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Cruisin’ Dads: Father and Son at the Helm

Cruisin’ Dads: Father and Son at the Helm

12 June 2012: Father and son Engel at the helm on the North Sea Canal near Amsterdam. Father Kees Engel on his sailing yacht the L’ Angelo and son Vincent Engel working as 2e officer at the helm on the Prinsendam. The farewell later with the ship’s horn was very emotional for both of them.

140 Years Young: Holland Amerika Lijn is Born

140 Years Young: Holland Amerika Lijn is Born

June 15, 1896: The company officially becomes known as Holland Amerika Lijn, however the initials NASM remain on the house flag. NASM of course stands for the original Dutch name of the company, Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij.

140 Years Young: Kids & Teen Join in Culinary Arts Fun

140 Years Young: Kids & Teen Join in Culinary Arts Fun

June 2007: HAL launches a kids and teen Culinary Arts Center activity program to bring the joys of cooking to the younger set. Kids are taught basic cooking techniques, kitchen safety, new ingredients and how to follow recipe instructions. Aside from the fun involved, cooking encourages kids to think about numbers and measuring, cleanliness, safety…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: Noordam Praised for Sea Rescue

140 Years Young: Noordam Praised for Sea Rescue

June 6, 2006: Noordam rescues 22 refugees whose boat capsized in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. The efforts earned the crew recognition from the United Nations, United States Coast Guard, United States Navy and several international refugee organizations.

HAL’s Past and Present Meet on Rotterdam

HAL’s Past and Present Meet on Rotterdam

As ms Rotterdam was sailing out of Rotterdam, Netherlands, we had the honor and privilege to meet with many of our ex HAL employees. This time, the culinary management had the pleasure to meet Mr. Boels who sailed on board the old Nieuw Amsterdam, Ryndam, Maasdam and Statendam from 1959 until 1969 as a provision…   read more of “HAL’s Past…”

140 Years Young: HAL Launches Whale Protection Initiative

140 Years Young: HAL Launches Whale Protection Initiative

June 6, 2006: In cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Parks Service, HAL develops and launches the interactive computer-based “Avoiding Whale Strikes” training program. Deck officers fleet-wide have taken the award-winning course. HAL was recognized for their leadership and commitment to the conservation of whales…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: HAL Breaks Ground on Denali Lodge

140 Years Young: HAL Breaks Ground on Denali Lodge

June 1, 2005: Holland America Line and Westmark Hotels, a subsidiary of HAL, break ground in Denali, Alaska, for a new lodge near Alaska’s Denali National Park. The 135-room lodge will service HAL’s CruiseTours, Gray Line of Alaska and independent guests. (The three-story property opened in May 2006.)

140 Years Young: Zuiderdam Completes Extensive Enhancements

140 Years Young: Zuiderdam Completes Extensive Enhancements

May 28, 2008: Zuiderdam completes the second phase of the Signature of Excellence enhancements. After a three-week dry dock in the Fincantieri Palermo Shipyard, Zuiderdam emerged with 34 new guest staterooms, the addition of an Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, a larger Pinnacle Grill restaurant, the addition of a new Pinnacle Bar,…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”