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.
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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.
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…”
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:…”
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.
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:…”
To all of our blog fans, it is with great sadness that we report Ben van Zeijl, a frequent contributor and avid Holland America Line enthusiast, has passed away. He’s been a huge supporter going back to the Eurodam Blog, and he was a dear friend to us all. Just type his name into the… read more of “We Lost a Member of…”
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!