24 June 2014; Holland America Line, Head Office Seattle.
This will be my last blog before I will venture out to the fleet. Tomorrow I will join the Volendam for 14 days (25 June to 09 July) followed by the Amsterdam for another 14 days. (10 July – 27 July) This is all to help out with the implementation of the upgraded Lifeboat drill system.
In the mean time we can continue our round through the office. Most of the corridors have posters on display, some from the past some contemporary. A number of the ones from the ancient days are reprints but there are a number of originals as well. Then there is of course what gets produced now and some of them finally end up in an office or a hall way when no longer needed.
A more unusual item in a hall way on the 4th. Floor is a poster in the form of a time line of the company. Somebody with a lot of artistic insight and graphical skills made a collage of the company’s history from 1873 to just into 2000. Very nicely done and I do see people stopping and looking at it when passing by.
It is hanging close to a conference room with an unusual mural on the wall. It immediately lays a link with the Explorer Lounges on our ships, where we have something similar on display. I have not been able to find out if this 17th century sea-view is a copy of a real painting from that period or an imaginary scene dreamed up by a painter from our age. I will try to find out in the future.
At the opposite end of the 4th. Floor is the Finance department which looks totally different as there are less cubicles and more open space. I took this shot on a Saturday morning when nobody was counting money and thus the main thing that catches the eye are the balloons. These balloons are not for a birthday but are an appreciation system. If somebody does something for somebody in another department, you can send a thank you note with a balloon attached. If you count the number of balloons, you can see that Finance is quite popular.
What is also really clearly visible is a whole bank of shredders. No company secret will make it out of our doors.
Some sort office planning reasoning resulted in the interior department being located in a corner of the Finance Dept. But it leans against the wall with Technical to whom it reports so they are not that far away. Ships need constant refurbishment and apart from just renewing the same soft furnishings on board, there are also upgrades to the ships and sometimes a whole new theme is introduced. As a result the area is strewn with samples and design, all done to keep the interior of our ships looking nice and up-to-date.
I should be back in Seattle for another visit sometime in October, and then we will continue our journey. There are still lots more interesting things to show.