayed outside on deck for the glacier viewing. However, I spotted Kathryn and Christina, nestled in the beams of the open deck and sheltered from the wind as well as the views, happily playing with each other, oblivious to whatever else was going on. These 8-year-old cousins, born just a month apart, are known affectionately as the “chocolate and vanilla twins.” I found out that three generations were represented on this cruise.

From left: James Pierno, Kathryn Grillo, Christina Pierno, Wendy Pierno, and James’ mother, Patricia Pierno.

From left: James Pierno, Kathryn Grillo, Christina Pierno, Wendy Pierno, and James’ mother, Patricia Pierno.

At one point, Christina took over her dad’s considerably hefty camera and began photographing her probable favorite subject – her cousin Kathryn, as her brother, Harrison, who later joined, looked on.


And here is her result:


This is very impressive photography for an 8 year-old. And the victory sign Kathryn is displaying could be construed as multi-dimensional. A few days after this event, James found out that his house had flooded. With the help of Holland America’s staff, he was able to make contact with his father-in-law who took care of things, enabling the vacationing Piernos to continue to enjoy their holiday. A victory for the Pierno and Grillo families, and for Holland America.

Volendam in Alaska

This photo is courtesy of James Pierno.

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