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Excellent workplace but far away from my family
Storekeeper / Inventory Specialist (Current Employee), Onboard ships fleet wideJuly 4, 2012
Pros: holland america line - safety and environmental management system)
Cons: very limited carreer advancement - promotion
I'm always in the sea and far from my family when working with Holland America Line. I always miss my family. I want to work in landbase shipbuilding facility in Halifax Dartmouth as there is a chance for me to bring my family with me and live in Canada. I've learned capitalized store management and excellent approach to inventory and material control. – more... The management of Holland America is excellent and my co-workers are professional. The hardest part working with Holland America Line is being far from far away from my family. The most enjoyable part with Holland America are the co-workers during crew parties. – less
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The company provided great opportunities for me
Public Health Supervisor (Current Employee), SeattleOctober 30, 2014
Pros: can work in my preferred field
Cons: office wok only
The company provided me great opportunities for development. I was able to create a new position (Fleet Public Health Officer) the way I deemed best and I contributed to a great degree in developing a program which proofed very successful during the years to come.
The company was very supportive of my efforts and valued my input in improving the public – more... health culture within Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruise Line. – less
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It was fun, educational, motivative and a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Guest Relations Associate (Current Employee), Manila, P00October 29, 2014
Pros: visiting places i've never been, meeting new friends, free food, free shore excursions, meeting vips and artists.
Cons: no days off working in a cruise line.
It is always a busy day working on a cruise line with lots of paper works and concerns that should be resolved in a timely manner. With this experience I have learned the value of time and being flexible. I learned how to listen and empathize with guests on different scenarios. The support of the management and my co-workers gave me comfort on times – more... when I feel down. The recreational activities provided by the management allows us to breathe from a tough day. Working directly with guests and passengers is not a joke. You have to control your temper and be very patient understanding our differences. The culture, language, traditions and body movements of your customers should not affect you personally which makes the job harder. You have to learn on how to adjust with them but of course the happiest thing about my job is that you get to meet different people from all walks of life. People that can teach you how to be a better person and people you can treasure forever. The places your job could take you is a privilege not given to everyone which I should be thankful of. But of course the most enjoyable part of the job is getting the hard earned money that your family could also enjoy. Knowing that you could provide good future for your loved ones will definitely make a person happy. – less
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knowledgable
CANALETTO CHEF/CHEF DE PARTIE (Current Employee), Saucier or any station assignedOctober 16, 2014
Pros: no taxes
Cons: at sea
Ten hours workplace,good thing to learn while you're working.
Management has been very good to it crew,However there's a rule that need to fallow,we'll taking care off.Flexibility is the key,in dealing with different culture.

As for me, the hardest part was not seeing your love one,let say for six months.

Working in the ship was the best part of it,you – more... work ,while you travel and sometimes the world travel around me. – less
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A great place to work while seeing the world!
Youth Program Coordinator (Current Employee), Seattle, WASeptember 19, 2014
Working for Holland America Line give you the amazing opportunity to be paid to travel to some of the greatest vacation spots around the world.
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Good for getting more expeiences
assistant cook (Former Employee), Seattle, WAAugust 6, 2014
Pros: good venue for personal skills and development
Cons: too many work and pressures. very long hours of work
everyday has a lot of work to do preparations and cleaning. I learned a lot of international dish. management is not really impressive and because of too many different cross cultural crew each one has to be patience and should get along with others. I must learn to be respectful to them.it is one of the hardest part of the job but I mange to do it. – more... The most enjoyable part of the job is the entertainments in the ship. – less
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Fun and innovative company.
Ship's Engineer (Former Employee), Worldwide-at sea.July 14, 2014
Pros: officer perks & worldwide travel
Cons: long time away from home
Very well managed HR department and lots of job perks. Worldwide travel a bonus. A lot of time onboard,4+ months at a time.
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I was a creative hostess
CREATIVE HOSTESS (Former Employee), Rotterdam, NYJune 23, 2014
The best time of my life! The passengers were very happy that I was on their cruise. Dayly I received many compliments for the activities I organised. All passengers felt that I was on board for them personally.
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very fun job
Dining Room Waiter (Former Employee), Seattle, WAJune 13, 2014
Pros: free accomodation, air fare, food, laundry, insurance and safety too
Cons: shorthbreak
It was very job, a lot of fun, during that time,i learned food and beverage knowledge and improve my english too.Beside that the management was fantastic,co-workers was great, work as a team player,but hardest part was length of contract, it was too long which is 9 to 10 months,But we had enjoyable part was we worked with people which is met each other – more... before – less
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Fun Work Place
EVENT MANAGER (Current Employee), Seattle, WAJune 4, 2014
Traveling the world while doing what you do best is a benefit to working on a floating hotel! Work very hard however the results are always worth seeing!
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Amazing Adventures
Party Planner/ CAC Host (Current Employee), The WorldMay 17, 2014
Pros: room, board, travel to & from vessel covered. able to deviate flights and stay in foreign countries, off time in the port, parties, adventure!
Cons: long hours, annoying crabby guests who don't realize they are on vacation and blessed, power tripping bosses (not always)
I have worked here for 4 years and it is a great experience! The work life is very fast and you work hard and play hard. You have to deal with everything from irate ridiculous annoying guests to very pleasant passengers who are just happy to be alive and on vacation! You live where you work so a constant awareness of this is everywhere. Most people – more... congreagate and the crew bar although it is segregated between regular crew and "officers" You work very hard and long hours at times and expected to constantly look happy even if you don't feel this way, and sometimes it gets to you but then you take a walk off the ship and you're in Tahiti, or walking the Great Wall of China, running for the ship in Israel, or skydivving in Hawaii. There are no off days, and if you're lucky enough to have your own room great! ( I did) Room service is free and you can dine in the passenger areas and free to go to the restaurants as well. There are balls on some voyages and night clubs on the bigger ships. You are able to use the pool and the gym. There are a lot of responsibilities with monthly drills to ensure incase of an emergency you can hold your own. There are parties for the crew etc and you make great friends and amazing experiences! Low pay but you aren't here for money, you're here to travel!!! – less
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productive and funny workplace with lots of hard work
4th Engineer (Former Employee), Amsterdam, NHMay 14, 2014
I started my career with HAL as a cadet and learn alot about machinery. and plant operation in a safe manner. maintenance operation carried out every month as per PM's. its a great time to work with company
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Great product, not so great work atmosphere
Ship Inventory Specialist (Former Employee), Seattle, WAMarch 20, 2014
I loved working at Holland America until they allowed certain management to treat people horribly and advise us we are very expendable. Great perks, great product.......not so great management.
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A great experience as I traveled the world with my work
Onboard Event Coordinator (Former Employee), Seattle WAMarch 18, 2014
Pros: travel
Cons: long hours
Work days are long and you can be called anytime day or night.
The travel benefits are amazing! I circumferences the globe twice.
Co-workers were from every country imaginable and it was great to learn how different cultures work.
The most enjoyable part is the travel.
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Fun work place with smile and service by heart all the time
Restaurant Server (Former Employee), Seattle, WAFebruary 15, 2014
Pros: free lunches, rewarding for best employee
Cons: healthcare, insurance
Im working split time,within sometimes got free lunches.I have learned many things,how to deal with all kind of the guest,all kind of the crew and bosses habit,have to understand and respect each others is the most important things working on board to get a fun work,consider all your colleague is your family so it will be easy to enjoying the job.The – more... Management is good as long you not thing that is the hard things,just accept that as the rule that need to obey with your hard then everything will be easy.The hardest part is when you missed your home and when you get sick but that time that make you get strong and stronger.Its always enjoyable when you can see the world while you are working and make plenty friends from all over the worlds.its amazing :) – less
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Restaurant manager
Restaurant Manager (Current Employee), Seattle, WAJanuary 23, 2014
Responsible of smooth operation of Main Restaurant with 700 seats as well Buffet LIDO restaurant.Ensure guests satisfaction,controlling budget. Public Health and Cleanliness of all area.TO make sure all staff able to well execute asigned tasks and follow company rules and standard.

The hardest part of the Job: There few different nationalities on board – more... with different requests of foods which is not always able to accommodate. – less
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so many entertaiment for crew..and not very strict
Stateroom attendant (Former Employee), seattle WAJanuary 22, 2014
Pros: many indonesian people
Cons: less salary than disney cruise line, but same job
more countries visited. because a lot of cruise ship.
80% are indonesian...so I can meet people from same country..
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provide the sport location
room service attendant (Former Employee), Seattle, WAJanuary 18, 2014
Pros: we have free lunch
the company is provide everything for the employee,but sometimes we work long hour,I learn alot of thing especially the hospitality management.
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Excellent employer
Guest Relations Supervisor (Former Employee), SeattleJanuary 13, 2014
HAL is an excellent employer if it comes to welfare for all the crewmembers and officers on board their ships. As an officer position I had many great benefits on board however the communication from the head office and crew department was excellent and everything was arranged in detail from before,during and at the end of the contract regarding transport, – more... hotels (if needed), contract etc etc – less
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Wonderful Company
Several Positions Held (Former Employee), Seattle, WADecember 12, 2013
I love customer service and Holland America Line is very focused on providing excellant customer experiences during thier cruises.

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