A Few of Lewie the Lion’s Favorite Things

Holland America Line's lion mascot with orange bowtie in front of cruise ship.

It’s National Mascot Day, which is a great time to put the spotlight on our loyal furry friend and mascot, Lewie. He loves seeing the world from his doorstep on Holland America Line cruises. From soaking up the onboard experience to enjoying the breeze through his majestic mane on shore, he relishes the perks of cruise travel. Here are a few of Lewie the Lion’s favorite things:

Holland America Line's lion mascot sitting at a dining room table next to large window with fish and rice on a platter.

Fresh Fish

With 80 types of fresh fish being served across our thoughtfully crafted itineraries, we deliver fresh on a global scale. This has earned two paws up from our pal, Lewie. Whether he’s in Alaska, Europe, South America or beyond, Lewie knows he’s going to delight in fresh flavors, locally sourced ingredients and destination-inspired menus.

Exploring the Shore

Shore excursions give guests the opportunity to experience destinations in fun ways. From wildlife encounters and zip-lining to food tours and hiking, there are an array of places and landmarks to enjoy through shore activities. Our pal especially enjoys kayaking.

Holland America Line's lion mascot in a red kayak with two kayakers in the background.
Holland America Line's lion mascot wearing orange bowtie and holding an orange and blue pickleball paddle.


Our furry friend is always up for pickleball fun. He started out with complimentary lessons on board, and now he can’t get enough of it. His #1 tip is to stay out of the kitchen.


Whether he’s viewing the beautifully unique artwork on board or visiting museums ashore, Lewie loves soaking up the sights of creative works around the globe. He especially loves stopping by museums in Europe. Lewie descends from a long line of Dutch lions living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, so exploring artwork in the Rijksmuseum while in town is at the top of his list.

Holland America Line's lion mascot facing yellow and blue artwork.
Holland America Line's lion mascot laying in hammock wearing white sunglasses with light blue water in the background.

Relaxing On the Beach

Sunshine on his face and sand between his toes mean R&R for our friend, Lewie. When he’s craving Caribbean vibes, there’s one place he wishes he could stay forever – Holland America Line’s award-winning private island. From kayaking to chilling in a cabana, he knows how to make the most of his day in Half Moon Cay.

What are some of your favorite things about cruising with Holland America Line? Share in the comments below.


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