Holland America Line’s corporate culture encourages crew members and employees to give of themselves throughout the year. During this past Christmas season, Holland America Line’s own employees made extra efforts to honor this integral part of their corporate culture.
Earlier this month, 400 Holland America Line and Seabourn employees teamed up with CEO Stein Kruse, Director of Public Relations Erik Elvejord, and other company executives to participate in a community service week for the Christmas season. From December 9th through the 13th, Holland America Line’s employees volunteered at Northwest Harvest, a Washington state organization aimed at relieving hunger. The volunteers worked in shifts through the morning and night to process and prepare more than 111,000 pounds of food for the hungry in the greater Washington area.
ms Oosterdam’s Event Manager, Aaron, recently led a tour of the ship for student of the Tertiary Educational Establishment. The students, who suffer from down syndrome, autism and/or developmental delays, are currently enrolled in a work and life skills program at TEE.
25 crew members from the ms Noordam led a beach cleanup recently while docked at the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The team of crew members spent the day cleaning the Sea Turtle Sanctuaries along Bonaire’s East Coast line. By the end of the day, the team had collected 130 bags of trash collected from the beach.
Following the recent devastation and tragedy caused by Typhoon Haiyan, crew members across each Holland America Line ship arranged a special “All Hands On Deck” walk to support aid and relief for the Philippines. Each ship held a walk around the ship’s exterior promenade and raised money for recovery efforts. These walks touched very close to home for Holland America Line, as the cruise line hires a predominantly Filipino crew, many of which were personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan. According to Holland America Line, significant donations were raised to help those in need.