We have a guest on board Veendam who was a cook on the ss Nieuw Amsterdam in 1956. He even kept his I-95 and his seaman book. When we found out, we organized a chef’s jacket, had it signed by the captain, staff captain, myself, the chef and the culinary operations manager. Than we took… read more of “Once a Cook, Always…”
Category: HAL History
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:…”
Being a collector of Holland America Line memorabilia, I decided to share my collection with anyone who wants to collect like I do. To that purpose I have created three websites with my collection of tiles, commemorative wine bottles and playing cards. I am working on adding sites for commemorative teaspoons, luggage labels and the… read more of “HAL Mariner Shares…”
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…”
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:…”
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.
Special thanks to HAL Mariner and blog contributor Fred Claessen for sharing these vintage photos with us of Rotterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam and Maasdam.
Big thanks to the Bert Lamers who just so happened to be sailing the Mediterranean with his wife and spotted the Thomson Dream, aka HAL’s past Westerdam! Below is the great photo Bert was able to snap as it was departing Civitavecchia on August 29. Thanks Bert!