Winter 2004-2005: All Work and No Play? No Way

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Out of some 8,000 hotel officers and crewmembers working aboard Holland America Line's (HAL) ships, more than 1,000 of them have notched 10-plus years of service with the cruise line - an impressive statistic. The figure is but one indicator of HAL's solid workplace culture, said Wayne Byers, the cruise line's vice president of human resources.

Winter 2004-2005: People-Oriented Captain

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Captain Hagen DamaschkeCaptain Hagen Damaschke said that he sees himself as a people's captain, as opposed to one that sits in an ivory tower hidden away from passengers. Damaschke pointed out that socializing is one of his favorite things to do onboard the Europa because getting to know his passengers helps him to do a better job.

Winter 2004-2005: Captain's Log

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The Captain's Log, Around the World with Cruise Captain Hans Mateboer is the title of a new book with a collection of Mateboer's stories of funny happenings onboard. His articles have also been published regularly in the Cruise Industry News Quarterly since 1999.

"A cruise ship can be compared to a small floating city, and everything that happens there, happens on a ship as well . . . and more," according to Mateboer, who claims that he did not make up the stories.

The book is a picture of his life, he said, and undoubtedly of many others who have spent considerable time at sea. The difference is that he can see humor in what most of us may view as ordinary, everyday events.

Fall 2004: Bigger is Better

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What will the next generation of cruise ships be like? Is the Ultra Voyager setting the bar for the next generation of ships? Cruise Industry News surveyed analysts, travel agents, designers and class societies about what kinds of ships they would like to see and what is possible to build.