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HAL’s ‘Memorable Crossings’ Story Writing Contest

Holland America Line is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its evolution from a traditional trans-Atlantic crossing company to one dedicated to premium vacation cruising with a “Memorable Crossings” story writing contest. The line is looking for moving and memorable tales that center around a Holland America Line trans-Atlantic crossing.

Entrants are encouraged to submit first-hand accounts or stories told to them by family members or friends who have sailed an unforgettable Holland America trans-Atlantic voyage. Whether adventurous, heart-warming or humorous, the entrant whose story earns the most accolades for its emotional impact, originality and creativity will win a cruise for two on the 2011 nine-day “Classic Crossings” aboard ms Rotterdam.

One entrant from North America will win a stateroom on the July 12 trans-Atlantic departure that sails to Rotterdam from New York with a call at Cobh (Cork), Ireland, a time-honored stop on crossings of the past. This sailing follows a nine-day voyage that departs Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 3, 2011 and calls at the traditional crossing departure port of Southampton, England, before heading across the Atlantic to New York.

The contest runs through March 15, 2011. A panel of judges appointed by Holland America Line, including President and CEO Stein Kruse, will select the winner, who will be announced by April 11, 2011. To enter the contest and access the complete official rules and details, visit Good luck!

ss Rotterdam at sea. Historical photos provided by Aad Hoogester.

ss Rotterdam (in front) and ss Nieuw Amsterdam at port in Rotterdam.

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