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Chart Auction Raises $1,100 for Susan G. Komen Foundation

The Nieuw Amsterdam’s transatlantic crossing from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean gave one guest more than just a “once in a life time experience.” After difficult weather conditions put the Nieuw Amsterdam in the most demanding seas she had faced, her experienced crew navigated her around the worst of it, which resulted in a navigational path much more interesting than the straight line initially planned for.

As is usual practice, the bridge watch officers marked the ship’s position regularly, and Captain Jonathan Mercer, Chief Officer Jochem Bakker and 4th Officer Martin James traced the deviated route from Cadiz, Spain, to Funchal, Portugal. Detailed information about the statistics of the ship, weather conditions observed and images of the rough weather encountered were meticulously placed on the chart, which was then signed by the entire navigation team, for a charity auction.

The chart was displayed in the Signature Shops for guests to view. During the ninth and final day at sea, under the hammer of Captain Mercer, the Signature Shops filled with anxious guests waiting to bid on this exclusive piece of nautical memorabilia. After some exciting bidding action one guest generously donated $1,160.00 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and proudly took possession of the chart.

It was a very gratifying result for everyone who had contributed to the auction process – from the deck department for the chart, technical department for creating the frame in record time, and the hotel department with their publicity, marketing, display and support. The cruise was certainly one of the most memorable voyages for everyone on board, and the passengers and crew of the Nieuw Amsterdam really grew together as a family and together achieved a great result for charity.


    Thanks for sharing a very interesting crossing experience and a very worthwhile project. I would like to know if Captain Mercer and the Officers noted in this article will be on board the January 15, Western Carib. cruise. The reason is that I want to plan a special article and presentation to my husband who sailed in 1955 from Rotterdam to New York on the Amsterdam. I would appreciate any information or person to contact to help me with this fun project. Captain Albert provided me with a photo of the ship in 1955. Thanks, AnnaMarie

  • Julie

    Hi Annemarie, Captain van Zaane will be the master on your voyage. The hotel manager will be Stan Kuppens. I believe if you call the HAL reservations line you can speak with someone who can assist you in planning your special event. 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425). Enjoy your voyage and please send in photos upon your return! Julie

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