Time to go home. I have been three months on the road and my “Senior Management” is eagerly waiting to see me again. I have been on the Westerdam for four weeks and before that on the Zuiderdam and on the Rotterdam. The last three weeks of the Westerdam visit was all about being a teacher, mentor and the “all knowing ships captain” with putting 5 new 3rd officers on the road towards a wonderful career with Holland America.
Two of the five already have an assignment and will go to the Amsterdam and the Rotterdam. The other three will return home and will wait to be slotted into the schedule on one of the ships. And that might even mean a return to the Westerdam. I know the ship will be happy to have them.
I will be home until the beginning of February depending on the fact that my schedule turns out to be as I have planned it for the moment. If so it will mean a three week period on the Maasdam which will include Brazil and the Amazon and then flying t Italy to help with the arrival of the Koningsdam. I will be there for 2 months so I hope to be able to give a day by day account of what it takes to get the “Koningsdam show on the road”.
But everything is very much subject to change and time will tell if it will go the way it has been planned.
Until that time my blogging will come to an end as I do not think a narration about me in the local supermarket is of much interest.
However you might want to check the blog/site after the holidays as I will start uploading the bios of the current captains in the fleet. I received permission to do so from the company in September and now I will have the time to start filling in the blanks.
I would like to thank all readers for their interest in my daily ramblings and hopefully it was found to be interesting and diverting.
Let me finish with the Christmas message wish which I normally read out on the stage when I am the “captain on the bridge and not the captain in the bar…….or in the training room”:
ON BEHALF OF HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, MY OFFICERS, STAFF AND CREW, I WISH YOU A HAPPY, SAFE AND PEACEFUL SAILING ON THE TURBULENT WATERS OF THIS WORLD, AND MAY YOUR FUTURE BE AS BRIGHT AS THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.