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Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse Receives Netherland-America Foundation Ambassadors’ Award

Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse was honored with the Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award from the Netherland-America Foundation at a dinner at the Willard InterContinental hotel in Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 12, 2018. His Excellency Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States, was honorary chair of the event.

Named for the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1989 to 1992 who endowed it in 1998, the C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments in fields of business, banking, corporate leadership, politics, government and diplomacy, arts and sciences, entertainment and sports.

“Holland America Line has a rich Dutch legacy and heritage that I have been a part of for nearly 20 years, and I am honored to be recognized by the Netherland-America Foundation with this distinction,” said Kruse. “I share this award with all of my colleagues who foster our on-going relationship with the Netherlands, our economic impact in the region, and the connection between our cultures that we proudly highlight on board Holland America Line ships.”

Kruse was honored alongside Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO, Lockheed Martin, who received The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Award, and Glen Hauenstein, president, Delta Air Lines, who was honored with The Ambassador K. Terry Dornbush Award.

Stein Kruse at the Netherland-America Foundation Ambassadors’ Award dinner.

Stein Kruse at the Netherland-America Foundation Ambassadors’ Award dinner.

“The Netherland-America Foundation is about strengthening the economic, political and cultural ties between the United States and the Netherlands, and the Ambassadors’ Awards honor individuals who exemplify our mission,” said James Dykstra, NAF board member and chair of the organizing committee of the NAF Ambassadors’ Awards Dinner. “Through his work with Holland America Line, Stein Kruse has been a champion of promoting Dutch culture and heritage around the world, and it’s a privilege to present him with the C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award.”

About Stein Kruse

Stein Kruse is group Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group and Carnival UK, divisions of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia. Carnival UK encompasses the UK-based brands of Cunard Line and P&O Cruises. Holland America Group and Carnival UK operate 51 cruise ships, with more than 60,000 employees worldwide.

Kruse currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; World Trade Center Seattle; Saltchuk Resources, Inc.; and the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. A native of Oslo, Norway, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

About the Netherland-America Foundation

Building on the enduring heritage and values shared between the peoples of the Netherlands and the United States, the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) seeks to further strengthen the bonds between our two countries through exchanges in the arts, sciences, education, business and public affairs.

Founded in 1921, NAF offered an opportunity for the Dutch-American community to continue its efforts to promote Dutch culture in the United States. Edward Bok, celebrated publisher of Ladies’ Home Journal, served as its first president. Bok and his colleagues — including Franklin D. Roosevelt — were determined to build the NAF into an activist organization. Business, government and academic leaders served as presidents, among them: Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM; the Hon. William C. Redfield, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Dr. A.J. Barnouw, Queen Wilhelmina Professor at Columbia University.


    September 29th my friend & I took the 16 day Cruise to Hawaii on the Eurodam & we were very, very disappointed. I had sent a letter to your Seattle address last October & it came back unopened. I have taken 4 cruises before this one & was not impressed with our room, the food & the crew which couldn’t speak proper English & the ship itself. Horrible swimming pool with very small hot tubs. Our cabin number was 5157 & my friend could hardly get her walker in. I returned home feeling sick from the salty food & menu. Next day I was in ER for irregular Heartbeat due to A-Fib….That was a Holiday I won’t forget & I feel you should know about it….Sincerely, Mavis Ritchie….By the way….I am 85 years old….

  • Caroline Crosby

    We recently enjoyed our first ever cruise with HA to the Norwegian Fjords. The ship was immaculate, food amazing and the crew lovely.
    The experience marred only by guest relations/air and sea support response when our KLM flight cancelled at short notice. Still no response and no useful support offered on board ship necessitating us having to source and pay for our own flights.
    Please can we have a response!

  • Julie

    We are so sorry to hear this. Have you need able to sort our reimbursement? Were you given any guidance? Please email details to

  • Molly McDonell

    We recently took the Westerdam cruise to Alaska leaving Seattle July 10th and returning July 17th. It was my birthday cruise. While in Glacier Bay, we apparently hit an iceberg which broke one of our props. We didn’t get any information from our Captain (we couldn’t get close to the Glacier) until later in the afternoon. We then were late to Sitka, had to frantically change our excursion and then raced back to the ship by 3:30 as requested. Ship didn’t leave at 4 as planned but at 6pm and we couldn’t exit the ship. We then hobbled to Seattle, missing Ketchikan and Victoria so the ship could be repaired for their next cruise. We were given. $100 credit on board. This is totally unacceptable. This cruise was ruined for us, only by the response of Holland America. We will never cruise with Holland America again.

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