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Holland America Line Celebrates 148th Anniversary

As Holland America Line moves closer to the 150th Anniversary of our founding in 2023, this past year has taught us the importance of celebrating the smallest of milestones. So, we’re proudly commemorating our 148th Anniversary Sunday, April 18, 2021. As one of the longest-serving and most experienced cruise lines in the world, Holland America Line has grown into an award-winning, premium cruise line. Though transportation and shipping were the mainstays of our business in the 19th century, in 1895 we offered our first vacation cruise. Today, we are proud to operate 10 ships that visit more than 500 ports across all seven continents.

We can’t wait to get back to cruising and welcome guests on board again. During this yearlong pause in cruise operations, we’ve had to rethink how we celebrate our brand and keep on “sailing.” That led us to connect with our fans in new ways. We launched virtual voyages to Alaska and Norway, embarked on a virtual Alaska Land+Sea Journey, held two interactive port brackets with Moorea and Venice emerging as victors, hosted live weekly trivia sessions with Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne on Facebook, staged wine and whiskey tastings, held concerts with our renowned musicians, inaugurated National Food Faces Day and much more.

We asked our ships to celebrate, too, and the result is a collection of fantastic images of our team members proudly commemorating this milestone.

Holland America Line President Gua Antorcha, center, visited Nieuw Statendam and got in on the celebration.

Holland America Line President Gua Antorcha, center, visited Nieuw Statendam and got in on the celebration.

Nieuw Statendam is ready to celebrate.

Nieuw Statendam is ready to celebrate.

Cheers to our 148th from Zaandam team members!

Cheers to our 148th from Zaandam team members!

Noordam team members.

Noordam team members.

Nieuw Amsterdam team members holding up signal flags that read 148!

Nieuw Amsterdam team members holding up signal flags that read 148!

Nieuw Amsterdam team members.

Nieuw Amsterdam team members.

Eurodam lights up the night to celebrate our 148th Anniversary.

Eurodam lights up the night to celebrate our 148th Anniversary.

Bridge officers of Koningsdam.

Bridge officers of Koningsdam.

Koningsdam engineers.

Koningsdam engineers.

Oosterdam's captain and team members celebrate our 148th!

Oosterdam’s captain and team members celebrate our 148th!

Zuiderdam team members stand by the stacks to honor our 148th.

Zuiderdam team members stand by the stacks to honor our 148th.

Though we still must wait to cruise the world’s oceans again, we’ve been busier than ever keeping the Holland America cruise experience alive. Please join us in celebrating our 148th Anniversary and come along for the journey over the next couple of years as we make way for our 150th in 2023. Here’s to forthcoming fair winds and following seas.

16 Comments
  • Kathy

    Happy Birthday, I was onboard for the 140th celebration 🍾❤️🚢

  • Mary Myers

    Happy 148! I can’t wait to get back on those DAM ships.

  • Mary Myers

    Happy 148! I can’t wait to get back on those DAM ships.

  • Michael David Swanson

    Congrats on 148 years to a fantastic cruise line. My wife and I look forward to boarding HAL ships again. Keep up the good work :-).

  • Cornelis Hoogeveen

    Congratulations! Wow, although we all are going thru TOUGH times, celebrations are in order. Gwen and I will, as we always do when on board, have a glass of wine this afternoon and toast HAL for having given us so many great memories over the years we have sailed on the many DAM ships. We as well look forward to hear WELCOME ON BOARD again.
    Wishing Management and Staff continued SUCCESS in the future.
    Gwen and Casey Hoogeveen.

  • Marjorie Gordon

    Happy 148th anniversary Holland America Line!
    We miss you, and can’t wait to sail with you again!

  • Mohamad Yandri

    Happy 148th Anniversary Holland America Line.

  • RONNY MAROJAHAN SIAHAAN

    Happy Anniversary 148th
    #HAL strong
    #keep safe everyone

  • Patricia

    Delightful post! Enjoy seeing these photos and will be so happy to sail again on a HAL ship!

  • Gordon Matthews

    Dear friends at HAL,
    I’m at sea with you and I’m at sea without you. Miss you desperately and looking forward to happier days to come.

  • Gordon Matthews

    Oh, and Happy Anniversary!

  • Wisnu marjoko

    Happy Anniversary Holland America line….to give mark to the crew as back bone of this company…there should be a Give to the crew…to help little bit especially during this pandemic …cause we not working for 1 year….thank you

  • Tom Cogan

    Some of my fondest cruise memories have been on a HAL ship, some still here and some not; however, memories prevail even today !
    ALL THE BEST
    Tom (-:

  • Ronald Baum

    Happy 148 HAL it has been a little too long between cruises this time, We will be with you for the 150 years of great Sailing, fun and meeting so many new friends in the future

  • Nancy Garofalo

    Happy 148th HAL !!!
    Can’t wait to celebrate 150 with you aboard the 2023 World Cruise ❤️

  • Cheryl Schnell

    Flights booked, reservations made! See you in October with such excitement! Love our HAL!!!

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