Every year, the people of the Netherlands host big, orange-accented celebrations in honor of the royal House of Orange-Nassau for King’s (or Queen’s) Day, honoring the birthday of the reigning Dutch monarch. Currently, King’s Day is celebrated on April 27 in honor of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, who ascended to the throne in 2013.
You’ll find the same spirit of these celebrations aboard our ships at the Orange Party – hosted on every cruise throughout the year – because one day just isn’t enough. We greatly enjoy our Orange Party festivities, given our roots in the Netherlands and ties to its royal family. In fact, members of the Dutch Royal Family have launched 13 Holland America Line vessels — from Prince Hendrik naming Statendam III in 1929 to Princess Margriet christening the seventh Rotterdam in 2022. In April 2023, Holland America Line President Gus Antorcha was joined by Princess Margriet for a 150th anniversary celebration at Hotel New York in Rotterdam, home to Holland America Line’s original headquarters from 1901 to 1977.