Oct. 5, 2002: The Pinnacle Grill, HAL’s alternative restaurant concept, is introduced on Statendam and Ryndam. The Pinnacle Grill features fresh seafood and an extensive, world-class wine list, and offers an elegant dining experience. During the next two years, the concept is expanded onto the rest of the ships.
Tag: 140 Years Young
August 1999: HAL sells the 33,900-ton ms Nieuw Amsterdam III for $114.5 million to American Classic Cruises. The Nieuw Amsterdam entered service with Holland America Line in July 1983, doing a transatlantic crossing from Le Havre to New York. The ship finished her final cruise with HAL at Vancouver on August 24, 2000.
1951: ss Ryndam II and ss Maasdam III, the “Economy Twins,” are first ships to allow tourist-class passengers run of the ship and restrict one upper deck to first-class guests only.
August 2007: HAL publishes “The Art of Cruising: Fine Art and Antiques of Holland America Line,” a 176-page full-color hardcover coffee table book about the art on the fleet. It highlights pieces such as Andy Warhol’s famed Queen Beatrix series and Susanna Holt’s life-size bronze sculptures of wildlife.
August 3, 2003: The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger Oosterdam departs on its maiden voyage from Rotterdam after a three-day celebration which included the christening ceremony.
July 30, 2006: Featuring the world’s most extensive shipboard art collection, Holland America debuts self-guided art tours using handheld iPod devices. Available feetwide, tours cover the unique art and antique collections, together valued at tens of millions of dollars. This is the first time a cruise line offers museum-quality self-guided tours to its guests. Recognizing… read more of “140 Years Young:…”
July 28–30, 2003: HAL celebrates its 130th anniversary year in Rotterdam. The festivities include the launch and naming of the new Vista-class ms Oosterdam by Princess Margriet of The Netherlands. Rotterdam joins Oosterdam for events that include past employees, World War II veterans, local dignitaries and past guests.
July 29, 2006: Vista-class cruise ships Westerdam and Oosterdam are retrofitted to use shore power at the Port of Seattle to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions when in Seattle.