April 27 is King’s Day in the Netherlands, a traditional holiday held each year to honor the birthday of the reigning Dutch monarch. At Holland America Line, we take great joy in celebrating King’s Day each year given our roots in the Netherlands and ties to its royal family. In recognition of this, King’s Day is celebrated across our fleet. The festivities kick off with a special King’s Day Afternoon Tea featuring Dutch delicacies such as poffertjes, mini-pancakes dusted with powdered sugar, and tompouces, layered puff-pastry desserts with orange icing.
As King’s Day is known for being a celebration of the color orange in Holland in honor of the House of Orange-Nassau, the evening brings our Orange Party where guests and crew don their best orange attire for a night of music, dancing and specialty cocktails, along with a King’s Day Orange Deck Party. Every cruise year-round actually has an Orange Party — inspired by King’s Day celebrations — and guests receive an email prior to departure inviting them to bring orange attire to wear to the festivities.
As we didn’t celebrate King’s Day on board this year or last, we asked our Facebook fans to send in their favorite Orange Party photos so we could look forward to the coming days when we’ll be able to celebrate King’s Day together on board and once again hold Orange Parties.
Anne Deacon sent in this photo from Koningsdam.
From left: Esther Cooke on the Grand World Voyage 2019 with Dutch friends; Joanne Fritch.
Four stylish and chic guests, sent in by Deb.
From left: photos by Diane Diotte; Debra and Michael Pontius.
Photo from Heather McLennan.
Leslee Lunman and her dining room stewards.
From left: Janiel Izquierdo and friends; a photo by Liz Knight.
Pat Hendrickson and friends looking fabulous on Nieuw Statendam’s maiden voyage.
From left: Kenneth Dick’s exclusive King’s Day Heineken bottle and a Wang Wang from Scott Singer.
Taken aboard Zuiderdam with the captain, sent in by Scott Peterson.
From left: Yvonne De Nooy Ryan in Alaska on Maasdam; Putri Permatasari looking stylish in her orange glasses!
Wherever you are in the world this King’s Day, we wish you a day filled with all-things orange. Proost!