ABOUT US

Overview


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From the Executive Office


Greetings,

For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking our guests to exotic destinations around the world. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, you've come to the right place. We are committed to our mission: through excellence, we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.

Today, Holland America Line's fleet of 15 elegant, mid-size ships offers more than 500 sailings a year visiting all seven continents. Cruises include both popular and less-traveled ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand and Asia - as well as unique voyages to the Amazon, Antarctica and our extended Grand Voyages. Along with enticing destinations, we offer one-of-a-kind programs such as the Culinary Arts Center cooking demonstrations, Digital Workshop powered by Windows® and The Collections of Holland America Line - specially chosen shore excursions to further enhance our guests' appreciation and understanding of the places they visit.

Holland America Line has a long and proud history of delivering extraordinary vacation experiences, and with our ongoing $500-million Signature of Excellence® commitment, that experience is now better than ever. Signature of Excellence enhancements encompass virtually every area of our ships and range from new facilities and public spaces to added services and amenities.

Innovative programs and superior amenities have consistently placed us among the highest-rated premium cruise lines, earned us the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and one of the highest rates of repeat guests in the industry. We are very proud of these achievements and look forward to exceeding guests' expectations in every aspect of our operation.

Holland America Line also continues to set new standards for environmental leadership. Through hard work and dedication, Holland America Line has earned its ISO 14001 certification. As the internationally recognized standard for environmental management, ISO 14001 encompasses virtually every aspect of our ships' operations. Our commitment to it demonstrates our belief that the safeguarding of our guests, crews, ships and the environment in which we live and operate is not only the right thing to do, it is essential to the successful conduct of our business.

As part of our collective social responsibility, the company, employees, and guests have joined together to give back to communities and organizations around the world. Through the Ship to Shelter program, Holland America Line collects valuable and reusable goods from ships for donation to charities serving people in need. Andon February 4, 2013 Holland America Line announced an exciting new onboard philanthropic program called “On Deck for a Cause™.” This noncompetitive 5K fundraising walk is held on every sailing and benefits six international cancer organizations located in the United States, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom – the primary countries where our guests are from as well as our international homeports. Whether it's donating shipboard items to an orphanage, cleaning up a neighborhood park, or donating money to disaster relief, Holland America Line and its employees share time and resources to make a difference

Signature of Excellence is a promise from every Holland America Line employee to our guests - a commitment to provide a truly extraordinary experience and tremendous value. We invite you to experience our award-winning service, extraordinary accommodations, five star dining, entertaining onboard activities, and exotic destinations that can only be found on a cruise with Holland America Line. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Offering you my signature of excellence,

Stein Kruse

Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Group

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Mission & Values


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Code of Conduct


Our Mission


Through excellence we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.


Uncompromising Commitment to Safety and Sustainability


  • We have a great responsibility to safeguard the well-being of people and the oceans we sail upon. Ongoing training and adherence to rigorous standards are vital to preserving and protecting our guests, our employees and the environment.


Focus on Performance and Results


  • The foundation of Holland America Line's success always has been and continues to be a focus on performance and results.


Committed to Service Excellence


  • Striving for and achieving excellence in all aspects of company operations is a key ingredient of our culture and our success.


Integrity, Honesty and Ethics


  • Integrity, honesty and ethics guide Holland America Line on all levels, from individual employees to the company as a whole. We not only do things right, we do the right things.


Team Together, Team Apart


  • As a global company, Holland America Line is challenged by the many miles that separate the parts of our team. With employees located throughout the world, we are committed to working together and sharing a common goal and vision.


Embrace Change and Improvement


  • We must change and evolve in order to remain viable and competitive.


Maintain Optimism and Perspective


  • We strive to recognize the valuable contribution of our employees and embrace their diversity as we make every effort to strike a positive and healthy balance between personal life and professional goals.

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Awards & Accolades


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We are proud to share some of the organizations and publications which have honored us with awards and accolades.

 

#1 Preferred Cruise Line

Portrait of Affluent Travelerssurvey: Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell

 

Consistently Among the Highest-rated Cruise Lines

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

 

Highest-rated Premium Cruise Line

Condé Nast Traveller UK Readers’ Travel Awards

 

International Five Star Diamond Award

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences

 

High Deluxe Five-Star-Plus Rating

World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society

 

Best Overall Cruise Value (21 consecutive years)

World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society, Ocean & Cruise News

 

Best Private Island - Half Moon Cay (13 years), Best Private Island Cabana - Half Moon Cay, Best Alaska Itineraries, Best Central America Itineraries,

Best Canada/New England Itineraries, Best Shore Excursions,

Best Overall Facilities for Physically Challenged Passengers

2013 Porthole Cruise Magazine Readers' Choice Awards

 

Best Cruise Line Chef:  Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Best Onboard Art Collection

Porthole Cruise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Award


Best Dining Experience, Master Chef’s Table
2014 Porthole Cruise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Award 

 

 

Best Shore Excursions, 2011

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards (US)

 

Best Overall, Mid-Sized Ship for ms Noordam; #1 Best for Fitness, Mid-Sized Ship for ms Westerdam; #1 Best Shore Excursions, Mid-Sized Ship for ms Westerdam;  #1 Best Cruise to Alaska for ms Volendam; #1 Best Cruise from the West Coast for ms Westerdam

2013 Cruise Critic Cruiser's Choice Awards (US)

 

#1 Best Alaska Cruises, #1 Best Cruises from West Coast, #1 Best Cabins for ms Amsterdam; #1 Best Embarkation for ms Ryndam (mid-sized ships)

2012 Cruise CriticCruiser's Choice Awards (US)

 

Best Cabins

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards (UK)

 

#1 Fitness for Volendam; (mid-sized ships)

2012 Cruise Critic Cruiser's Choice Awards (UK)

 

Among the Best Cruise Ship Spas

2013 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards

 

Green Planet Award

Kuoni Switzerland for outstanding environmental standards

 

Gold Medal: Eco-Friendly "Green" Cruise Ship, Best Premium Ship: ms Eurodam

Silver Medal: Dancing with the Stars: At Sea for Entertainment, Taste of De Librije for Restaurant Design, Pinnacle Suite for Suite Design

Travel Weekly, Magellan Awards

 

Responsible Tourism Award, 2008

Virgin Holidays

 

Marine Environmental Business of the Year, 2010, 2014

Port of Seattle

 

Best Cruise Operator, International

Australian Federation of Travel Agents

 

Best Cruise Line

Zoover Holiday Reviews

 

Gold Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award, 2012, 2010

US Coast Guard

 

North Star Award for Excellence in Tourism

Govenor of Alaska

 

Most Ethical Companies List 2012, 2013, 2014

Ethic Inside® Certification from Ethisphere Institute

 

World's Leading Green Cruise Line, 2010

World Travel Awards

 

Blue Circle Award, 2010

Port of Vancouver

 

Green Gateway Award - Platinum Level, 2012

Port of Seattle

 

Sustainable Tourism Award, January 2013

Hsmai and National Geographic Traveler

 

Ocean Stewardship and Sustainability Award, 2013

Alaska SeaLife Center

 

Favorite Cruise Experience, 2013

National Tour Association

 

Wave Award for Best Shore Excursion (Ocean-going), 2013

Travel Age West

 

Best Food Cruise Lines, 2012/2013

Prow's Edge

 

Best Cruise Lines for Single Cruisers, 2012/2013

Prow's Edge

 

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Company Profile


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Holland America Line is widely recognized as a leader in the premium segment of the cruise industry. The company’s fleet of 15 ships annually offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports of call in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. From one-day mini-vacations to once-in-a-lifetime Grand World Voyages of more than 100 days, the line visits all seven continents to call at a variety of exotic, tropical, historical, cultural and adventure-filled destinations. The line currently has a new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in February 2016.

Highlights: 1873 – Present

Celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2013, Holland America Line has carried more than 11 million passengers from Europe to the New World and to vacation destinations across the globe since its founding. Today, it carries more than 800,000 cruise passengers a year.

  • Holland America Line began in 1873 as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company, a shipping and passenger line. It became known as Holland America Line because it was headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and provided service to the Americas.
  • The company's first ocean liner was Rotterdam, which sailed its maiden 15-day voyage from Rotterdam to New York City on Oct. 15, 1872.
  • By its 25th anniversary, Holland America Line owned a fleet of six cargo and passenger ships. It also was providing service between Holland and the Dutch East Indies via the newly constructed Suez Canal.
  • The line was a principal carrier of immigrants from Europe to the United States from the 1880s to the 1920s, taking 850,000 passengers to new lives in the New World.
  • In 1895, the company offered its first vacation cruise. Its second leisure cruise — from New York to the Holy Land — was in 1910.
  • In 1971, Holland America Line suspended its trans-Atlantic passenger trade and offered cruise vacations full time.
  • In 1989, Holland America Line Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp., the largest cruise company in the world.


Worldwide Itineraries and One-of-a-Kind Programs

Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships visits all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages, Grand World Voyages and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.  Beginning in 2014, Holland America Line has rebranded its popular Alaska CruiseTour program with the new name Land+Sea Journeys to highlight more time in the marquee destinations of Denali National Park and the Yukon. Among the most significant program enhancements is a convenient one-hour flight that brings Fairbanks, Alaska, and Dawson City, Yukon, closer together — replacing up to two days of motorcoach travel and a hotel overnight. The company has also reached an agreement to acquire the McKinley Chalets Hotel in Denali National Park with a goal to further develop the property and deliver the finest destination resort and experience in Alaska.

Holland America Line launched Signature of Excellence in 2003, designed to enhance all aspects of the guest experience: elegant accommodations, sophisticated five-star dining, gracious, award-winning service and extensive enrichment programs and activities. To date, Holland America Line has invested more than $500 million in Signature of Excellence.  Its one-of-a-kind programs and enhancements include:

  • Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine: a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where celebrated guest chefs and experts provide cooking demonstrations, wine-tastings, a cocktail mixology, hands-on themed cooking classes for both adults and kids, and other entertainment presentations.
  • New “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” experience featuring theme cruises in 2013 and 2014, a chance to meet the dancers and see a dazzling production starring celebrities and the famed dance pros. In addition, all ships also will feature an exclusive “Dancing with the Stars” program including dance lessons and an opportunity for a few lucky guests to dance center stage in an exciting dance-off performance leading to top winners enjoying a chance to compete for a Mirror Ball Trophy on the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise in 2014. 
  • An Evening at Le Cirque takes place in the Pinnacle Grill one evening on each cruise. The line re-created the legendary eatery’s whimsical ambiance and award-winning dining experience on-board. Menus, wine selections, table decorations and the restaurant setting reflect an authentic Le Cirque dining experience. 
  • New alternative, vegetarian-only menu, as well as 30 new vegetarian dishes to the main dining room menu.
  • A new 20-dish Master Chef’s International Dinner in the main dining room showcases signature dishes from around the world.
  • Taste of De Librije aboard ms Rotterdam and ms Eurodam that features the cuisine of Culinary Council member and Michelin Three Star Chef Jonnie Boer. The menu showcases a selection of starters, soups, entrees and desserts from his land-based eatery.
  • A sustainable seafood program that supports environmentally responsible purchasing practices and features menus that showcase best and good choice sustainable seafood. 
    • New spa and lanai stateroom categories.
    • New stateroom amenities highlighted by the plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Bed, refined bathroom appointments, flat-panel TVs, pillow menus, new soft goods and bedding and more.
    • Club HAL® for kids and tweens ages 3-12 with supervised, age-appropriate activities; teens-only activity areas.


As part of its social responsibility initiative, Holland America Line contributes more than $1 million a year in cash, in-kind shipboard events and useable goods to a broad range of charitable organizations nationally and internationally. In addition, the line provides over 2,000 reduced-fare cruises annually to support charitable fundraising events throughout the United States and Canada.

The innovative On Deck for a Cause program is a non-competitive 5k fundraising walk held on each sailing. This program, announced in February 2013, supports cancer organizations in North America, Europe and Australia: Cancer Council Australia, Canadian Cancer Society, Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid), KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society), Cancer Research UK and American Cancer Society.

              

               HOLLAND AMERICA LINE’S FIVE-STAR FLEET


Ship Name

Delivery

Passenger Capacity

ms Nieuw Amsterdam

2010

2,106

ms Eurodam

2008

2,104

ms Noordam

2006

1,972

ms Westerdam

2004

1,916

ms Oosterdam

2003

1,916

ms Zuiderdam

2002

1,916

ms Prinsendam

2002

   835

ms Amsterdam

2000

1,380

ms Zaandam

2000

1,432

ms Volendam

1999

1,432

ms Rotterdam

1997

1,404

ms Veendam

1996

1,350

ms Ryndam

1994

1,260

ms Maasdam

1993

1,258

ms Statendam

1993

1,260

TBD

2016

2,648



Holland America Line is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

 

ABOUT US

Stein Kruse
Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Group


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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Stein Kruse
Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Group

Stein Kruse is Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group, a division of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia.

Holland America Group operates 41 cruise ships, with more than 36,000 employees worldwide delivering 25 million passenger cruise days annually.

Princess Cruises is the third-largest cruise line in the world, carrying approximately 1.4 million guests each year to top destinations around the globe on 18 premium vessels. A new 3,560 passenger Royal-class ship is on order for delivery in spring of 2017.

Holland America Line operates a fleet of 15 premium vessels carrying approximately 850,000 guests on more than 500 cruises annually to all seven continents. Two new 2,650-passenger ships are on order with deliveries scheduled for February 2016 and November 2018.

Holland America-Princess Land Operations operates hotels, rail services, motor coach transportation, shore services and tour operations in Alaska and the Yukon for guests from Holland America Line and Princess Cruises on land tours.

Seabourn’s five intimate, all-suite luxury vessels carry between 208 and 450 guests and sail 197 cruises annually to the world’s most desirable destinations. Two new 604-passenger ships are on order with deliveries scheduled for late 2016 and spring of 2018.

P&O Cruises Australia has three ships sailing from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, to destinations across the Australasia region.


Kruse joined Holland America Line in Seattle, Wash., in 1999 as senior vice president, Fleet Operations, with overall responsibility for operations and new builds. In 2003 he was named president and chief operating officer and became chief executive officer on Dec. 1, 2004. In January 2011 he was appointed chairman of Seabourn when the company’s corporate headquarters transitioned from Miami, Fla., to Seattle. He was appointed CEO of the newly formed Holland America Group on Dec. 1, 2013.

Before joining Holland America Line, Kruse was senior vice president and chief financial officer of North American Operations for global Japanese shipping company "K" Line, where he also oversaw financial activities of seven U.S. subsidiaries and served on the Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, and president and CEO of Seven Seas Cruise Line.

Kruse currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; World Trade Center Seattle; Saltchuk Resources, Inc.; and the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

A native of Oslo, Norway, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Kruse, his wife and two children reside in Bellevue, Wash.

ABOUT US

Stein Kruse
Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Group


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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Stein Kruse
Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Group

Stein Kruse is Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group, a division of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia.

Holland America Group operates 41 cruise ships, with more than 36,000 employees worldwide delivering 25 million passenger cruise days annually.

Princess Cruises is the third-largest cruise line in the world, carrying approximately 1.4 million guests each year to top destinations around the globe on 18 premium vessels. A new 3,560 passenger Royal-class ship is on order for delivery in spring of 2017.

Holland America Line operates a fleet of 15 premium vessels carrying approximately 850,000 guests on more than 500 cruises annually to all seven continents. Two new 2,650-passenger ships are on order with deliveries scheduled for February 2016 and November 2018.

Holland America-Princess Land Operations operates hotels, rail services, motor coach transportation, shore services and tour operations in Alaska and the Yukon for guests from Holland America Line and Princess Cruises on land tours.

Seabourn’s five intimate, all-suite luxury vessels carry between 208 and 450 guests and sail 197 cruises annually to the world’s most desirable destinations. Two new 604-passenger ships are on order with deliveries scheduled for late 2016 and spring of 2018.

P&O Cruises Australia has three ships sailing from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, to destinations across the Australasia region.


Kruse joined Holland America Line in Seattle, Wash., in 1999 as senior vice president, Fleet Operations, with overall responsibility for operations and new builds. In 2003 he was named president and chief operating officer and became chief executive officer on Dec. 1, 2004. In January 2011 he was appointed chairman of Seabourn when the company’s corporate headquarters transitioned from Miami, Fla., to Seattle. He was appointed CEO of the newly formed Holland America Group on Dec. 1, 2013.

Before joining Holland America Line, Kruse was senior vice president and chief financial officer of North American Operations for global Japanese shipping company "K" Line, where he also oversaw financial activities of seven U.S. subsidiaries and served on the Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, and president and CEO of Seven Seas Cruise Line.

Kruse currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; World Trade Center Seattle; Saltchuk Resources, Inc.; and the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

A native of Oslo, Norway, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Kruse, his wife and two children reside in Bellevue, Wash.

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Orlando Ashford
President,
Holland America Line



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Orlando Ashford
President, Holland America Line

Orlando Ashford serves as president of Holland America Line, leading the award-winning cruise line's brand and business, including its fleet of 15 premium vessels carrying approximately 850,000 guests annually to all seven continents. Ashford will oversee Holland America Line’s sales and marketing, revenue management, deployment and itinerary planning, public relations, hotel operations and strategy.

Prior to joining Holland America Line, Ashford was president of the Talent Business Segment for Mercer, the global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Previous to Mercer he served as senior vice president, chief human resources and communications officer of Mercer's parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies. Ashford also has held several other leadership roles during the course of his career, including group director of human resources for 90 countries in Eurasia and Africa for the Coca-Cola Company and vice president Corporate Center human resources and cultural transformation. Previously he was vice president of global human resources strategy and organizational development for Motorola Inc., where he helped modernize the human resources function for the global tech leader.

Ashford’s recently published book, “Talentism,” addresses the global disconnect between available jobs – more than one-third of employers worldwide cannot fill all available jobs – and the estimated 202 million eligible workers who are unemployed. Ashford examines how technology and human networks can help bridge the skills gap, improve business performance, and lead to the betterment of society at large.

Ashford is on the Board of Directors for global manufacturing company ITT Corp. He was named to the “Directorship 100” of the National Association of Corporate Directors in 2013 and 2014, and is a Purdue University School of Technology Distinguished Alumnus. An active community supporter, he is on the board of directors of the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders; and for Streetwise Partners, which brings together low-income individuals and volunteer business professionals to develop workplace skills and employment networks. Ashford holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Industrial Technology from Purdue University.

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History


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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Holland America Line - Historical Poster

Providing Passage to the New World


Holland America was founded in 1873 as the Netherlands-American Steamship Company (NASM), a shipping and Passenger line. Because it was headquartered in Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, it became known as Holland America Line (HAL).

Within 25 years, HAL owned a fleet of six cargo and passenger ships, and operated between Holland and the Dutch East Indies. The line was primarily a carrier of immigrants from Europe to the United States until well after the turn of the century, carrying 850,000 to new lives in the New World.

Though transportation and shipping were the primary sources of revenue, in 1895 the company offered its first vacation cruise. In 1973, the company sold its cargo shipping division. In 1989, HAL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp., the largest cruise company in the world. Today, the premium cruise leader operates 15 ships to seven continents and carries nearly 800,000 cruise passengers a year.

APRIL 18, 1873 The official founding date of the Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (NASM) in Rotterdam in 1873. The company was formed as a result of the reorganization of an earlier company, Plate, Reuchlin & Co. The company's first ship was the original Rotterdam, which sailed its 15-day maiden voyage from the Netherlands to New York City on October 15, 1872.
1882 HAL begins operations from Hoboken, N.J.
 
1883 The "dam" suffix is adopted for the names of HAL passenger liners.
 
1888 HAL initiates a short-lived service from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires.
 
1890 HAL purchases its terminal in Hoboken, N.J.
 
1895 The 3,300-ton Rotterdam II sails the first Holland America Line cruise - a short summer voyage from Rotterdam to Copenhagen and back - through the Kieler Canal.
 
JUNE 15, 1896 NASM officially becomes known as Holland Amerika Lijn.
 
1898 At its 25th anniversary, Holland America Line owns six ships and has carried 90,000 cabin passengers and 400,000 steerage passengers, along with 5 million tons of cargo, mostly flower bulbs, herring and gin.
 
1880's-1920's The company is a major carrier of immigrants from Europe to the New World during the massive emigration which takes place from the 1880s to the 1920s. HAL carries more than 10 percent of all those traveling steerage to the New World. Because of its quality and the cleanliness of its ships, HAL becomes known as "The Spotless Fleet."
 
1900 The company adopts the "dijk," or "dyk," suffix for the names of its cargo ships.
 
1908 Rotterdam IV enters service as the company's flagship.
 
1910 The second HAL cruise departs from New York to the Mediterranean and the Holy Land on board the 10,500-ton Statendam I.
 
1914-1918 World War I sees the loss of six HAL ships and 13 employees. Statendam II is taken over in its Belfast building dock by the British for use as the troopship Justicia, which was torpedoed and sunk in 1918. The company resumes business after the war with 10 ships.
 
1921 HAL builds four passenger/cargo ships - Edam IV, Leerdam II, Maasdam III and Spaarndam II - for service to Cuba.
 
1921-24 U.S. governmental restrictions reduce immigration to a trickle, adversely affecting all the transatlantic steamship companies. Though the European liners benefit from Prohibition since U.S. liners were "dry."
 
1926 The 14,450-ton Veendam II sails HAL's first Caribbean cruise. Rijndam I makes the company's first round-the-world voyage as a floating university. HAL starts to use containers for shipping furniture and other "non-bulk" cargo.
 
1930 HAL battened down the hatches to weather the Great Depression. Between 1931 and 1933, 12 ships were sold for scrap. HAL offices throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. are either closed or consolidated with other Dutch shipping companies. Staff is reduced 34% - from 3,944 to 2,595 - with those remaining taking a 9-10% cut in salary.
 
1938 HAL's profits begin to increase again. Transatlantic business grows once more and 36 vacation cruises sailed.
The elegant Nieuw Amsterdam II is built as the company's new flagship.
 
1939-1945 At the start of World War II, HAL had 25 ships; nine remained at war's end. 264 employees lost their lives. At the beginning of the war, the Westernland, berthed at Falmouth, England, becomes the seat of the Netherlands government. The Nieuw Amsterdam sails half a million miles transporting 400,000 military personnel.
 
1951 HAL introduces dove gray livery to the hulls of its passenger vessels. The Ryndam II and the Maasdam III, the "Economy Twins," are the first ships to allow tourist class passengers run of the ship and restrict one upper deck to first class guests only.
 
1958 The 24,294-ton ss Statendam IV departs Hoboken, N.J., terminal on the company's first Grand World Voyage.
 
1959 ss Rotterdam V enters service as the company's new flagship.
 
1950's-1960's HAL's advertising slogan is: "It's good to be on a well-run ship."
 
1963 Company’s new terminal at Pier 40 in New York begins operation.
 
1963-66 HAL first operates the Seven Seas - owned by HAL's German subsidiary, Europa Canada Line - and then the Ryndam II on world-wide cruises for students by the California-based "University of the Seven Seas."
 
1964 HAL ships made a record 50 voyages to New York and 11 to Montreal, Quebec.
 
1966 Statendam IV turns to cruising full-time.
 
MID-1960's Freighters undergo a transition from traditional breakbulk to containerization. HAL sells most of its fleet of WWII-era freighters and, with several other lines, organizes Atlantic Container Line.
 
1967-71 The Ryndam II continues world-wide student cruises with Chapman College of Orange, CA, until the ship is sold in 1971.
 
1968 Nieuw Amsterdam II and Rotterdam V join Statendam IV in cruising nearly full-time. HAL is the first line to implement the hotel management system on board all ships. Also this year, HAL was the first line to adopt the Lido dining concept with a wide variety of dining selections.
 
LATE 1960's Holland America Line's crews become increasingly international.
 
1969 Only 13 trans-Atlantic sailings depart. The company re-names its passenger business "Holland America Cruises." The company begins recruiting dining room staff in Indonesia, later setting up a training program at a school in Bandung using actual Holland America Line dining settings.
 
1970 The first Indonesian stewards are welcomed on board the Ryndam.
 
1971 HAL replaces the original house flag of "NASM" on the green-and-white striped Rotterdam city flag with an orange flag inset with three swaths of aqua, white and aqua again.
 
FEBRUARY 1971 HAL buys 1 million shares and controlling interest of the Alaska tour company Westours, paying $1.25 per share.
 
SEPTEMBER 1971 The grand ss Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938, the "Darling of the Dutch," closes out the company's 98 years of trans-Atlantic service and is re-deployed on 10- and 11-day cruises to the West Indies from Port Everglades, FL.
 
1972 HAL enters into a freight service partnership called Combi Line. HAL introduces the current midnight-blue livery to the hulls of its passenger ships. Passenger ships’ registration changes to Dutch registry.
 
1973 HAL purchases the Brasil and Argentina from Moore McCormack and renames them the Volendam (II) and Veendam (III). By this centennial year, HAL has transported 76 million tons of freight between Europe and North America and 4.5 million passengers. During the international oil crisis, the price of marine fuel nearly triples, resulting in the Veendam III and Volendam II being laid up for a time and then chartered to Monarch Cruise Lines of Miami.
 
NOVEMBER 1973 HAL's first purpose-built cruise liner, the 8,566-ton, 452-passenger ms Prinsendam, enters service, sailing Indonesian cruises from Singapore.
 
DECEMBER 1973 The Nieuw Amsterdam II sails its last cruise.
 
1975 The Prinsendam conducts HAL’ s first Alaska cruise on the Inside Passage itinerary. The ship sails Alaska in the summer, Indonesia in the fall, winter and spring. Other HAL ships cruise to the Caribbean and Bermuda, with Rotterdam also conducting an annual world cruise. HAL sells its Transport Division — and the last of its cargo vessels. In addition to its cruise business, HAL continues to have holdings in other marine businesses including steel cables, tarpaulins, navigational instruments and ship chandlery.
 
1976 HAL begins recruiting skilled personnel from the Philippines, first to work in the deck and engine department, then in the kitchens and bars/lounges and the on-board maintenance shops.
 
1977 HAL buys out the minority shareholders in Westours and takes the company private. Prinsendam is joined by Veendam for the Alaska season.
 
1978 HAL moves its headquarters from Rotterdam to Stamford, CT.
 
1980's HAL introduces another new house flag of orange - the Dutch royalty color - and the blue Holland America Half Moon logo in the center.
 
OCTOBER 1980 As it repositions from Alaska to Indonesia, a fire breaks out in the Prinsendam's engine room. All aboard are evacuated safely. The ship sinks under tow in the Pacific Ocean west of Sitka.
 
1981 HAL's service staff training school, "ss Jakarta," is established in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is later expanded and renamed "ms Nieuw Jakarta" in 1983.
 
1983 Volendam II and Veendam III are sold while the 1,214-passenger ms Nieuw Amsterdam III joins the fleet.
 
FALL 1983 To save money, Holland America moves west to Seattle to consolidate operations with Westours and becomes known as Holland America Line-Westours Inc. Kirk Lanterman, previously president of Westours, takes the helm.
 
1984 The ms Noordam III, sister ship to the Nieuw Amsterdam III, enters service and joins the ss Rotterdam V cruising Alaska in the summer.
 
1987 The first Filipino stewardesses join the fleet with six sailing on the ss Rotterdam for the World Cruise.
 
JANUARY 17, 1989 Carnival purchases Holland America Line-Westours Inc.
 
JANUARY 1989 Kirk Lanterman becomes CEO.
 
SUMMER 1989 The addition of the Westerdam (1,000 passengers; expanded to 1,494 in the winter of 1989-90) brings HAL's Alaska fleet to four luxury liners.
 
1990 HAL announces a new building program, ordering three (later expanded to four) 1,266-passenger sister ships from Fincantieri shipyards in Italy.
 
JANUARY 1993 The new ms Statendam V enters service and that summer conducts HAL's first European cruise season in approximately 20 years.
 
DECEMBER 1993 The new ms Maasdam IV enters service.
 
SUMMER 1994 Holland America Line's Alaska fleet grows to five ships, with the new 1,266-passenger Maasdam.
 
OCTOBER 1994 ms Ryndam III delivered.
 
MAY 1996 ms Veendam IV enters service and HAL’s fleet grows to 8.
 
SUMMER 1996 Addition of Veendam permits HAL to deploy Westerdam nearly year-round in the Caribbean with fall Canada and New England cruises. HAL’s Alaska fleet grows to six ships. Maasdam is deployed in Europe.
 
MARCH 1997 Kirk Lanterman also named chairman.
 
SEPTEMBER 30, 1997 The ss Rotterdam V retires.
 
NOVEMBER 11, 1997 Company’s new flagship, ms Rotterdam VI, enters service. During inaugural activities, HAL introduces its award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. In December 1996, HAL purchased the uninhabited 2,400-acre island of Little San Salvador from several Bahamian owners for $6 million.
 
1998 Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Statendam, Maasdam, Ryndam and Westerdam operate a record 120 cruises to Alaska. HAL also expands operations to include a longer European cruising season on board the ms Rotterdam VI and Explorer Cruises on board the Nieuw Amsterdam in South America and Asia/South Pacific.
 
AUGUST 1999 HAL sells Nieuw Amsterdam for $114.5 million to be transferred in fall 2000.
 
NOVEMBER 1999 HAL signs a contract with Italian shipyard Fincantieri Cantieri Navali S.p.A. for the construction of two (later expanded to four) new Vista-class 81,769-ton vessels expected to enter service in the fall of 2002 and summer of 2003.
 
NOVEMBER 12, 1999 The 63,000-gross-ton, 1,440 passenger ship, ms Volendam, enters service.
 
JANUARY 28, 2000 The ms Rotterdam makes its first ever visit by HAL to Antarctica on Grand World Voyage.
 
MAY 6, 2000 The ms Zaandam, sister ship to the Volendam, enters service in Caribbean.
 
SUMMER 2000 For the first time, HAL deploys three ships in Europe: the Noordam, Maasdam and Rotterdam.
 
OCTOBER 30, 2000 The Amsterdam, sister ship to the Rotterdam, sails her maiden voyage. With the Amsterdam, HAL introduces its present house flag with three blue and white strips with the Holland America Half Moon logo.
 
JUNE 3, 2002 The new ms Prinsendam, the "Elegant Explorer," joins the HAL fleet, now numbering 10.
 
SEPTEMBER 30, 2002 Holland America Line-Westours officially changes its name to Holland America Line Inc.
 
OCTOBER 5, 2002 The alternative restaurant concept, Pinnacle Grill, is introduced on the Statendam and Ryndam. The concept will be added to all Vista class ships and other ships in the fleet by early 2004. The Pinnacle Grill features Pacific Northwest cuisine and style and includes fine wines and elegant presentations.
 
DECEMBER 14, 2002 First Vista-class ship, ms Zuiderdam, enters service. The 1,848-guest, 81,769-ton ship is designed to provide a new standard of space, convenience and premium amenities.
 
JULY 28-30, 2003 HAL celebrates its 130th anniversary year in Rotterdam. The festivities include the launch and naming of the new Vista-class ms Oosterdam by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of The Netherlands. Rotterdam joins Oosterdam for events that include past employees, World War II veterans, local dignitaries, and past guests.
 
AUGUST 3, 2003 The Oosterdam sails on her maiden voyage in Europe.
 
NOVEMBER 5, 2003 Holland America Line appoints Stein Kruse as President and Chief Operating Officer.
 
NOVEMBER 10, 2003 HAL announces a $225-million Signature of Excellence® initiative to provide unparalleled product and service enhancements to its fleet award winning ships. Signature of Excellence® raises the standard in premium cruising with enhancements such as plush Euro-top mattresses and large fluffy towels in staterooms, Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, and Explorations Café powered by The New York Times. The initiative expands and to date tops enhancements of more than $425 million.
 
APRIL 25, 2004 The Vista-class ms Westerdam embarks on her maiden voyage from Venice. The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger vessel is the third in Holland America Line's history to bear the Westerdam name.
 
NOVEMBER 20, 2004 ms Prinsendam cruises up the Amazon River on the first-ever cruise by HAL on the world's second longest river.
 
DECEMBER 1, 2004 Stein Kruse named president and chief executive officer for Holland America Line. Kruse succeeds Kirk Lanterman, who, after 30 years at the helm, retires and serves as Chairman Emeritus.
 
DECEMBER 2, 2004 ms Westerdam sails on her inaugural Caribbean cruise, a 3-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary.
 
DECEMBER 4, 2004 Signature of Excellence® additions are completed on Half Moon Cay. Enhancements include a horseback riding and swimming tour, a stingray adventure program, an AquaTrax personal water craft course and a family aqua park.
 
MAY 20, 2005 HAL partners with Food & Wine magazine to launch an ambitious on-board culinary program. The multi-year partnership will provide HAL guests an opportunity to experience demonstrations and seminars conducted by top chefs, wine experts and leading cookbook authors.
 
JUNE 2005 HAL breaks ground in Denali to build a new 135 room lodge to service CruiseTour, Gray Line of Alaska guests and others. The property is scheduled to open in May 2006.
 
DECEMBER 19, 2005 ms Volendam becomes latest ship to receive Signature of Excellence® amenities and enhancements.
 
DECEMBER 14, 2005 HAL announces a new building plan to deliver an 86,000-ton, 2,104-guest ship in the summer of 2008 called ms Eurodam.
 
JANUARY 31, 2006 The 81,769-ton, 1918-passenger ms Noordam, the fourth ship to bear the name in the line’s history, is officially handed over from Fincantieri Shipyard in Marghera, Italy, to HAL.
 
FEBRUARY 22, 2006 Actress Marlee Matlin dedicates the new ms Noordam. It then sets sail on its maiden voyage roundtrip from homeport New York City to the Caribbean.
 
MARCH 22, 2006 For 3rd time, Rotterdam is named Ship of the Year in the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society annual cruise ship survey by its members.
 
APRIL 1, 2006 On Deck for the Cure - to raise money for breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Foundation - will officially begin rolling out across the entire Holland America Line fleet. Approximately 500 On Deck for the Cure walks around the ships' decks will take place each year on cruises worldwide.
 
JUNE 6, 2006 Noordam rescues 22 refugees found in waters between Turkey and Greece. The efforts earned the crew recognition from the United Nations, United States Coast Guard, United States Navy and several international refugee organizations.
 
JUNE 6, 2006 In cooperation with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Parks Service, HAL develops and launches the interactive computer-based “Avoiding Whale Strikes” training program. All fleetwide deck officers have taken the award-winning course.
 
JULY 29, 2006 Vista-class cruise ships ms Westerdam and ms Oosterdam are retrofitted to use shore power at the Port of Seattle to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions when in Seattle. ms Noordam has since also been retrofitted.
 
JULY 30, 2006 Fine art goes high tech on the high seas as HAL debuts self-guided art tours using handheld iPod devices. Available fleetwide, tours cover the unique art and antique collections — together valued at tens of millions of dollars.
 
DECEMBER 19, 2006 Three Vista-class ships – ms Noordam, ms Westerdam and ms Oosterdam – have been honored with the 2006 Green Planet Environmental Award, bestowed by Kuoni Switzerland.
 
FEBRUARY 28, 2007 HAL opens new Rotterdam office near the original line’s headquarters on Wilhelmina Pier. The new 30-person office will house seagoing hiring, purchasing and sales and marketing divisions.
 
APRIL 22, 2007 ms Zaandam sails from Vancouver, B.C., featuring new cutting-edge emission reduction technology recently installed. In cooperation with several United States and Canadian government and regulatory agencies, HAL launches a technology demonstration project to research the feasibility of using sea water to “scrub,” or reduce, engine emissions on oceangoing vessels.
 
MAY 10, 2007 ms Westerdam completes enhancements, including 34 additional staterooms, locating the Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times, in the Crow’s Nest, adding a Pinnacle Bar and new signature shops. Capacity is now 1916.
 
JUNE 11, 2007 Carnival Corporation & plc announces that it has exercised its option for a new 86,000-ton, 2,106-guest vessel for its HAL brand to be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at its Marghera shipyard. Scheduled for fall 2010, the new €425-million ship will be the second Signature-class ship.
 
JUNE 15, 2007 HAL launches a kids’ and teens’ Culinary Arts Center activity program to teach kids and teens how to make dishes from breakfast to dinner.
 
JULY 16, 2007 HAL launches As You Wish dining, a program that allows guests to choose from either traditional pre-set seating and dining times or a completely flexible dining schedule.
 
AUGUST 1, 2007 HAL publishes The Art of Cruising: Fine Art and Antiques of Holland America Line, a 176-page full-color hardcover coffee-table book about the art in the fleet. It highlights pieces such as Andy Warhol’s famed Queen Beatrix series and Susanna Holt’s life-size bronze sculptures of wildlife.
 
DECEMBER 12, 2007 HAL marks the 10th anniversary of award-winning Half Moon Cay, the line’s highest-rated Caribbean port call. The line initially invested $16 million in the facility — which today is situated on approximately 50 acres — and developed it according to the guidelines of the International Chamber of Commerce Business Charter for Sustainable Development.
 
DECEMBER 17, 2007 HAL completes a significant $20 million upgrade to ms Prinsendam to remodel stateroom bathrooms and add the Explorations Café powered by the New York Times.
 
JANUARY 4, 2008 Amsterdam sails on HAL’s 50th Anniversary World Cruise. The 114-day voyage features 39 ports in 29 countries on six continents and circumnavigates the globe.
 
MAY 28, 2008 Zuiderdam emerges after three weeks of extensive renovations with 34 new guest staterooms, the addition of an Explorations Café – powered by The New York Times, a larger Pinnacle Grill restaurant, the addition of a new Pinnacle Bar, increased seating in the Lido Restaurant, and an environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art “wet cleaning machine” for dry cleaning.
 
JULY 1, 2008 Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands names the 2,104-guest ms Eurodam in a ceremony in Rotterdam in front of the company’s original headquarters at Wilhelminakade. The ship sails its maiden voyage on July 5.
 
OCTOBER 2008 Holland America Line opens a new Culinary Training Program, designed in cooperation with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), in Manila, the Philippines. Programs train shipboard culinary staff in meal preparation and mixology and service staff for the front desk/concierge duties for its expanding fleet of premium cruise ships. More than 5,000 Filipinos work in more than 100 shipboard positions in the fleet of 14.
 
APRIL 25, 2009 Oosterdam sails its first cruise after a Signature of Excellence drydock with the additions of new staterooms, a larger Pinnacle Grill restaurant and new Pinnacle Bar, the complimentary Canaletto restaurant and expansions to the Lido restaurant and the Explorations Cafe – powered by The New York Times.
 
MAY 1, 2009 Veendam’s significant transformation is completed for the most recent phase of Signature of Excellence enhancements. The ship now features upgraded staterooms, bathrooms and fixtures along with additional verandah staterooms and a new category called the Lanai Stateroom; an exclusive pool feature — the Retreat; a Mix lounge concept including three specialty theme bars; a Showroom at Sea; and the new Canaletto Italian restaurant.
 
DECEMBER 16, 2009 ms Rotterdam sails with new Signature of Excellence enhancements including the Retreat, Mix, Showroom at Sea, Canaletto restaurant, Lanai staterooms and additional verandah staterooms.
 
JANUARY 13, 2010 ms Prinsendam completes a dry dock to add new staterooms, an expanded aft pool deck, new Sea View Bar and other Signature of Excellence enhancements.
 
FEBRUARY 25, 2010 ms Ryndam completes Signature of Excellence enhancements, including stateroom amenities and the addition of the Mix, Showroom at Sea and Canaletto restaurant.
 
APRIL 11, 2010 ms Statendam completes Signature of Excellence enhancements, including stateroom amenities and the addition of the Mix, Showroom at Sea and Canaletto restaurant.
 
APRIL 22, 2010 HAL and Marine Conservation Institute announce a new partnership to protect the world’s marine ecosystems. Called “Our Marvelous Oceans,” the new program starts with a three-year commitment that includes adopting sustainable seafood purchasing onboard, new programming for guests and support for the MCI education program.
 
APRIL 25, 2010 HAL returns to Bermuda with regular seven-day ms Veendam cruises. The line last sailed regularly to Bermuda in 1983.
 
MAY 14, 2010 In recognition of its measurable efforts to reduce its environmental footprint both at sea and in port, HAL is selected as the 2010 Marine Environmental Business of the Year by the Port of Seattle and the Seattle Propeller Club.
 
JULY 4, 2010 Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands names the 2,106-guest ms Nieuw Amsterdam in a ceremony in Venice, Italy. The fourth HAL ship to bear the name, Nieuw Amsterdam sails its maiden voyage on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise.
 
OCTOBER 12, 2010 HAL creates a Culinary Council to enrich HAL’s culinary initiatives and present signature recipes to be featured on all 15 ships. Culinary Council members include Council Chairman and Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, along with renowned international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Jacques Torres and Charlie Trotter.
 
OCTOBER 25, 2010 HAL creates “An Evening at Le Cirque” in the Pinnacle Grill aboard its ships. Working with Le Cirque’s Executive Chef Craig Hopson, HAL recreates the legendary eatery’s whimsical ambiance and award-winning dining experience on board — from serving the cuisine on fanciful orange Le Cirque china to featuring the restaurant’s famous crème brûlée.
 
DECEMBER 8, 2010 U.S. Coast Guard gives Benkert Award to HAL for the line’s comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship. The award is given to members of the marine industry and recognizes outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go beyond mere compliance with regulatory standards.
 
MARCH 2, 2011 HAL launches an industry-first with Stateroom Direct Service that provides guests immediate access to their staterooms without waiting upon embarkation at 11:30 a.m.
 
APRIL 18, 2011 Holland America Line celebrates the 138th anniversary of its founding, marking more than a century of evolution from the once cargo and passenger line to the full-fledged modern cruise company of today.
 
APRIL 21, 2011 HAL rolls out of its new sustainable seafood program that implements environmentally responsible purchasing practices and features menus that showcase sustainable seafood. The trend-setting program is first launched on ships in Alaska and Europe.
 
APRIL 24, 2011 Maasdam completes stem-to-stern Signature of Excellence enhancements, including the Mix, Showroom at Sea, Canaletto restaurant, Lanai staterooms and additional verandah staterooms. Those enhancements bring the total investment in Signature of Excellence to $540 million.
 
SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 HAL opens a dedicated sales office in Sydney, Australia, to focus on this growing international market.
 
JANUARY 31, 2012 HAL surpasses the $3 million mark in funds raised for Susan G. Komen for the Cure through its On Deck for the Cure program.
 
FEBRUARY 17, 2012 Port of Seattle honors HAL as a Green Gateway Partner for its comprehensive environmental achievements, particularly in the areas of waste and emissions reduction.
 
OCTOBER 22, 2012 HAL debuts new alternative dining option “Taste of De Librije,” featuring the cuisine of Culinary Council member Jonnie Boer, on ms Rotterdam.
 
OCTOBER 26, 2012 HAL announces the future construction of a 99,000-ton, 2,660-guest premium cruise ship due in February 2016. The new class of vessel will be built at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
 
DECEMBER 2012 HAL marks the 15th anniversary of award-winning Half Moon Cay, the line’s highest-rated Caribbean port call. The line initially invested $16 million in the facility — which today is situated on approximately 50 acres — and developed it according to the guidelines of the International Chamber of Commerce Business Charter for Sustainable Development.
 
FEBRUARY 4, 2013 On Deck for a Cause — a new shipboard giving program that will benefit six international cancer organization in the United States, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom — rolls out across the HAL fleet. Approximately 500 On Deck for a Cause walks around the ships’ decks will take place each year on cruises worldwide.
 
FEBRUARY 16, 2013 HAL receives Alaska SeaLife Center’s 2013 Ocean Stewardship and Sustainability Award for its commitment to the environment and leadership in establishing practices to protect and sustain the waters where the line sails.
 
FEBRUARY 20, 2013 The first-ever “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” performance takes place on ms Eurodam. The dazzling show features celebrities and famed dance professionals as part of new entertainment programming that includes six special theme cruises focused on the hit TV show. Other activities during theme cruises feature a fashion show, photo and autograph sessions, a Q&A with the group, and dance instruction by shipboard dancers. Dance contests take place on all cruises in 2013 with top guest winners being selected to compete on a Champions Cruise sailing January 12, 2014.
 
MARCH 6, 2013 Holland America Line recognized for the second straight year as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics think-tank. The company was noted as implementing and maintaining upright business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to its success, while benefiting the community.
 
APRIL 18, 2013 Holland America Line celebrates the 140th anniversary of its founding, marking more than a century of evolution from the once cargo and passenger line to the full-fledged modern cruse company of today. To mark this occasion, a Holland America Line Signature Tulip was developed and grown. With the special tulips blooming, a christening ceremony was held at the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands on April 19.
 
MAY 8, 2013 Holland America Line reaches 1 million Facebook fans. The line’s Facebook page is a social media hub where fans can come together to get the latest news, get cruising advice, find information on specials, find fellow travelers on the Roll Call tab, share photos, enter contests and more.
 
MAY 13, 2013 Holland America Line rebrands its popular Alaska CruiseTour program with the new name Land+Sea Journeys. With more time in the marquee destinations and less overland travel time, the most significant program enhancement is a convenient one-hour flight that brings Fairbanks, Alaska, and Dawson City, Yukon, closer together.
 
OCTOBER 2, 2013 Holland America Line acquires McKinley Chalets Hotel to further develop the property to deliver the finest destination resort and experience in Alaska at Denali National Park.
 
NOVEMBER 18, 2013 Porthole Cruise Magazine names Half Moon Cay as the Best Private Island in the cruise industry for 13th year in row. 
 
NOVEMBER 25, 2013 Holland America Line continues its popular “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” program, bringing the excitement of the hit show “Dancing with the Stars” to all 15 ships throughout 2014. The schedule will continue to feature “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” programming on all sailings throughout the year, in addition to six special “Dancing with the Stars” theme cruises featuring the show’s professional dancers and celebrities. The program will again culminate with top guest winners being selected to compete on a Champions Cruise sailing December 6, 2014.
 
NOVEMBER 30, 2013 World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society members name Holland America Line as the Best Overall Cruise Value for the 21st consecutive year for its premium cruise experience.
 
JANUARY 12, 2014 Holland America Line holds its first-ever “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise onboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam. The Caribbean cruise featured 15 guest finalists and their professional shipboard dance partners performing and competing for guests, as well as dance pros and celebrities from the hit show “Dancing with the Stars.” The winning couple received Holland America Line’s “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea Mirror Ball Trophy” and title of the line’s first “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champion.       
 
FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Australian chef Mark Best joins the Holland America Line Culinary Council, established to enrich the line’s culinary initiatives and develop signature recipes to be featured on all 15 ships. Best joins Council Chairman and Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, and renowned international chefs David Burke, Jonnie Boer, Jacques Torres and Elizabeth Falkner.  
 
FEBRUARY 26, 2014 Holland America Line’s Master Chef’s Table dining experience developed by internationally renowned chef Rudi Sodamin earns the Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Dining Experience from Porthole Cruise Magazine.

Holland America Line has carried more than 11 million passengers throughout its history.

 

Updated 3-12-14

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Board Participation


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Holland America Line recognizes its executives for their contributions of time, talent and resources through their service on nonprofit and community boards.

  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
  • Auction of Washington Wines
  • Ballard Maritime Academy Steering Committee
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Catholic Seafarer’s Center Advisory Board
  • Center for Wooden Boats
  • Families of Early Autism Treatment
  • GSBA – Greater Seattle Business Association
  • Leadership Council for Legal Diversity
  • Pike Place Market Foundation
  • Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
  • Resource Development Council
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • Seattle Children's Theatre
  • Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • South Seattle Community College Advisory Board
  • The Steamer Virginia V Foundation
  • University of WA Accounting Development Fund Executive Committee
  • University of WA Foster School of Business Advisory Board
  • University of WA Global Business Advisory Board
  • US Coast Guard Foundation
  • WA State Bar Association's Law Clerk Board
  • Washington State University School of Hospitality Business Management Advisory Board
  • World Affairs Council
  • World Trade Center Seattle
  • YWCA Corporate/Foundation Partnership Committee

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Board Participation


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Holland America Line recognizes its executives for their contributions of time, talent and resources through their service on nonprofit and community boards.

  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
  • Auction of Washington Wines
  • Ballard Maritime Academy Steering Committee
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Catholic Seafarer’s Center Advisory Board
  • Center for Wooden Boats
  • Families of Early Autism Treatment
  • GSBA – Greater Seattle Business Association
  • Leadership Council for Legal Diversity
  • Pike Place Market Foundation
  • Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
  • Resource Development Council
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • Seattle Children's Theatre
  • Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • South Seattle Community College Advisory Board
  • The Steamer Virginia V Foundation
  • University of WA Accounting Development Fund Executive Committee
  • University of WA Foster School of Business Advisory Board
  • University of WA Global Business Advisory Board
  • US Coast Guard Foundation
  • WA State Bar Association's Law Clerk Board
  • Washington State University School of Hospitality Business Management Advisory Board
  • World Affairs Council
  • World Trade Center Seattle
  • YWCA Corporate/Foundation Partnership Committee

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Recent Beneficiaries


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Following is a partial list of organizations that have recently received contributions from Holland America Line.

Please note, with the exception of the Reduced-Fare Cruise Policy, contributions are made by invitation only and unsolicited requests are not accepted.

    NATIONAL



  • National Parks Conservation Association


    SEATTLE



  • Academy of Hospitality & Tourism
  • Alliance for Education
  • American Diabetes Association
  • ArtsFund
  • Ballard Maritime Academy
  • Bellevue Philharmonic
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of King County
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
  • Center for Wooden Boats
  • INTIMAN
  • Lake Washington Council Navy League of the United States
  • Museum of Flight
  • Northwest Women's Law Center
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Pike Place Market Foundation
  • PONCHO
  • Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Seafair
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Seattle Chinese Garden Society
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Seattle Maritime Festival
  • Seattle Men's Chorus
  • Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • Seattle Symphony
  • Seattle Theatre Group
  • United Way of King County
  • University of Washington Business School
  • Washington State Mentors
  • Women's Funding Alliance


    FORT LAUDERDALE



  • ALS Foundation
  • American Cancer Society
  • Broward Education Foundation
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami
  • Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
  • Red Cross of Broward County
  • Seafarers' House
  • Symphony of the Americas Society
  • United Way of Broward County


    TAMPA



  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Florida Orchestra
  • Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Foundation
  • St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa
  • Tampa Mayor's Beautification Program


    SAN DIEGO



  • Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council
  • Las Patronas
  • LEAD San Diego
  • The San Diego Foundation
  • San Diego Grantmakers
  • San Diego Maritime Museum
  • San Diego Opera
  • San Diego Performing Arts League
  • San Diego Symphony
  • San Diego Zoo
  • YMCA San Diego


    ALASKA



  • Alaska Bird Observatory
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Alaska Natural History Association
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Fairbanks Community Food Bank
  • Greater Sitka Arts Council
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hospice of the Tanana Valley
  • Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
  • Junior Achievement of Alaska
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute
  • Seward Senior Center
  • Sitka Trail Works
  • SYANA Performing Arts
  • United Way of Anchorage
  • University of Alaska Museum of the North


    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA



  • Arts Club Theatre Company
  • BC Lions Society for Children
  • Canuck Place Children's Hospice
  • University of British Columbia Hospital Foundation
  • Vancouver General Hospital
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra


    YUKON, CANADA



  • Alsek Music Festival
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Dawson City Music Festival
  • Dawson City Ski Association
  • Freedom Trails Therapeutic Riding Association
  • Yukon Arts Centre


    OTHER LOCATIONS



  • United Way of St. Thomas-St. John

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Sharing Resources


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Supporting Our Communities, Sharing Our Resources


Holland America Line's legacy of cruise travel is one of expanding minds and hearts with experiences of the many cultures that enrich our world. Both at home and abroad, we've been touched by people and places in ways that affirm our interconnectedness as a global community. And today, we're both pleased and honored to provide assistance to those in need around the world, as well as to give back to our neighbors.

Building on the extraordinary efforts of individual employees within our Holland America Line family, we've developed programs to reach a variety of organizations with aid, donations and service. From employee fundraising drives to cash and cruise donations to innovative philanthropic programs that each year invite the participation of 700,000 guests, we're working together to make a difference. And it's made our company stronger along the way.

Please read on for highlights of our charitable activities. We're excited about what we've accomplished and look forward to further developing our commitment to our communities-both near and far-in the years
to come.

Stein Kruse

President & Chief Executive Officer


Please take a moment and watch Sharing Our World.

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Reduced-Fare Cruise Policy


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Reduced-Fare Cruise Policy for
Nonprofit Fundraising Events


Holland America Line supports nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways, including cash donations, reduced-fare cruises, in-kind shipboard events, fundraising drives that involve our employees and guests, and the promotion of employee volunteer efforts. Through our Reduced-Fare Cruise Policy, we are pleased to offer a limited number of cruise certificates for two at a significantly reduced cost to nonprofit organizations in support of their fundraising events. A Holland America Line cruise is a valuable item that offers auction guests or raffle ticket buyers the opportunity to experience a luxurious cruise while supporting your charitable mission.

If approved, your organization will be offered the option to purchase one of the following reduced-fare cruise certificates for a minimum Ocean-view cabin for two guests:

  • Option A: Any Caribbean or Mexico cruise for two of up to 7 days at a reduced rate of $700, no expiration date; some restrictions apply (brochure prices range from $1,099 - $1,399 per person).
  • Option B: Any cruise for two of up to 7 days to Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada/New England at a reduced rate of $1,000, no expiration date; some restrictions apply (brochure prices range from $1,099 - $2,499 per person).
  • Option C: Any cruise for two of up to 10 days at a reduced rate of $1,300, no expiration date; some restrictions apply (brochure prices range from $1,699 to $ 3,999 per person).

Please note, brochure prices vary depending on destination and time of travel.

Holland America Line reserves the right to determine whether the organization will be offered cruise option A, B, or C, if any. Please note, the individuals who purchase the certificate from you via your fundraiser are responsible for all taxes, onboard charges and hotel service charges.

To apply for a reduced-fare cruise certificate, requesting nonprofits must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or non-US equivalent.
  • The organization must support environmental, health-related, cultural, arts, or maritime causes.

The following organizations and events are not eligible for a reduced-fare cruise certificate:

  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Religious organizations
  • Golf tournaments

Priority is given, but not limited, to organizations serving key port communities from which Holland America Line sails: Seattle, San Diego, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Vancouver, BC.

If your organization meets the above criteria, please e-mail a written request, including the following information, to Cruise Donation Program, giving@hollandamerica.com, Holland America Line, 300 Elliott Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119, Phone: 206-298-3043, Fax: 206-262-5934.

1. Complete contact information for the organization and individual making the request.
2. Brief statement of your organization's mission.
3. Name, date, and brief description of the fundraising event for which the cruise certificate will be used.
4. Estimated number and demographics of the event audience and guests.
5. Total amount that the event is expected to raise.
6. Description of any benefits available to event contributors, such as auction program ads, logo recognition on event collateral, etc.
7. The cruise certificate you would prefer.
8. If you have received a cruise certificate from us in the past, please let us know the date it was sold and how much money your organization raised from that certificate.
9. A copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter, if a U.S. organization. If located in Canada, please list your charitable I.D. number.

To allow time for processing, your request must be made at least 60 days in advance of your event/drawing, and we encourage even earlier submissions. All inquiries will receive a response.

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we regret that we are unable to fulfill all requests. Also, nonprofits must re-apply each year and may not be approved every year, even if they have received a certificate in the past.

Thank you for your interest in Holland America Line. We wish you the very best of luck with your fundraising efforts.

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Disaster Relief


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Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

Aided by the generous contributions of our employees and guests, Holland America Line has responded to international communities affected by natural disasters. In response to the devastating tsunami of December 2004 and August 2005's Hurricane Katrina, Holland America Line provided an opportunity for our employees and guests to assist the victims of those disasters, and those donations were matched by the company, resulting in contributions of $170,000 to the Indonesian Red Cross and $210,000 to the American Red Cross.

For years, Holland America Line has also been a strong supporter of the heroic work of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation.

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Employee Giving and Volunteerism


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Our employees provide a vital "helping hand" that enhances our community impact. For many Holland America Line staff, giving and volunteering is a way of life. Employee generosity and initiative continue to create positive change in our headquarters community of Seattle, and we gratefully acknowledge their contributions.

Many of our executives and employees serve on nonprofit boards, contributing their time, expertise and resources to a broad range of charitable causes. In addition, through company-sponsored events managed by an employee-run Community Service Committee, members of the Holland America Line family:

  • prepare and serve dinners to children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses (Ronald McDonald House);
  • conduct and participate in blood drives (Puget Sound Blood Center);
  • raise money by forming teams for bowling (Big Brothers Big Sisters) and hiking (American Lung Association);
  • organize and donate to coat and blanket collections for the homeless (Union Gospel Mission);
  • "adopt" families in need by providing holiday gifts and food (New Beginnings); and
  • collect toys for underprivileged children (Toys for Tots), among other endeavors.

Workplace giving by employees plus Holland America Line's corporate match places us among the top 25 companies that give to the United Way of King County.

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On Deck For A Cause


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Holland America Line and the Holland America Line Foundation continue to take the fight against cancer to the high seas with On Deck for a Cause, a non-competitive 5k fundraising walk on each sailing. This program, announced in February 2013, supports cancer organizations in North America, Europe and Australia: Cancer Council Australia, Canadian Cancer Society, Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid), KWF Kankerbestrijding (Dutch Cancer Society), Cancer Research UK and American Cancer Society.

“With this program Holland America Line supports the global fight against cancer,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “Giving back is part of the Holland America Line culture, and it’s gratifying to be able to support these incredible organizations in six countries where the majority of our guests live. This new program will help raise significant funds for cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.”

Guests of all ages are invited to donate $20 to the Holland America Line Foundation, with a minimum of 75 percent ($15) being distributed to the organizations. The remaining 25% will cover program and administrative expenses. On a day at sea, participants are invited to join in a 5k walk around the ship’s wide teak decks. Guests may walk less or not at all, as they prefer. Participants will also receive an On Deck for a Cause T-shirt and wristband, and a reception follows the walk. Depending on the ship, the distance to reach 5k ranges from nine to 12 laps.

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Giving Back to Our Communities


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The charitable activities of Holland America Line and the Holland America Line Foundation, particularly in our home port communities, are flourishing. Holland America Line contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in cash and in-kind shipboard events to a broad range of charitable organizations internationally, nationally, in our key home ports of Seattle, San Diego, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Vancouver, B.C, and via our six Community Advisory Boards in Canada's Yukon Territory and Alaska. We also provide hundreds of reduced-fare cruises annually to support charitable fundraising events throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2009, Holland America Line was ranked by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the 25 largest corporate philanthropists in the Puget Sound area.











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Sustainability


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Holland America Line's mission guides our business to deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests, care for our employees, remain stewards of the environment and operate in partnership with the people and organizations in the communities in which we do business. Like many other companies today, we are adapting to the current economy and will continue to manage our resources carefully while enhancing our product in ways which delight our guests and sustain our business.

View the Sustainability 2010 - 2012 report
Our second sustainability report provides baseline information for our performance during the years 2010 to 2012. The report covers all of Holland America Line's operations, using the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3.1 Guidelines as a framework.

View the Sustainability 2009 report
Our first sustainability report provides baseline information for our performance during the years 2007 to 2009. The report covers all of Holland America Line's operations, using the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3 Guidelines as a framework.

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Our Marvelous Oceans


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In collaboration with the Marine Conservation Institute – a national and globally focused nonprofit organization based in Washington State dedicated to maintaining healthy, living oceans – Holland America Line will debut an in-stateroom video series onboard all its 15 cruise ships highlighting the importance of ocean conservation.

Titled “Our Marvelous Oceans,” the series was developed to educate Holland America Line guests on important marine conservation issues and feature topics that relate to the oceans around them, including sustainable seafood and important ocean conservation issues in key Holland America Line cruising regions, protecting ocean life, destructive fishing practices, climate change, and Holland America Line’s environmental protection efforts.

The video series is an extension of “Our Marvelous Oceans,” a three-year program announced in 2010 that commits to the exclusive use of sustainably-sourced seafood on Holland America Line’s menus, guest and staff education, and support for critical marine conservation biology research.

Ocean Wonder
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5:15 This video introduces the partnership between Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Institute and describes the importance of the oceans as a resource and how oceans are under threat.
Partnership
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0:56 Introducing the partnership between Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Institute and introduces Marine Conservation Institute to the guests.
Life Support System
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0:32 Describes how the oceans are the life support system of the planet, providing nourishment, the air we breathe and regulating the climate.
Puget Sound
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0:56 Describes Puget Sound as a rich and valuable marine resource.
MPAs
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0:41 Introduces Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Papahanaumokuakea
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1:00 The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii.
Sustainable Seafood
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0:42 Holland America Line's sustainable seafood program and encourages guest to make wise seafood choices.
Destructive Fishing
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0:52 Introduces destructive fishing practices and urges protection for the oceans.
CO2
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0:53 how oceans are affected by climate change and describes Holland America Line's efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Mediterranean Sea
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0:59 Discusses the Mediterranean Sea and Mediterranean seafood.
Whales
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1:06 Whales found on the West Coast of
the United States and introduces Holland America Line's Whale Strike Avoidance program.
Coral Reefs
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0:47 Caribbean coral reefs and encourages snorkelers and divers not to touch them while in the water.
Ocean Areas
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0:42 This video describes the need for protection of ocean resources.
Turtles and Trash
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0:48 This video encourages people to properly recycle plastic bags since sea turtles fatally mistake them for jellyfish.

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Alliances


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Holland America Line, the highest-rated premium cruise line in the world in the 2002 and 2003 Travel & Leisure magazine "World Best" awards, is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance. This alliance includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Costa Cruises. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, the member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

Learn more about the program at: http://www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com

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Shipboard Employment


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Scam Alert

Holland America Line has been made aware of fraudulent entities around the world claiming to represent Holland America Lines’ Human Resources department. We are working with our legal department in an effort to stop these activities.

Only the Hiring Partners listed here are authorized to provide recruitment and placement services for Holland America Line:

  • Viking Recruitment Limited
  • United Philippine Lines, Inc. (UPL)
  • PT Sumber Bakat Insani (SBI)
  • Bibby Ship Management (India) Private Limited


Welcome On Board

Every day, thousands of Holland America Line guests hear this warm greeting as they board our ships. This phrase represents the spirit that inspires our entire company, Holland America Line. There may be more than one thousand job titles at Holland America Line, but all of us have the same goal - to be the world's best hosts.

Thank you for your interest in shipboard employment with Holland America Line.

Hotel Officers


Candidates desiring employment as Hotels Officers should click here for more information.

Deck, Engine, and Hotel Personnel

 


Candidates desiring employment in the Hotel, or Deck and Engine Departments on board the ships should visit http://www.holland-america.nl for more information.

Entertainment


Persons desiring employment in the Entertainment Department on board the ships should visit www.hollandamerica.com/entertainment. Entertainment positions include Cast, Guest Entertainer, Technician, Musician, Clergy, Cruise Director, Youth Staff, Guest Speaker and more.

Medical Operations: Physicians/Nurses


Persons desiring employment with the Medical Staff on board the ships may send a resume to the following address:
Holland America Line
Attn: Fleet Medical Operations
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119
Or email Amanda Langan and Candace Frieboes at Medical_Resume@HollandAmerica.com

For more information, please contact Fleet Medical Operations at 206-298-3071 OR 206-626-7335.

Other Positions


For employment within the Gift Shops, Photography Department, Casino or Beauty Salon / Spa, please contact the following companies:

Gift Shops


Starboard Cruise Services, Inc.
Doral Concourse 8400 NW 36th St. Suite 600
Miami, FL 33126
Ph: 786-845-7300
Fax: 786-845-1119
www.starboardcruise.com


Casino


Carnival Corporation
Ph: 305-406-4830
www.oceancasinojobs.com

Port & Shopping Ambassadors


The PPI Group
Attn: Recruiter
4517 NW 31st Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954-377-7777
Fax: 954-377-7000
shipboardemployment@ppigroup.com
www.ppigroup.com

Salon / Spa


Steiner Training Ltd. (UK Office)
Attn: Jan Green, Administration Mgr.
The Lodge
92 Uxbridge Road
Harrow Weald
Middix HA3 6BZ
United Kingdom
Ph: +44 2089 095016
JanG@onespaworld.com
www.onespaworld.com

Photography:


Ocean Images Photography
Recruiting for Ocean Images: Shipboard Services
12-14 David Place
St. Helier, Jersey, British Channel Islands, JE2 4TD.
Tel: +44 (0)1794 341818
www.ocean-images.com
jobs@shipboard-services.com




































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Shipboard Employment


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Scam Alert

Holland America Line has been made aware of fraudulent entities around the world claiming to represent Holland America Lines’ Human Resources department. We are working with our legal department in an effort to stop these activities.

Only the Hiring Partners listed here are authorized to provide recruitment and placement services for Holland America Line:

  • Viking Recruitment Limited
  • United Philippine Lines, Inc. (UPL)
  • PT Sumber Bakat Insani (SBI)
  • Bibby Ship Management (India) Private Limited


Welcome On Board

Every day, thousands of Holland America Line guests hear this warm greeting as they board our ships. This phrase represents the spirit that inspires our entire company, Holland America Line. There may be more than one thousand job titles at Holland America Line, but all of us have the same goal - to be the world's best hosts.

Thank you for your interest in shipboard employment with Holland America Line.

Hotel Officers


Candidates desiring employment as Hotels Officers should click here for more information.

Deck, Engine, and Hotel Personnel

 


Candidates desiring employment in the Hotel, or Deck and Engine Departments on board the ships should visit http://www.holland-america.nl for more information.

Entertainment


Persons desiring employment in the Entertainment Department on board the ships should visit www.hollandamerica.com/entertainment. Entertainment positions include Cast, Guest Entertainer, Technician, Musician, Clergy, Cruise Director, Youth Staff, Guest Speaker and more.

Medical Operations: Physicians/Nurses


Persons desiring employment with the Medical Staff on board the ships may send a resume to the following address:
Holland America Line
Attn: Fleet Medical Operations
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119
Or email Amanda Langan and Candace Frieboes at Medical_Resume@HollandAmerica.com

For more information, please contact Fleet Medical Operations at 206-298-3071 OR 206-626-7335.

Other Positions


For employment within the Gift Shops, Photography Department, Casino or Beauty Salon / Spa, please contact the following companies:

Gift Shops


Starboard Cruise Services, Inc.
Doral Concourse 8400 NW 36th St. Suite 600
Miami, FL 33126
Ph: 786-845-7300
Fax: 786-845-1119
www.starboardcruise.com


Casino


Carnival Corporation
Ph: 305-406-4830
www.oceancasinojobs.com

Port & Shopping Ambassadors


The PPI Group
Attn: Recruiter
4517 NW 31st Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954-377-7777
Fax: 954-377-7000
shipboardemployment@ppigroup.com
www.ppigroup.com

Salon / Spa


Steiner Training Ltd. (UK Office)
Attn: Jan Green, Administration Mgr.
The Lodge
92 Uxbridge Road
Harrow Weald
Middix HA3 6BZ
United Kingdom
Ph: +44 2089 095016
JanG@onespaworld.com
www.onespaworld.com

Photography:


Ocean Images Photography
Recruiting for Ocean Images: Shipboard Services
12-14 David Place
St. Helier, Jersey, British Channel Islands, JE2 4TD.
Tel: +44 (0)1794 341818
www.ocean-images.com
jobs@shipboard-services.com




































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Land-Based Employment


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Holland America Line’s Shoreside Campus is located in the beautiful City of Seattle, on the Elliott Bay waterfront just a short distance from downtown. Our Corporate Team consists of 1,200 professionals who support over 14,000 employees working aboard our ships. We have opportunities in Customer Service/Call Center, IT, Accounting, Human Resources, Marine Operations, Sales & Marketing, and other corporate departments.

Interested in applying for an opening? Click here for current job openings: Career Center or

Join our Talent Community to get notified about new jobs that match you, and let Holland America Line know you’re interested: Holland America Line Talent Community