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HAL's Jerrol Golden previews Koningsdam to Sydney media

Helen Hutcheon
Jerrol Golden with Mark Best and Tony Archbold at today's media lunch in Sydney
Holland America Line’s deputy director international public relations, Jerrol Golden, co-hosted a media lunch in Sydney today with Tony Archbold, director of sales Australia, to preview the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam which will make her maiden voyage in April next year.

As Archbold pointed out, Koning is Dutch for king and the new Pinnacle-class ship is a salute to King Willem-Alexander, the Netherland’s first king in more than 100 years who ascended the throne when his mother abdicated in 2013.

Golden and Archbold also previewed Noordam, the 1,924-passenger Vista-class ship which will replace Oosterdam for HAL’s 2015-16 extended (southern) summer season in Australia.

The lunch was held at Pei Modern, the restaurant Mark Best opened in Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel last October.

Best, who opened Pei Modern in Melbourne in 2012, is the Australian representative on Holland America Line’s culinary council, a team of top-name chefs from around the world who oversee the dining experience throughout the fleet and whose signature recipes are featured on the menus.

The special menu he created for today’s event included his signature dish -- quail, carrot hearts and miso.

Golden came to Sydney last Sunday from Singapore where she had hosted a round cruise familiarization for international journalists from Australia, Holland, Belgium, Austria and the United States. She returns to Seattle on Friday.