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Why Do Cruise Ships Have Godmothers?

Why Do Cruise Ships Have Godmothers?

Today’s modern cruise ships have godmothers that participate in the naming ceremony and wish them well with a champagne (traditionally) bottle break against the hull. Holland America Line has had notable godmothers such as Queens Maxima and Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, tennis legend Chris Evert and Academy Award winner Marlee…   read more of “Why Do Cruise Ships…”

Happy 5th Birthday, Eurodam

Happy 5th Birthday, Eurodam

It’s hard to believe it’s already been five years since we named Eurodam in a beautiful ceremony in front of the company’s original headquarters at Wilhelminakade. Queen Beatrix (now Princess Beatrix) of the Netherlands presided over the ceremony as Godmother. Happy Birthday, Eurodam!

Queen’s Day Aboard Rotterdam

Queen’s Day Aboard Rotterdam

April 30 was Queen’s Day in the Netherlands, and Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne after 33 years as the Dutch monarch. Thanks to Cruise Director Glen Coenen for sharing photos of Queen’s Day celebrations aboard Rotterdam. The Abdication was shown all day in the Crow’s Nest and the crew organized an afternoon party with the…   read more of “Queen’s Day…”

It’s Queen’s Day in the Netherlands

It’s Queen’s Day in the Netherlands

Today, April 30, is the Netherlands’ national holiday Konninginen dag (Queen’s day). Today we celebrate the birthday of Queen Beatrix. It’s not Her Majesty’s official birthday, she was born Jan. 31, 1938. April 30 was the birthday of Her Majesty’s mother, Queen Juliana. When Queen Juliana abdicated, Her Majesty ordered that April 30 stays Queen’s…   read more of “It’s…”