Holland America Line Mike Bush ~ Product Manager, Shore Excursions Mike Bush has more than 17 years of experience in the cruise industry and is currently responsible for planning and development of the Shore Excursion program for Holland America Line & Seabourn in the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Norway, UK, Northern Isles, and Africa. Prior to assuming his current position with Holland America Line, Mr. Bush was Port Manager for Tropical Tours in Mazatlan, Mexico, providing shore excursions to all of the major cruise lines visiting the port. Before making his move to Mexico, Mr. Bush held positions of successively increasing responsibility in ship and passenger operations at Holland America Line - Sr. Manager of Port Operations based in the corporate office in Seattle (Janaury 2004-July 2006), Manager of Port Operations based in the corporate office in Seattle (February 1998 December 2003), and Manager of Shore Operations in Tampa, FL (September 1994-Feburary 1998). Mr. Bush is a graduate of the University of Washington and resides in Seattle with his wife, Ariadne.
Captain Cees Deelstra ~ Director, Nautical Operations Capt. Deelstra joined Holland America Line over 38 years ago as a cadet officer and worked his way up to become a captain. He is a graduate of Rotterdam Nautical College. After sailing worldwide for 18 years, in 1990 he accepted a permanent position ashore at HAL headquarters in Seattle. As Director of Nautical Operations, he is responsible for overseeing programs to ensure the safe navigation of the ships, certification and maintenance of the ship's safety and life saving equipment, the efficient operation of the ships' deck department consisting of the navigation officers, boatswain, sailors and other deck maintenance personnel and is the Alternate Company Security Officer. Capt. Deelstra has extensive experience dealing with maritime safety and navigational matters. He serves as chairman of the Technical and Operational Committee of the North West & Canada Cruise Association representing the cruise industry in Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. He is a founding member and first Chairman of the Marine Safety Task Force in Alaska. This task force is made up of representatives from the marine pilots, maritime shipping companies, U.S. Coast Guard and others having interest in safe navigation of Alaskan waterways. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators. This association represents over 100 members and associate members operating ships in Antarctica. Furthermore he represents Holland America Line at the Alaska Steamship Association, at the BC Chamber of Shipping and he is an officer of the Alaska Steamship Response organization. Cees also is a member of several committees in CLIA and FCCA.
Simon Douwes MM, MNI. ~ Director, Deployment & Itinerary Planning Simon Douwes is the Director of Deployment and Itinerary Planning for Holland America Line, a subsidiary of the Carnival Corporation & plc. Appointed to this position in March 2002, he has the responsibility of researching, developing and implementing the deployments and itineraries for all vessels in the Holland America Line fleet. Douwes began his career at Holland America Line as a navigation officer in 1980, shortly after graduating from the Nautical Academy of Amsterdam. He steadily rose through the ranks and was promoted to Captain in 1993. He served as Captain on most of the Holland America Line ships between 1993 and 2002. Simon resides on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with his wife Sharon and two teenage children. When not at work, he enjoys fly-fishing, scuba diving and the theatre. Simon Douwes is a Master Mariner, a member of the Nautical Institute and a former trustee on the board of the world famous Seattle Childrenâ€™s Theatre.
CRUISE INDUSTRY PROFILES â€˘ 2011
FCCA 2011 Cruise Industry Highlights and Profiles. The who's who of the Cruise Line Industry.