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Another 2012 Mariner Society Cruise

Thanks to Holland America Line’s Gerald Bernhoft, director mariner society, for sending in this post.

The July 7, 2012, Mariner Society Cruise aboard Rotterdam was both historical and emotional as the mooring lines were lifted and she sailed past our company’s old headquarters followed by passing the s.s. Rotterdam V. Both ships saluted one another with horns blowing under the later after skies of Rotterdam. This is the second of three Mariner Society cruise I am hosting in 2012. On board is a global audience of Mariners along with some first time cruisers to Holland America Line totaling 1,445. The compliment of guests include 450 from North America, 777 from The Netherlands, 63 from Belgium, 19 from Australia, 14 from the United Kingdom, 13 from Japan and 13 from The Russian Federation, just to name a few. The highest Mariner sailing is Ms. Victoria Morgan with an astonishing 956 days on Holland America Line prior to this 14-day North Cape and Norwegian Fjords cruise.

Special events during this two week cruise includes a hosted dinner in the Pinnacle Grill for Mariners with 400+ days. The special seven-course menu was exquisitely created by HAL Master Chef Rudi Sodamin. Private cocktail parties, a champagne brunch, special pillow gifts and my presentation to the Mariners on the company’s history as well as upcoming events made the cruise special for our returning guests.

From left: Mr. Mickey Weichers 402 days, Mr. Joseph Orndorff 487 days, Gerald Bernhoft, Jo Anne Orndorff 487 days, Hotel Manager Francois Birarda and Mrs. Janet Weichers 402 days.

Back row, from left: Mr. Criag Dougherty 419 days, Mr. Lawrence Carlson 459 days, Gerald Bernhoft and Mr. Fekko Ebbens, retired Hotel Manager for Holland America Line. Front row, from left: Mrs. Michele Dougherty 419 days, Mrs. Cherryl Pieksma-Carlson 459 days, Mrs. Elizabeth Bossong 412 days and Ms. Victoria Morgan 956 days.

The pier in Rotterdam.

Crowds gather to wave goodbye to Rotterdam.

Sailing past the former Holland America Line headquarters.

Rotterdam V waves to Rotterdam VI.

My presentation to the Mariners.

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