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Take an Exclusive Tour of Rome’s Colosseum & Other Superstar Attractions on a 2018 ‘Signature Experience’

Take an Exclusive Tour of Rome’s Colosseum & Other Superstar Attractions on a 2018 ‘Signature Experience’

All of Holland America Line’s 2018 Europe sailings – from the Mediterranean and the fjords of Northern Europe to the Baltic and Transatlantic – are now open for booking. Celebrate the launch of our 2018 European cruise season with an exclusive and intimate pre-cruise Signature Experience! Guests traveling on a cruise departing from Rome can…   read more of “Take an Exclusive…”

Members of Association De Lijn Gather Aboard Eurodam For Luncheon

Members of Association De Lijn Gather Aboard Eurodam For Luncheon

In 2005 a group of retired Holland America Line employees started Association De Lijn (Dutch for “the line”), which promotes contact between retired, former and current Holland America Line employees. Today the North American chapter of Association De Lijn has more than 300 members. In June, several members came together onboard Eurodam for lunch in…   read more of “Members of…”

Royal Goedewaagen Creates Special Plate for Koningsdam’s Dedication

Royal Goedewaagen Creates Special Plate for Koningsdam’s Dedication

When Holland America Line dedicates a new ship, it commissions Royal Goedewaagen to create a plate as a gift to attendees at the dedication and guests on special cruises. Koningsdam’s introduction was no exception. The plates for Koningsdam are painted in Blue and Red Delft, which relates to the kind of painting technique that is…   read more of “Royal Goedewaagen…”

Holland America Line Takes Delivery of ms Koningsdam from Fincantieri

Holland America Line Takes Delivery of ms Koningsdam from Fincantieri

Exciting news! Holland America Line took delivery of ms Koningsdam today, officially making it the first Pinnacle-Class ship in the fleet. The signing ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Following the signing, the Dutch flag was raised on the ship for the first time. Koningsdam is registered in the Netherlands. The ship…   read more of “Holland America…”

Ryndam & Statendam Farewell Cruises Create Lifelong Travel Memories

Ryndam & Statendam Farewell Cruises Create Lifelong Travel Memories

Cruise guests and crew aboard Ryndam and Rotterdam enjoyed a momentous bow-to-bow event Aug. 18 at Alesund, Norway, as Rotterdam bid a fond farewell to Ryndam. The unusual sail-away was orchestrated by Rotterdam’s and Ryndam’s officers during a joint port call that was the last time the two vessels will be together as sister ships…   read more of “Ryndam &…”

Ryndam & Statendam Bid Adieu to Holland America Line with Exotic Farewell Cruises

Ryndam & Statendam Bid Adieu to Holland America Line with Exotic Farewell Cruises

In the fall of 2015 Holland America Line’s ms Statendam and ms Ryndam will transfer to sister Carnival Corporation & plc brand P&O Cruises Australia. To celebrate the ships and give their loyal fans a chance to cruise one last time under the Holland America Line brand, the company has planned two special farewell voyages…   read more of “Ryndam &…”

Princess Margriet Helps Celebrate ms Rotterdam’s 100th Call at Rotterdam

Princess Margriet Helps Celebrate ms Rotterdam’s 100th Call at Rotterdam

Holland America Line’s ms Rotterdam sailed into the Port of Rotterdam for its milestone 100th call Saturday, July 4, 2015. Rotterdam’s godmother, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, attended the shipboard festivities that included a welcoming concert in the terminal by a local choir, special luncheon and performance by Dutch singer and winner of “The Voice…   read more of “Princess Margriet…”