After seven successful years, Captain Henk Keijer left Westerdam in February to join Eurodam.
The crew surprised Captain Henk with an unexpected tribute honoring his service during the normal captain introductions. It began with Hotel Director Charles Verwaal giving a heartfelt speech. Soon after, the four lead vocalists sang a show-stopping rendition of Alicia Key’s “This CAPTAIN’s On Fire,” all the while over 600 crew members dressed in their formal uniforms spread across the Vista Show Lounge toasting their beloved captain.
The captain, who was overwhelmed by this huge gesture of appreciation said, “Without a doubt, the evening was a highlight in my career.”
After receiving a robust standing ovation to a fully packed show lounge, the production show resumed as scheduled. A reception was held for the crew and officers with food and beverages in the Queen’s Lounge, where more celebrations and speeches were given, along with a group picture of the crew taken on the Westerdam’s bow.
Rico Wessels is Westerdam’s culinary operations manager.