Catch Up With the Crew: Meet Yoga, Onboard Photographer

View of onboard photographer holding camera on cruise ship in Glacier Bay National Park.

Memories are priceless and so are the images that capture them. Vacation photos help tell the story of our adventures and the people with whom we shared them. Yoga, one of our onboard photographers, knows this well. Often seen with a camera in hand, he’s always ready to get that perfect picture for guests during a Holland America Line cruise. From Orange Party festivities to moments when icy-blue glaciers are your backdrop, he often sees an incredible photo before others do. We caught up with Yoga to learn what it’s like to be an onboard photographer, and what he loves most about working for Holland America Line.

“It’s really fun being an onboard photographer,” he said. “Every week there’s something new, and you meet thousands of people all around the world.”

Yoga enjoys capturing special moments, like when a guest sees Glacier Bay National Park for the first time, or a family celebrates a special occasion on board. The best part of working for Holland America Line though, Yoga said, are the people he meets and the places he visits. From Alaska to Asia and everywhere in between, the diversity of cultures and experiences has been enriching and awe-inspiring. It has also given him the opportunity to be an amazing visual storyteller.

View of snowcapped mountains in Glacier Bay National Park.
One of Yoga’s many photos of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska – his favorite place.

Yoga’s passion for photography began in junior high school when he signed up for the photo club. At the time, he didn’t own a camera so he used his phone to snap images instead. The more he fell in love with photography, the more a hobby turned into a professional aspiration.

When he saw an opening for an onboard photographer with Holland America Line, he didn’t hesitate. For the last two years, he has cruised to breathtaking destinations, including Alaska, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. And it doesn’t matter if it’s landscape, portrait or wildlife photography – he loves it all.

When he’s not behind a camera on board, he enjoys exploring the shore and immersing himself in a good book. He also loves diving deep into our cruise destinations, taking photos of unique architecture and sensational sunrises.

“Photography is a great way to capture a moment in time – a moment you never want to forget.”

View of a sunrise over Panama where boats float on glistening water reflecting orange hues.
Capturing this sunrise on a Panama Canal cruise was a moment Yoga will never forget.

Quick Cruise Q&A with Yoga:

Favorite Destination: “I’m in love with Alaska!”
Favorite Onboard Dining Venues: “Lido Market and Dive-In.”
Favorite Landmark: “Glacier Bay National Park!”

Thank you for sharing your Holland America Line story with us, Yoga! We wish you a safe and pleasant journey to your next destination.

Interested in a career in the cruise industry? Check out our careers page to learn more and stay tuned for more Catch Up with the Crew stories, featuring incredible crew members and their fun cruise jobs.


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