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140 Years Young: Nieuw Amsterdam III Sails Last HAL Cruise

140 Years Young: Nieuw Amsterdam III Sails Last HAL Cruise

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.

140 Years Young: A First for the Economy Twins

140 Years Young: A First for the Economy Twins

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.

140 Years Young: The Art of Cruising

140 Years Young: The Art of Cruising

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.

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch

Today we remember a wonderful and extremely talented man. His contributions to the world will live on through his legacy of music. It was a privilege to have Marvin perform and sail with us on Holland America Line. Recently on ms Amsterdam we welcomed the Seattle Symphony and acclaimed composer Marvin Hamlisch. Pictured above are…   read more of “Remembering Marvin…”

140 Years Young: Oosterdam Sets Sail

140 Years Young: Oosterdam Sets Sail

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.

140 Years Young: Fine Art Goes High Tech on the High Seas

140 Years Young: Fine Art Goes High Tech on the High Seas

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:…”

140 Years Young: 130th Anniversary Year Celebration

140 Years Young: 130th Anniversary Year Celebration

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.

140 Years Young: Westerdam and Oosterdam Go Green

140 Years Young: Westerdam and Oosterdam Go Green

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.