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Rotterdam TV Crew Onboard for Historic Sail-Away

On July 3, ms Rotterdam departed the port of Rotterdam bound for New York City on an historic crossing designed to commemorate Holland America Line’s 40th anniversary of the transition from offering regular trans-Atlantic crossings to becoming entirely dedicated to pleasure cruising. A Rotterdam-based television crew was on-board filming for their local show. Special guests…   read more of “Rotterdam TV Crew…”

Rotterdam Sails Commemorative Crossing

Rotterdam Sails Commemorative Crossing

July 3 was a special day for Holland America Line and the port of Rotterdam. For the second time this year the flagship ms Rotterdam was berthed together with fleet-mate ms Ryndam at the famous Wilhelminakade. What made it more special was that ms Rotterdam was preparing for a special trans-Atlantic voyage to New York…   read more of “Rotterdam Sails…”

Essay Contest Entry: Memories from 1963

Essay Contest Entry: Memories from 1963

The below was entered into Holland America Line’s trans-Atlantic essay contest. It was a bittersweet New York City day in 1963 as I boarded my first Holland America Ocean Liner, The New Amsterdam: destination Rotterdam. At the innocent age of six years old, I skipped then walked across the flimsy wooden gangplank, my long brown…   read more of “Essay Contest…”

Essay Contest Entry: Trans-Atlantic Crossing on Rotterdam

Essay Contest Entry: Trans-Atlantic Crossing on Rotterdam

The below was entered into Holland America Line’s trans-Atlantic essay contest. We have taken approximately eighteen cruises, the first in 1972 on a Russian cruise ship that sailed from New Orleans; our latest was a cruise that departed Los Angeles and sailed around the Hawaiian Islands and returned to Los Angeles in February. Our most…   read more of “Essay Contest…”

Essay Contest Entry: An Unforgettable Transatlantic Voyage

Essay Contest Entry: An Unforgettable Transatlantic Voyage

The below was entered into Holland America Line’s trans-Atlantic essay contest. For details on how to enter, click HERE. Ambulances blared past our 1967 Pontiac Catalina headed toward the airport. I resented the disruption of autumn’s spectacle and the magnificent J.S. Bach fugue. We were all classically trained musicians, except my mother, who, like George…   read more of “Essay Contest…”