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140 Years Young: Our Marvelous Oceans

On April 22, 2010, Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Institute announced a new partnership to protect the world’s marine ecosystems. Called “Our Marvelous Oceans,” the new program started with a three-year commitment that included adopting sustainable seafood purchasing on-board, new programming for guests and support for the MCI education program. Holland America Line recently…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: We’re Counting Down

140 Years Young: We’re Counting Down

On April 18, 2013, Holland America Line will celebrate our 140th Anniversary. Today we celebrate our 139th anniversary of our founding, marking more than a century of evolution from the once cargo and passenger line to the full-fledged modern cruise company that we are today today. We were officially founded April 18, 1873, as the…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

Were You on This 1992 Noordam Cruise?

Were You on This 1992 Noordam Cruise?

We received a very interesting story from some longtime HAL guests and we would all like to find out more! If you were on the 1992 Holland America Line 21-day repositioning cruise on Noordam, from New York to Vancouver BC, through the Panama Canal, do you remember this? On the night we were leaving the…   read more of “Were You on This…”

Video: ss Rotterdam’s Inaugural Year

Special thanks to HAL Mariner and blog contributor Fred Claessen for sharing this video with us. This video is from ss Rotterdam’s inaugural year 1959-1960. The first cruise was around South America in 49 days, followed by three Caribbean cruises and four big continental cruises round-trip New York. I was a cabin steward on the…   read more of “Video: ss…”

HAL History Video: Nieuw Amsterdam

Hallo HALblog readers. This is part 8 of the video series, “The Fleet and Their Predecessors.” In this video, NIEUW AMSTERDAM. Greetings from the home port Rotterdam, Ben van Zeijl. Ben van Zeijl is a Holland America Line history buff from Rotterdam.