In 2009 and 2012 we sailed with Captain Gundersen to the Antarctic and Mediterranean with this very capable Skipper who lovingly became known to us as “It’s Me Again” as that was his opening line at the beginning of his at sea 1300 report to guests.
Today’s mail brought a very thoughtful envelope marked: A personal note from Captain Halle Thon Gundersen.
Inside was the following letter:
Dear Jack and Barbara Cummings,
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement as Captain of the ms Prinsendam. After nearly 11 years with Holland America Line, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and additional time outdoors hiking, boating, fishing and skiing.
You may know that one of my responsibilities before joining Holland America Line was to supervise the construction of this elegant ship, and I had the distinct honor of serving as Captain during her inaugural year’s cruise around the world. After so many years, it’s difficult to put into words the affection I have for the ms Prinsendam. Her intimate size, abundant amenities and ability to access the world’s remote locations make her one of the finest ships at sea.
Going forward, the ms Prinsendam will remain in excellent hands – those of Captain Tim Roberts. He has been serving as Captain for more than 2 years – and Master for Holland American Line since 2010. I am confident the ms Prinsendam will continue delighting her guests for years to come.
While I’ve had the good fortune to see much of the world, from the breathtaking Trollfjord in Norway to remote and enchanting Antarctica, it’s the opportunity to meet wonderful guests like you that I will undoubtedly miss the most. Spending time with such friendly, gracious and inspired travelers as I walked throughout the ship made each day worthwhile.
Thank you for making my time aboard the ms Prinsendam truly unforgettable. I hope our paths will cross again one day, perhaps aboard a future Holland America Line cruise, only this time as fellow guests!
Thank you and best wishes,
Captain Halle Thon Gundersen
Holland America Line.