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…”
Canaletto, the Italian eatery aboard Eurodam, now serves cotton candy as a dessert option. It was a great dose of nostalgia to enjoy cotton candy as I did when I was a kid. Jeroen also enjoyed his cotton candy dose, called in Dutch “suikerspin”— sugar spider.
We turn off the toll road and onto a small village road. Over the roofs of the shops and businesses that line the road we see the large red-tiled roofs of the ms Nieuw Jakarta rising a short distance away. The gate opens and we enter the neat courtyard of the school. We are greeted… read more of “Reporter’s…”
Day 2 – Visiting the Minister Daylight arrives all too early. Banishing the thought that home lies a day and 14 hours earlier on the Pacific Coast, it’s time to adjust to a new time zone and get ready to meet Minister of Transport Jusman Sfafi’l Djamal. We head out to find his home, which,… read more of “Reporter’s…”