News Release: Seattle’s Mayor Proclaims Friday, May 20, ‘Seattle’s Hometown Cruise Line Day’ in Honor of Holland America Line

Seattle’s Mayor Proclaims Friday, May 20, ‘Seattle’s Hometown Cruise Line Day’ in Honor of Holland America Line

Proclamation recognizes the company’s contributions to local and state economies

Seattle, Wash., May 20, 2016 — In recognition of Holland America Line’s more than 30-year history in the city and its contributions to the local and Washington state economies, Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray issued a proclamation naming today “Seattle’s Hometown Cruise Line Day.” The proclamation also marks the official dedication ceremony for Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship, ms Koningsdam, which was named in Rotterdam today by Her Majesty Queen Máxíma of the Netherlands.

In his proclamation, Murray noted that Holland America Line employs more than 1,000 people at its Seattle headquarters, and in 2016 the company expects to contribute $389 million to the Seattle economy and $547 million statewide. Holland America Line works with more than 600 Washington vendors, from food and beverage suppliers to piano tuners, office supply stores and marine suppliers. Specifically, Koningsdam features Northwest cuisine and products, including items from Seattle-area companies Chateau Ste. Michelle, Elliot Bay Books, Microsoft and Case Marine.

“We are so honored that Mayor Murray declared today ‘Seattle’s Hometown Cruise Line Day’ in recognition of the contributions Holland America Line makes in Seattle and at the state level,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Today marks a proud day for Holland America Line with the official dedication of our newest ship, Koningsdam, by Her Majesty Queen Máxíma of the Netherlands, and to add this proclamation makes it all the more exciting and memorable. May 20 will be a special day for years to come.”

Holland America Line has been headquartered in Seattle for more than three decades, and its ships have been sailing from the Port of Seattle since the 1970s. Approximately 30,000 Washington residents sail on Holland America Line ships annually, and more than 86,000 guests will be welcomed to Seattle in 2016 on a Holland America cruise.

The proclamation also credits Holland America Line with actively giving back to its local community and Washington state. In the Seattle area, it supports dozens of organizations such as Auction of Washington Wines, Northwest Harvest, Pike Place Market Foundation, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Men’s & Women’s Chorus, Seattle Theatre Group and the University of Washington. Eighteen of the company’s executives currently serve on 24 boards of directors of local nonprofit organizations.

Holland America Line is also a sponsor of the Seattle Mariners, and the collaboration includes “Holland America Line Ks for Kids” program where strikeouts earn a donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital. The company is also the presenting sponsor of the “Salute to Those Who Serve” program honoring the men and women of the United States Military.

For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

Editor’s note: Photos of Koningsdam dedication ceremonies are available at


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