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Holland America Line hosts K1/NIPA students onboard


K1 Britannia Foundation and National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) construction students were recently invited to tour Holland America Line’s vessel MS Koningsdam.

Holland America Line (HAL) is one of the biggest sponsors of the K1-NIPA construction course and the sponsors chose to host the youth of St. Maarten along with K1 staff onboard for a special luncheon.

Twenty local youth started a six-month carpentry course in January that will allow them to obtain international certification from MIC Institution of Technology in Trinidad. The course is made possible through K1 Britannia Foundation’s Second Chance Programme in partnership with NIPA. Holland America Line chose to invest in St. Maarten’s educational opportunities for youth through the carpentry course.  

Consequently, Holland America Line wanted to give the students a special experience to connect to them as sponsors. Fifteen Second Chance students, MIC Instructor Fleville Tinto, K1 Co-Founder Priya Thirumur, Second Chance Programme Managers Malaika Richards, Alan Schet and Administrator Chiaira Bowers were hosted by HAL Restaurant Operations Manager Tanberg Dsouza.

MS Koningsdam is a Dutch three-year-old cruise ship operated by Holland America Line, the class leader of HAL’s pinnacle class ships. She is by far the largest ship ever to be constructed for Holland America Line. During the three-hour tour, invitees visited the Grand Dutch Café, culinary arts centre, art gallery, sauna, and various dining rooms.

Dsouza shared a brief history and facts of the ship and the students were engaged and quick to point out interesting wooden architecture and art on board. The tour ended with a grand buffet lunch at the Lido Market.