First World Cruise

Holland America Line’s first world cruise sails on board Statendam IV. This 110-day voyage begins in New York City, calling on Africa, India, Asia, Hawaii and the Pacific Coast before traversing the Panama Canal en route back to New York.

Three Funnel Liner, Statendam III

1929: Holland America Line’s first three-funnel liner, Statendam III, makes her debut. She quickly becomes known as the “Queen of the Spotless Fleet” due to the company’s reputation for tidy ships and healthy passengers.

Pleasure Cruise

1910: Holland America Line’s 10,500-ton Statendam I departs New York for the Mediterranean and the Holy Land on the company’s first-ever “pleasure cruise.”

Rotterdam I, 1872

The fledgling company’s Rotterdam I sails her maiden voyage and first transatlantic cruise under the command of Captain Jacob Hus. She departs Rotterdam for Plymouth, England, before completing her journey across the Atlantic to New York.