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140 Years Young: Maasdam Sets Sail

140 Years Young: Maasdam Sets Sail

Dec. 3, 1993: Maasdam is christened at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., by actress June Allyson before setting sail on her first Caribbean cruise. Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, Maasdam is the fifth HAL ship to bear the name. Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: Westerdam Sails Inaugural Caribbean Cruise

140 Years Young: Westerdam Sails Inaugural Caribbean Cruise

Dec. 2, 2004: ms Westerdam sails on her inaugural Caribbean cruise, a three-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary. The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger vessel is the third in HAL’s history to bear the Westerdam name. The ship was christened on April 25, 2004, in Venice, Italy, by Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk.

HAL’s Very Own Tulip at World-Famous Keukenhof Spring Gardens

HAL’s Very Own Tulip at World-Famous Keukenhof Spring Gardens

On Nov. 16 2012, Captain Edward van Zaane and Martin Schröder, Loyal Mariner and member of HAL’s Dutch advisory board, took part in the planting of HAL’s exclusive tulip at Keukenhof Spring gardens in the Netherlands. HAL partnered with the world-famous garden to develop the exclusive tulip for HAL’s 140th anniversary celebration next year. Master…   read more of “HAL’s Very…”

140 Years Young: Porthole Cruise Magazine Names Half Moon Cay ‘Best Private Island’

140 Years Young: Porthole Cruise Magazine Names Half Moon Cay ‘Best Private Island’

Nov. 18, 2011: Porthole Cruise Magazine names Half Moon Cay the Best Private Island in the cruise industry for the 11th consecutive year. Later, Editor-In-Chief Bill Panoff gives HAL the Best On-Board Art Collection Award in Porthole’s Editor’s Awards. Half Moon Cay features 15 private beachfront, air-conditioned cabanas, a natural 700-acre lagoon, a Captain Morgan…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: Volendam Sets Sail

140 Years Young: Volendam Sets Sail

Nov. 12, 1999: Volendam, HAL’s second “R” class ship, is christened by former professional tennis player Chris Evert, before setting sail on her first Australian cruise. The beautiful garden theme of Volendam is reflected in an artful floral motif throughout the ship’s spacious public rooms and elegant staterooms. Flowers can be found in abundance throughout…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: An Evening at Le Cirque

140 Years Young: An Evening at Le Cirque

Oct. 26, 2010: Holland America Line partners with the illustrious Le Cirque restaurant to offer “An Evening at Le Cirque” in the Pinnacle Grill. HAL’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin worked with Le Cirque’s Executive Chef Craig Hopson to re-create the legendary eatery’s whimsical ambiance and award-winning dining experience on board — from serving the amuse…   read more of “140 Years Young: An…”

140 Years Young: Ryndam Sets Sail

140 Years Young: Ryndam Sets Sail

Oct. 20, 1994: Ryndam, HAL’s third ‘S’-class ship, is christened at the port of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., before setting sail for her first Caribbean cruise. With a Dutch worldwide exploration theme, the decor of Ryndam features art and artifacts from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. At the heart of Ryndam is a three-story atrium…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”