The cruise ship ROTTERDAM of the Holland America Line with some 1,200 passengers on board, docked in Port Victoria in the Seychelles on Saturday morning. Shortly afterwards, the island’s Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, accompanied by Andre Ciseau, the CEO of the Seychelles Ports Authority, and Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism, boarded the cruise ship to pay a courtesy call on the ship’s Captain, Mr. Johannes A. Mateboer, and to welcome him, his passengers, and his crew to the Seychelles.
“We have been working together with the CEO of the Seychelles Ports Authority to personalize the arrivals of cruise ships to our shores. The ship’s Captain is an important catalyst of or drive, and this morning as we were greeted by Captain Mateboer and his team, we saw they appreciated being recognized as partners of our tourism industry,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.
Also in the meeting that took place on board the Cruise Ship ROTTERDAM of the Holland America Line were the Staff Captain, Mr. Harm-Jan Arnold and the Ship’s Hotel Director, Mr. GIJSBERTUS. C. Van Mackelenbergh.
Minister St.Ange and PS Lafortune also used their meeting on the ship to present the Ship’s Captain with a coffee table book about the Seychelles, and CEO Andre Ciseau also presented a gift on behalf of the Port Authority.
Discussions at the meeting centered on Seychelles appearing on the itinerary of the Ms ROTTERDAM next year and also a stop at Praslin Island which will help excursion guides, taxis, car hire operators, restaurants, and artisans of the island to increase sales.
But what has kept Kassav together for almost four decades, has been a secret until Jocelyn shared it with those present.
“When you are working as a group, some are tested, some pass and are there to stay, while some leave. But those who stay have to fight to keep the team together, so that your bond and band can rise to another level,” Jocelyne said.
“When the group was created, we wanted to put Creole in a new light, bringing it to a new level, and we wanted to add value to Creole as a whole, to give it a new breath.
“We were not in competition with other music genre and bands when we created Kassav and zouk. We were just sharing another piece of what makes Creole unique to the rest of the world.”