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Maritime High School Students See 'Behind the Scenes' on Zaandam, receive donation 

On April 30, Holland America Line hosted 36 10th graders from Seattle’s Maritime High School aboard Zaandam when the ship called at Seattle as part of a four-day coastal cruise round-trip from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Maritime High School – which opened in September 2021 – is a collaborative project of Highline Public Schools, Northwest Maritime Center, Port of Seattle, and the Duwamish River Community Coalition. The school’s purpose is to  inspire student interest in maritime careers, marine science, and the environment. Holland America Line has partnered with the school since its founding, recruiting employees to serve as volunteer mentors and classroom lecturers, and supporting the school’s fundraising efforts.

The students were accompanied by teachers, representatives from Port of Seattle, and board members and staff from Northwest Maritime Center. Several Holland America Line team members who mentor students at the school were also on hand. Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins greeted the students on their arrival at Pier 66 in downtown Seattle. Before the students boarded, Holland America Line presented the school with a $5,000 donation as part of its ongoing support.

On board, the students divided into groups and were led on tours of the ship’s galley, the recycling center, the Engine Control Room (ECR), and several guest areas. Crew talked with them about the vast number of career options available aboard a modern cruise ship and answered their questions. After the tours, the group enjoyed lunch in the Lido Market before disembarking.