|Sea Travel out on the deck|
Value vs Price is one way I evaluate which long term trips I will take each year.
Not having the resources of other travelers I consider all my options before I select
where I will travel on 30 day trip. My preference is to travel for long periods even if it is only one trip a year.
Holland America’s Baltic cruise from Dover, UK to Norway, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Denmark and Sweden gave me a small overview of countries I might wish to return to. But did this sailing offer Value for the Price?
Although solo travelers did not seem to be the target market for this company, I did find some surprises that my other trans Atlantic crossings did not offer. And in future posts I shall share the single feature HA has that other ships may not be able to compete with: the incredible crew and staff on the Ryndam.
There was limited information, before sailing, about what classes would be offered, so it was a pleasant surprise to find Microsoft based programs would be taught. Each day, even port days, four or more classes were taught in the Digital Workshop by Craig Lewes, the ships’ Techspert.
|Craig Louis, Techspert|
Meet Craig Louis the Techspert teaching Microsoft on the Ryndam. With a high level of energy.
Craig taught more than 70 classes during the time I was aboard.
For an hour every day he offered an ‘ask Craig’ event where passengers asked questions on cameras,
Microsoft programs or solutions to some of their computer problems.
Many of his classes were standing room only. He presented each program with a clear and concise outline. I particularly enjoyed his dry sense of humor ‘deadpan’ response to some questions.* I asked Craig if I could do a short profile on this blog and he sent me the following:
“ I started with HAL back in June 2003. So this year is my ten-year anniversary! I originally started with Club HAL doing the kids programming and then, because that job was only seasonal back then, I switched to doing administrative work for the Entertainment Department.That position was abolished and replaced with new ones shortly after. I became a Senior Assistant Cruise Director (doing a lot of stage and mic work, theme nights, bingo, supervising the Cruise Staff.That job lasted me about two and a half years before I went back to doing administrative work for the Entertainment Department on Grand Voyages, which I ended up doing for four years. I then took a hiatus from the company to finish my university degree (Bachelor is Sociology and Economics) and was asked to come back to HAL as a Techspert.”