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Meet Noordam’s Hotel Manager Mark Pells

Meet Noordam’s Hotel Manager Mark Pells

Hotel Manager Mark Pells Holland America Line’s own Mark Pells was featured in the “Cape Cod Times” for his efforts in the helping the Haitian earthquake victims. Check out the article here, and continue reading below for more about Pells. Hotel Manager Mark Pells grew up in the Hudson River Valley of New York, in…   read more of “Meet…”

Meet Ryndam’s Deck Officers

Meet Ryndam’s Deck Officers

Many people call a cruise ship a “floating hotel,” but without the Deck and Technical departments, Ryndam would be on a cruise to nowhere, going nowhere! This month we take you onto the Bridge and introduce you to some of the people in the Deck Department who make it happen — whether it’s steering the…   read more of “Meet Ryndam’s…”

Meet Kim de Klerck, Amsterdam’s Pinnacle Grill Manager

Meet Kim de Klerck, Amsterdam’s Pinnacle Grill Manager

Amsterdam’s Pinnacle Grill staff with manager Kim de Klerck (center) during an Indonesian dinner. Kim de Klerck got her start in the restaurant business at age 13 with a one-week internship at the Campanile Hotel in her hometown of Zevenaar, Netherlands. Afterward, she knew she was destined for the hospitality industry. Several jobs as dishwasher,…   read more of “Meet Kim de Klerck,…”

Meet Nieuw Amsterdam’s Electrical Project Manager

Meet Nieuw Amsterdam’s Electrical Project Manager

As Holland America Line’s electrical project manager of Nieuw Amsterdam, Ed van Weijen is responsible for setting up all electrical systems on board, including the propulsion plant, automation plant, the 11-kilovolt main switchboards and the low-voltage distribution systems. He also looks after all electrical aspects for the hotel side, including the galley equipment and elevators,…   read more of “Meet Nieuw…”

Cruise Diary: Captain’s Cocktail Party

Cruise Diary: Captain’s Cocktail Party

Aboard ms Rotterdam. The Captain’s Cocktail Party gives you the opportunity to have a chat with ship’s officers and other staff members. I was pleased to be able to ask the captain about berthing our ship in Barcelona (see earlier blog pictures). It looked like we had only a few meters left between us and…   read more of “Cruise Diary:…”

Cruise Diary: Meet the Staff

Cruise Diary: Meet the Staff

Aboard ms Rotterdam. In my blogs I always try to take pictures of staff — those who take care for the guests of ms Rotterdam. During a walk around the ship I met 4th Engineer Rick Geerlings. You will not see him every day because he is working in the ship’s engine rooms. During the…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Meet…”