Yesterday, René Kouwenberg (PTA director) and Janny Alberts (NV Zeedijk director) celebrated the first edition of the Amsterdam Crew Pass. A card that gives crewmembers discount in participating shops and restaurants (perfumeries, Asian restaurants, Toko Dun Yong, massage salon, lunchrooms)
This pass was exclusively designed for the ship’s crew. Last year, a dedicated area for crewmembers was opened inside the terminal, with free WiFi, multiple electricity points, lounge chairs, water, etc.
A lot of crewmembers have already found their way to the Zeedijk over the past few years and is a popular area for shopping. By giving discounts, the area wants to attract more crewmembers. A large variety of shops and restaurants can be found in the street, that is located on a 15 minute walk from the terminal.
The Zeedijk is the heart of Chinatown, the Chinese district of Amsterdam. There are many Asian shops and restaurants. The text on street signs around the Zeedijk and Nieuwmarkt is conducted in both Dutch and Chinese characters. De Zeedijk area is also called the Nautical Quarter, due to the past as a sailor neighborhood.
The passes will be available in the crew lounge, and staff captains of the ships will be informed. Participating shops on the Zeedijk will have special promotions during the season; information on these special deals can also be found in the lounge.
The pass is a next step in recognizing the crew as the city’s ambassadors. This first edition is a good start, we have faith that for the next season, more companies will participate in the project.