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140 Years Young: Fleet Grows by Four

140 Years Young: Fleet Grows by Four

1921: Holland America Line builds four passenger/cargo ships, Edam IV, Leerdam II, Maasdam III and Spaarndam II, for service to Cuba. Each vessel accommodates 974 passengers.

140 Years Young: Rotterdam II Sails HAL’s First Vacation Cruise

140 Years Young: Rotterdam II Sails HAL’s First Vacation Cruise

1895: The 3,300-ton Rotterdam II sails Holland America’s first ever vacation cruise. Carrying 180 passengers, Rotterdam sails a short summer voyage from Rotterdam to Copenhagen and back, through the Kieler Canal. A commemorative medal is issued to mark this historic occasion.

140 Years Young: As You Wish Dining Begins

140 Years Young: As You Wish Dining Begins

July 16, 2007: HAL launches As You Wish dining, a program that allows guests to choose from either traditional pre-set seating and dining times or a completely flexible dining schedule. Fixed dining is available in the upper dining room for guests who prefer to dine at the same time every night and open dining is…   read more of “140 Years Young: As…”

140 Years Young: HAL Adopts New Flag and Name

140 Years Young: HAL Adopts New Flag and Name

1971: Holland America replaces the original house flag of “NASM,” on a green and white striped Rotterdam city flag, with an orange flag with three swaths of aqua and white. This logo was commonly called the “slug” logo as the angled stripes are thought by many to resemble slugs. The new logo coincided with the…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: Nieuw Amsterdam Debuted Two Years Ago

140 Years Young: Nieuw Amsterdam Debuted Two Years Ago

July 4, 2010: Princess Máxima of the Netherlands names the 2,106-guest ms Nieuw Amsterdam in a ceremony in Venice, Italy. Built at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard near Venice, the Nieuw Amsterdam is the fourth ship to carry the name for the line.

140 Years Young: Eurodam Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

140 Years Young: Eurodam Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

July 1, 2008: Eurodam, the first of the line’s “Signature-class” of vessels, was unveiled at its naming ceremony in front of the company’s original headquarters at Wilhelminakade. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands presided over the ceremony as Godmother. After blessing and officially naming the vessel “Eurodam,” her majesty hit the switch that sent a bottle…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

HAL’s Past and Present

HAL’s Past and Present

Jerrol Golden, manager of international public relations for HAL, sent in this picture of m.s. Rotterdam in Rotterdam next to HAL’s old office!