A Special Mother’s Day Post: Stories of Taking a Holland America Line Cruise With Mom

A Special Mother’s Day Post: Stories of Taking a Holland America Line Cruise With Mom

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and it’s the perfect day to celebrate the special mom or mother-figure in your life! At Holland America Line, we believe that travel brings us closer – not only to the places we visit but also to the people we travel with. We asked our Facebook fans to share some cruising memories with us, and we received some heartfelt and wonderful stories from our guests. Thank you to everyone who sent in their photos and comments! Read a few of the stories that share why cruising with mom is a special and memorable adventure.

Carol Hoffman and her mom.

Carol Hoffman and her mom.

My mom and I enjoyed two Alaskan cruises on Holland America Line before she passed away at 63 of ALS. Cruising was an amazing way for her to see the things she wanted to see before the end of her life and we relished every minute together. The staff at HAL was so incredible with her, and us. I’m incredibly grateful for the memories. – Carol Hoffman, left

Cheers to this absolutely beautiful mama of mine! We have been on many cruises together but this one was ‘extra’ special! We laughed so hard (with Aunt Sandy) on our many wild adventures through Alaska and on this gorgeous ship. Thanks for an absolutely wonderful time Holland America! Looking forward to many more beautiful memories! — Geneva Hayes (seen above in the main photo)

My mom and I loved cruising on Holland America. Our favorite was Veendam and then Prinsendam. Our last cruise together was England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. At that time my mom had inoperable cancer but wanted one more cruise. So off we went on Prinsendam. The staff was amazing in their support and care of her. We enjoyed it so much together because of it. A week after we were home she passed away in her sleep. She had completed her bucket list thanks to the quality care of Holland America Line. – Susan Elliott

Sheila Farrell and her mom.

Sheila Farrell and her mom.

My mother and I have enjoyed several cruises together on Holland America Line. Our most recent cruise together was the Holy Land cruise which was amazing! Here we are at the Sea of Galilee. Thanks for helping us to create such wonderful memories — Sheila Farrell, right

We had an amazing time with our mom on the Alaskan cruise last September! Mom is going to be 92 years young this June! The scenery was something we will never forget and the time spent together was something that I will cherish forever! — Debbie Starling

Momma and I smiled to Alaska on the Amsterdam in 2016. Holland America treated mom like a queen and she bragged to everyone about the cruise line, service, and our room stewards. It was her very first cruise and she loved it. Thank you so much for the memories. — Mary Ann Wilks

Mom and I started cruising together after my dad passed away. The first was a partial Panama Canal, then the Mediterranean, Alaska, Southern Caribbean, Canada/New England, Bermuda, British Isles and Western Caribbean. Next up a westbound transatlantic on Nieuw Statendam. She will be 87 this year. I am blessed to have her healthy and willing to go see new places on our favorite DAM ships. – Susan Coret

Darryl Snook and his mom.

Darryl Snook and his mom.

Here’s my mom and I in Saint Thomas in Nov 2018. As her partner is not much into travel, we have been on three cruises so far. There’s always something for each of us to do, and it’s always good memories and a fun time! — Darryl Snook, left

My mom loved to cruise on Holland America Line with her friends from high school. I was always upset I did not get to go, so she got us a short five-day cruise on Carnival. I was hooked from then on, however still wanted to go on HAL. I found a 15-day over Thanksgiving about four years ago. We both loved the cruise and now I was definitely hooked. We booked a 9-day on the Koningsdam in 2016. She however was unable to go due to her health and left us in July 2017. Mom and I loved to cruise together and now I’ve got my brother into cruising. She is greatly missed. — Kimberly Starling

November 2018. It was my mother’s 86th birthday and your wonderful staff on Half Moon Cay decorated our cabana to help her celebrate! We just completed an 18-day Hawaii cruise, and are headed back to the Caribbean in November! Love you guys! — Cyndie Wellman

Diane O'Hara Steineder, along with her mom and family.

Diane O’Hara Steineder, along with her mom and family.

A May 2018 Holland America Line cruise with mom and lots of family. This was a hike in Seward, Alaska, the first stop of our land tour. — Diane O’Hara Steineder, right

I have been lucky to have taken quite a few trips with Holland America Line and my Mom. This photo is from September 2018 in Alaska. From there we sailed to Panama Canal. Love it. South Pacific in a few months! — Dena Moonen

My mom and dad introduced us to Holland America. My mother had emphysema and the only way the doctor would let her travel was by ship. They had over 100,000 miles sailing on Holland (including a 120-day around-the-world cruise). Our first cruise we met them at the entryway to the Statendam, them returning from the 16-day Hawaii turnaround and us joining for the next week cruising the Mexican Rivera. The crew members welcomed us aboard telling us how much they loved my parents. They introduced us to the hotel manager who was their friend and joined him for a wonderful dinner in his suite. Our experience was very special due to the wonderful Statendam team and seeing how happy my mom was sailing the seas. On one Panama Canal cruise, the ship broke down near Mexico and everyone had to get off and fly home, except my parents since mom wasn’t allowed to fly. The crew treated them like royalty as they continued on to San Diego, baking her a Mother’s Day cake, serving them still in the dining room and even still doing the big stage show just for the two of them. Now that’s guest service!! That Mexico cruise led to more Holland cruises for us. We bid a farewell to Mom in 2004 by cruising the West Coast from San Diego to Vancouver, staying in a suite on the concierge level, and toasting her as we put some of her ashes in the Pacific so she would cruise evermore. We just returned from a two-week cruise to the Caribbean on Nieuw Statendam, which brought back memories of both my parents who have passed. We made friends with the crew members, had a marvelous time and enjoyed the new beauty in Holland America Line just like mom and dad did when they first sailed years earlier. We are looking forward to another cruise, possibly a reposition one and then another Collectors’ Voyage when we retire and sail round-trip from San Diego to Hawaii and then the Mexican Rivera. Thank you Holland America for providing a way for mom to see the world despite her health issues, even from her wheelchair in later years. — Kristen Wilson Smith

Michelle Knox's mom cruises in spirit.

Michelle Knox’s mom cruises in spirit.

A few years ago we were talking about doing an Alaskan Cruise. My Mother chimed in and said she was going also. She decided she was going to take all eight of her children and spouses. Plans were made for July 14, 2018, and all the balcony rooms booked. Unfortunately the day after Mother’s Day in 2017 she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and passed away in August. Even though she couldn’t personally travel with us her memory still went with us. We had these made up and wore them on the cruise. I know she was smiling down on us. She goes with me everywhere now because I have one of these on my purse. Don’t want her to miss out on anything. — Michelle Knox, left

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year? If you want to go on a cruise with your mom, surprise her with a new Holland America Line gift card, and start making memories together!


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