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Captain Keijer’s Westerdam Farewell

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.”

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Westerdam crew gathers to bid Farewell to Captain Henk Keijer.

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.

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Captain Henk Keijer, center, poses for a farewell picture with officers and crew members.

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Captain Henk Keijier, center right, stands among fellow Westerdam officers.

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Captain Henk Keijer, right, at his farewell party aboard Westerdam.

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Westerdam crew members bid farewell to Captain Henk Keijer at a surprise party held in his honor.

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Captain Henk Keijer, center, poses for his farewell pictures with fellow Westerdam officers.

Rico Wessels is Westerdam’s culinary operations manager.

3 Comments
  • GeorgAnna Madsen

    We so enjoyed sailing with Captain Krijer in 2006 through the Panama Canal and again in 2009 to Alaska.
    Wonderful memories of both sailings – each in their own way.

  • Robert Banfelder

    We sailed with Captain Keijer through New England to Canada on MS Eurodam. A gracious captain. Great time!

  • Helene Camissar

    We travelled on a back to back cruise on the Westerdam in 2007 with Captain Henk Keijer. We have never forgotten that cruise. The 2 cruises done thereafter on Nieuw Amsterdam in 2012 and 2013 were not up to the standard as Captain Keijer. In fact the Captain on Nieuw Amsterdam was totally invisible. Captains, should take a leaf out of Captain Keijer books.
    Wonderful captain!!!!!!!

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