A service canine was awarded a cruise line’s highest standing after spending greater than 700 days on cruise ships.
Joska the service canine reached elite standing with Holland America Line after crossing the 700 day mark on the cruise line’s latest one hundred and fiftieth anniversary crusing on Rotterdam. Joska is now a Platinum Medallion, the very best past-guest award on Holland America Line for cruising days.
Joska, a 10-year-old black Labrador retriever, is the last word globetrotter and spends most of her days cruising on Holland America Line along with her homeowners, Cornelia “Connie” and Cornelis Marinussen, who beforehand acquired their Platinum Medallions.
A particular ceremony for Joska was held on board Rotterdam October 26 to mark the milestone. Holland America Line President Gus Antorcha and Rotterdam’s Captain Werner Timmers offered Joska along with her Platinum Medallion, 5-Star Mariner standing (highest stage) within the cruise line’s loyalty program and a choice of dog-friendly, Holland America Line-branded items.
“Joska is the primary service animal to realize this lofty standing and we wished to honor her with an occasion that reveals her how particular she is to everybody in our firm,” mentioned Antorcha. “Registered service animals are at all times welcome aboard Holland America Line ships, and Joska has turn out to be a member of our household. She not solely brightens the spirits of everybody on board, however she additionally permits Connie to do what she loves most, which is to cruise and discover the world.”
The Dutch couple have been cruising with Holland America Line since 2013 and have taken almost 60 cruises. From Alaska, Hawaii and Canada to Europe, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean, Joska has sailed on greater than 50 Holland America Line cruises since becoming a member of the Marinussen household in 2014 to help Cornelia, who’s legally blind, and is among the many most traveled canine on the planet.