We received this from a guest who is going to write his own blog while aboard Volendam. On the 19th of March we are cruising on the HAL “Volendam” from Sydney to Singapore. A sixteen day cruise. Watch this blog we may stay on longer. Pictured below is the old “Volendam” that I arrived in… read more of “Our Guests Are…”
Elmar Cueto, a GPA pantry on board Statendam on his first Holland America Line contract, was just named employee of the month for February. Cueto, a 27-year-old from a mid-size town in the southern Philippines, hopes to one day become a chef de partie. He’s also excited that Holland America will gives him the opportunity… read more of “Cueto Is…”
Mario Latief received a Sloth Sanctuary Donation Certificate as a thank you for providing old towels to the sloths for sleeping shelters.
Guest Gilles Leblanc sent us this fun post about how he and his family mark the days of the week in photos while on a cruise. The photos were taken on two back-to-back seven-day eastern and southern Caribbean cruises during the holidays on board Statendam. One thing that I have noticed while sailing is the… read more of “If It’s…”
The students and staff gather in the main hall of the school for graduation. Outside the rain that has threatened all day is falling in huge fat drops and pounding on the roof. Inside more than a hundred people have gathered. Robert “Nick” Nichols prepares for the class graduation. Staff and instructors, students who are… read more of “Reporter’s…”
While traveling in Asia with Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse and other executives, I had a chance to chat with Stein about the line’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia. [audio:http://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/stein-jakarta-school.mp3]
By actual count there were 13 classes and interviews before lunch on the compressed experience that Stein Kruse, Dan Grausz and Brendan Vierra have had at the ms Nieuw Jakarta. Participating in the actual class experiences that each student completes before graduating has made for a very busy morning. Lunch cooked by the kitchen staff… read more of “Reporter’s…”
Cellar master Jay Lico and his wine attendants held a wine tasting for the crew of the Noordam. The crew enjoyed a real treat while the attendants were able to practice their training. Holland America Line offers a variety of wine tastings for guests on each cruise. In this case, the attendants presented two white… read more of “Noordam Crew Enjoy…”