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Meet the Bosun

Meet the Bosun

Alexander Kanyette Have you ever met the boatswain? Every Holland America Line ship has a boatswain, commonly pronounced “bosun.” You might have noticed his work when looking at the shiny varnish on the teak railings or when you noticed that the exterior of the ship is spotless. The bosun is a warrant officer or petty…   read more of “Meet the…”

Meet Eurodam’s Rockin’ HALCats

Meet Eurodam’s Rockin’ HALCats

From left: Michael ‘Mikey Slaps’ Adams, bass; Johnny ‘Johnny B. Goode’ Maldonado, guitar; Frank ‘Big Bird’ Crow, percussion/vocals; Kirk ‘the Captain’ Danielson, keyboards; Leena ‘All Star’ Salim, vocals; Steve ‘Chief Stiff Horse’ Iveson, band leader/piano; Steve ‘Stevie Rims’ Hawryluk, drums, and Jason ‘J Coffee’ Nelson, sax/flute. Band Leader Steve Iveson, a 13-year HAL veteran, sent…   read more of “Meet…”

Meet Employee #121

Meet Employee #121

Aries Tabrani Each employee with Holland America Line receives a unique employee number when they go to work for the company. The lower the number, the more years of service an employee has with the company. Employee #121 is Sailor Aries Tabrani, Eurodam’s longest-serving employee of 30 years. He comes from the beautiful city of…   read more of “Meet Employee…”

Where Do All the Calls Go?

Where Do All the Calls Go?

Telephone concierges for superior suite guests Rechilda Orca (left) and Sara Ann Leutner. Have you ever wondered when you dial from your stateroom phone or from any public venue on the ship where the calls go and who is on the other end? The service professionals of the guest relations team at the Front Office…   read more of “Where Do All the…”

Meet Second Officer Aafke Bergsma

Meet Second Officer Aafke Bergsma

Second Officer Aafke Bergsma Do you ever wonder who drives the ship while the captain is not on the bridge? One of the “watch keepers,” formally known on board as a “deck officer,” is Second Officer Aafke Bergsma from Rotterdam. She is one of only 17 female deck officers in the 14-ship Holland America Line…   read more of “Meet Second Officer…”

Meet the Bakeshop Team

Meet the Bakeshop Team

The delicious breads and rolls are always very popular at mealtime. The crew in the bakeshop work tirelessly to ensure there’s a variety of breads and other goodies served at every meal.

Love In Bloom

Love In Bloom

Floral designers Callista den Hartog and Eddy de Groot Shipboard floral designers Callista den Hartog and Eddy de Groot are the dynamic duo that designs all of Eurodam’s fresh flower arrangements, including all public rooms, guests’ preordered floral gifts, special requests and deluxe suite flower arrangements. They arrived on Eurodam June 4 as newbuild veterans,…   read more of “Love In…”

Let Her Entertain You

Let Her Entertain You

Jill Quinlan Headliner Jill Quinlan is no stranger to the Holland America Line stage. Paul Lasley spoke to Jill about the lifestyle of a shipboard entertainer and the excitement of performing for a live audience. To listen to this podcast, click on the arrow below. [audio:http://www.eurodamnews.com/audio/Jill_Quinlan_Pod.mp3]