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  • Post: Holland America Becomes First Cruise Line Certified Sustainable for Alaska Seafood by Responsible Fisheries Management
    Published On: Sep 06, 2022|Categories: Awards, What's New|Views: 624|
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    Holland America Line has been awarded Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification—making it the first cruise line to achieve this distinguished credential by serving only fresh, certified sustainable and traceable wild Alaska seafood. RFM certified all six of the cruise line’s ships that sail to Alaska following an independent audit. “Holland America Line has shared Alaska adventures with our guests ...

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  • Post: Volendam Concludes Charter in Rotterdam and Prepares to Cruise
    Published On: Sep 14, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 330|
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    Holland America Line’s Volendam departed Rotterdam today, completing a charter with the city and the government of the Netherlands that began in April. For the past six months, the ship has been home to families from Ukraine who fled the war there. Over the past several weeks, the families have been resettling with relatives or moving to more permanent accommodations ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line is the Official Cruise Line of Washington Athletics
    Published On: Sep 09, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 296|
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    In a multi-year sponsorship agreement that coincides with the 2022-2023 football season, Holland America Line will serve as the "Official Cruise Line of Husky Athletics" for University of Washington Athletics. This marks Holland America Line's first foray into college sports and establishes an ideal relationship for two of Seattle's iconic brands. As Seattle's Hometown Cruise Line, the new relationship pairs ...

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  • Post: The Best Shore Excursions for Book Lovers
    Published On: Aug 09, 2022|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 188|
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    Today is International Book Lovers day, and while a cruise is the perfect vacation to catch up on a good book lounging on deck overlooking the sea, it's also the ideal way to explore the homes, birthplaces and locales of your favorite author or book. From Prince Edward Island and the home of Anne of Green Gables to Isla Robinson ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Number-One in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards
    Published On: Jul 25, 2022|Categories: Awards, What's New|Views: 405|
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    Holland America Line took home three USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards: winner in the categories of Best Ship for Dining and Best Mid-Sized Cruise Ship, and second for Best Ocean Cruise Line. USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards highlight the best of the best in contests covering categories such as destinations, food and drink, hotels and things to do. ...

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  • Post: Three New Dishes By Chef Ethan Stowell Showcase Commitment to Wild, Sustainable Alaska Seafood
    Published On: Jul 07, 2022|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 559|
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    Holland America Line is debuting three new dishes from Culinary Council Member Chef Ethan Stowell that were developed in alliance with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). The partnership between the two organizations is a shared commitment to serving sustainably sourced Alaska seafood on all six of our ships that sail to the Great Land. This is the first formal ...

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  • Post: How Are We Celebrating 75 Years of Love for Alaska This Season?
    Published On: May 09, 2022|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 252|
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    This season in Alaska, Holland America Line is celebrating 75 years of exploring the Great Land. That is longer than it's been a state! We have an exciting season packed with special events, amazing programming and a strong focus on immersing our guests in Alaska culture, lifestyle and cuisine through authentic experiences on board and ashore. Guests won’t just cruise ...

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  • Post: Rotterdam Departs Amsterdam on Her Maiden Voyage
    Published On: Oct 21, 2021|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 328|
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    Yesterday, our new Rotterdam departed on her maiden voyage! The ship's arrival has been long-awaited, and we are excited that she's finally underway! The milestone was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and fanfare at the terminal as guests embarked. Guests Rick Encarnacion and Ernest Schenk cut the ribbon to open boarding, surrounded by (from left) Entertainment Director Phillip Morgaman, Captain ...

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  • Post: Learn to Cook Like a Local on These Five Hands-On Culinary Shore Excursions
    Published On: Sep 24, 2021|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 210|

    Tomorrow is #NationalCookingDay, and the world’s most renowned gastronomic hot spots can be discovered on a Holland America Line cruise. What better way to immerse yourself in a new destination than with an authentic culinary tour and hands-on cooking experience. Explore food, wine and culture on an amazing culinary-themed shore excursion in partnership with FOOD & WINE magazine, or on ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Updates ‘Navigator’ Mobile Device App
    Published On: Jun 23, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 2604|

    The Holland America Line Navigator App is an indispensable tool for cruise planning, embarkation, managing the onboard experience and booking shore excursions. We recently enhanced the app to add new functions and features to make the cruise experience even easier using your mobile device. What hasn't changed is that during the cruise, guests can plan daily activities, explore shore excursions ...

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  • Post: Sea of Glamour: Guest Spotlight on Kandes Bregman
    Published On: Mar 23, 2021|Categories: Life on Board, What's New|Views: 151|
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    Paul Thornton, author of “The Joy of Cruising”, has a new book out called “Cruising Interrupted”, and in it he features Holland America Line guest Kandes Bregman. Paul and Kandes have granted us permission to share an excerpt of Kandes' chapter to give a glimpse into her passion for cruising and Holland America Line. Enjoy the segment, and then be ...

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  • Post: Celebrate the Arrival of Spring With These Five Off-The-Beaten-Path Garden Tours
    Published On: Mar 19, 2021|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 184|
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    Spring has sprung, and in many parts of the world flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and temperatures are rising. We know this isn't the case for everyone! There's still snow on the ground in some locales, and others are seeing summer weather. But tomorrow is officially the first day of spring, and we're celebrating the start of a new ...

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  • Post: Meet Some of Our Amazing Female Team Members This International Women’s Day
    Published On: Mar 08, 2021|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 309|
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    International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women. It's also a day to rally for women's equality. Did you know, National Women's Day began in 1908 and the first gathering for International Women's Day occurred in 1911? Campaign themes over the years have included: #EachforEqual, #BalanceforBetter, #PressforProgress, #BeBoldforChange, #PledgeforParity, #MakeItHappen, #TheGenderAgenda and more. The campaign theme ...

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  • Post: World Wildlife Day: These Top 5 Tours Offer Incredible Animal Experiences
    Published On: Mar 03, 2021|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 215|
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    March 3 is designated World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. On any Holland America Line cruise, shore excursions showcase regional wildlife and flora in a variety of ways. From a natural encounter in the wild to visiting a sanctuary for rescued animals, guests seeking interactions can cuddle koala or hike thorough ...

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  • Post: Senior Staff Officers Bring More Than 80 Years of Experience to Rotterdam
    Published On: Feb 09, 2021|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 599|
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    Holland America Line has a history that spans nearly 150 years, and with that comes a depth of talented crew who will be aboard Rotterdam when the ship is delivered in July. The cruise line has appointed Staff Captain Kevin Beirnaert, Hotel Director Wessel van Oorschot, Chief Engineer Peter Massolt, Staff Chief Engineer Wim Akkerman and Environmental Officer Michael Brown ...

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  • Post: Meet the Five Cancer Organizations Supported By ‘On Deck for a Cause’
    Published On: Feb 04, 2021|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 229|
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    In honor of World Cancer Day, Holland America Line is proud to introduce you to the five cancer organizations that benefit from our "On Deck for a Cause" program. When we are cruising, On Deck for a Cause invites guests to participate in a noncompetitive 5k fundraising walk on every sailing aboard each of our ships, with proceeds distributed among ...

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  • Post: Gus Antorcha Named President of Holland America Line
    Published On: Jul 09, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1339|

    Holland America Line announced today the appointment of Gustavo (Gus) Antorcha as president of the cruise line. Antorcha joins the company effective immediately from sister brand Carnival Cruise Line, where he has served as chief operating officer. “We are fortunate to welcome Gus to the Holland America Line team for a new chapter at our brand,” said Stein Kruse, Group ...

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  • Post: Updated Statement Regarding Westerdam
    Published On: Feb 06, 2020|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 1077|

    Update: 3/4/2020 4 pm Pacific Time Holland America Line has consistently stated there was no evidence or indication of any cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on Westerdam. All guests and crew have been reported clear of COVID-19. We believe the one “positive” result was a false-positive, as repeated testing of the guest have been negative and not a ...

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  • Post: Fact & Lore of Half Moon Cay: The History
    Published On: Jul 30, 2018|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 1063|

    Half Moon Cay is Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas. Know for its pristine beaches, abundance of family-friendly activities, private villas and cabanas, and unparalleled beauty, there’s a reason why it’s our most popular port in the Caribbean. This series of “Fact & Lore” blog posts about Half Moon Cay takes you deeper into the island’s history, ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Expands Denali Experience with New Guest Accommodations Featuring Junior Suites
    Published On: Jan 29, 2018|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 404|

    Holland America Line is expanding the guest experience on its award-winning Alaska Land+Sea Journeys with the addition of new guest accommodations at its Denali operation. The 99-room addition will feature the first-ever junior suites at the resort and is expected to be open for the 2019 summer Alaska cruise season. The 55 new junior suites will showcase balconies, larger living ...

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  • Post: HAL Wins Eight Porthole Cruise Magazine 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards
    Published On: Nov 07, 2017|Categories: Activities, Shore Excursions|Views: 144|

    Holland America Line dominated Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards with eight honors. Readers from Porthole, one of the world’s leading consumer cruise travel publications, recognized Holland America Line in areas that covered everything from destinations to onboard and shoreside experiences. The awards include Best Canada/New England and Northern Europe Itineraries; Best Shore Excursions; Best Spa Facilities; Most Eco-Friendly ...

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  • Post: Giddy Up For These Exciting Equestrian Shore Excursions Around the World
    Published On: Mar 11, 2016|Categories: Activities, Tours & Land Programs|Views: 175|

    Call all horse-lovers and those who just seek an adventure! Saddle up for a gallop across the globe! From the warm beaches of the Caribbean to breathtaking mountains of Iceland, Holland America Line offers many shore excursions for cruisers to go horseback riding. Whether you’re a cowboy, cowgirl or just someone looking for a little excitment, “tack up” and hold ...

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  • Post: Better Together: Savor the Perks of a Group Cruise With Holland America Line
    Published On: Feb 19, 2016|Categories: Booking, Cruise Planning|Views: 635|

    At Holland America Line we believe cruising is better together, and a group cruise is the perfect way to elevate your time onboard. Whether it’s a group of friends, family or coworkers, and whether you call them your crew, your squad or your entourage, there are plenty of perks to traveling with them … and you can start to enjoy ...

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  • Post: Meet Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford
    Published On: Jul 15, 2015|Categories: Industry, What's New|Views: 325|

    Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford has spent his working life leading human resources teams for various companies, so it’s not surprising to hear him say, “People are our most important asset.” How Ashford intends to leverage employees’ strengths to propel Holland America Line into the future is the topic of an interview he conducted recently with Seatrade Cruise News. ...

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  • Post: Holland America Line Transfers Make Getting To and From Your Ship Easy
    Published On: Jul 09, 2015|Categories: Cruise Planning, Preparations|Views: 3582|

    Thanks to Erik Tomren, senior specialist of hotel & tour management at Holland America Line, who wrote this post in collaboration with Danielle Rosenow, manager of hotel & tour management, to inform readers about the transfer services for guests that are offered to/from the ship. ------ A Holland America Line cruise is an exciting adventure, and part of the appeal ...

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  • Post: A Dream Trip to the Galapagos Islands
    Published On: Aug 01, 2013|Categories: Travel Inspiration, Where to Travel|Views: 354|

    The Galapagos Islands are composed of 120 volcanic islands. Their extreme isolation has led to some pretty interesting animal species, and Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Shore Excursion Manager Judy Hu dreamed of visiting the island for years. That dream became reality when she led the Galapagos Overland Adventure shore excursion during a 2012 South America Grand Voyage. The reason ...

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  • Post: New Pool Table for Eurodam’s Crew
    Published On: May 25, 2012|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 330|

    Here are pictures of the latest addition to Eurodam's Crew Bar -- a new pool table! We received the final pieces upon our arrival to Madeira. The first game and table commissioning was hosted by Captain Jeroen van Donselaar and Assistant Culinary Operations Manager Paul Kerr. Since the commissioning it has been non-stop games! The movement of the ship has ...

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  • Post: Eurodam Crew Tour Bacardi Rum Factory
    Published On: Feb 15, 2011|Categories: Ship Crew, What's New|Views: 338|

    Recently during a call to San Juan, Puerto Rico, some of our talented beverage personnel took a tour out to the Bacardi Rum factory during the San Juan City Tour and Bacardi Distillery excursion. They toured inside the distillery and learned some informative facts about the history of rum and other rum production details. All who participated found it very ...

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  • Post: Thanksgiving Day Around the Fleet
    Published On: Nov 29, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 206|

    Here are some scenes from Thanksgiving Day celebrations throughout the HAL fleet. Enjoy! Amsterdam’s Culinary Operations Manager Bart Groeneveld submitted these photos from the ship’s on board festivities: …

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  • Post: Fun and Tradition When ‘Crossing the Line’
    Published On: Jul 21, 2010|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 287|

    The Westerdam crossed the equator at 10:08 a.m. (one hour past GMT) and commemorated the special event with a “Crossing the Line” ceremony. To a completely packed Lido aft deck, the Westerdam ‘troop’ translated the event in German for our guests and made this a very festive and playful occasion for all! It was a hit! ‘Pirates’ and ‘doctors’ all ...

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  • Post: Merabella: Fine Jewelry, Fine Service
    Published On: May 05, 2009|Categories: Fleet Features, What's New|Views: 257|

    Merabella is a new fine jewelry shop just installed on Veendam during the Signature of Excellence Phase 2 dry-dock. Shop manager Matt Gibson explained that the Merabella experience is about finding a unique piece of jewelry and that the intimate space can be used for private showings and guests can join him over champagne and caviar to look at the ...

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  • Post: Celebrating Easter on Rotterdam
    Published On: Apr 14, 2009|Categories: Activities, Life on Board|Views: 139|

    We were at sea and celebrated Easter with a Grand Show Buffet in the Dining Room Lower level during this Grand World Voyage. Of course, it wouldn't be Easter without some Easter bunnies. The Rotterdam dinning room team really got into the mood of the holiday. Komang Sumartha is Rotterdam's assistant dining manager.

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