Thanks to Cruise Critic member Lisa Laffin for sending in this post.
On a recent March 18, 2012, Southern Caribbean Voyage of the Westerdam at the ‘Meet and Greet’ for Cruise Critic Members, Holland America Cruise Critic members Honored Captain Henk Keijer for his horn-blowing abilities on the Westerdam as she would sail out of Port Everglades every Sunday.
It has become a popular event whenever a Holland America ship sailed from Port Everglades to watch along with all the fellow HAL Board CC members on the Port Everglades web cam. The web cam is hosted by Lou Gnandt and is in HDTV with sound at Sail Away of the ship horns. Each week Captain Keijer would thrill those viewing/listening and those sailing by tooting the ship’s horn numerous times. As the weeks continued each week would bring more and more tooting of the horn.
Thanks to Cruise Critic member PathfinderEss aka Melodie; she created a plaque to award the Captain on his last sailing before a well-deserved vacation. Because she could not be on the cruise herself she sent it to me, and I set up the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet.
The plaque is now proudly displayed with other plaques that have been presented to the Westerdam.
Many thanks to Captain Keijer and the Crew and Officers of the Westerdam for bringing us that extra bit of enjoyment of hearing the ship’s horn as she sails out of Port Everglades, and thanks to Port Everglades web Cam for providing the web cam for all to enjoy. — Lisa Laffin