May 2009: ms Veendam’s significant transformation completes the latest Signature of Excellence enhancements. The upgrades feature the addition of the Retreat, Canaletto restaurant, Mix, Showroom at Sea, Lanai staterooms and additional Verandah staterooms.
Category: HAL History
May 20, 2005: Holland America Line partners with Food & Wine magazine to launch an ambitious on-board culinary program. The multi-year partnership provides HAL guests with an opportunity to experience demonstrations and seminars conducted by top chefs, wine experts and leading cookbook authors provided by Food & Wine. The partnership is part of the broader… read more of “140 Years Young:…”
May 1996: HAL’s fleet grew to eight as ms Veendam IV entered service. The 55,451-ton, 1,627-passenger vessel embarked on its maiden voyage on May 15, 1996 after being christened by actress Debbie Reynolds who served as Godmother.
Special thanks to Henk van der Linden for sending in this great photo of the Regent Star on a September 15, 1991, sailing. The ship was also Statendam IV.
May 14, 2010: In recognition of its measurable efforts to reduce its environmental footprint both at sea and in port, HAL is selected as the 2010 Marine Environmental Business of the Year by the Port of Seattle and the Seattle Propeller Club. Noting the company’s detailed Environmental Management System plan that governs its fleet-wide efforts,… read more of “140 Years Young:…”
1883: Ten years after Holland America Line was founded, the “dam” suffix was officially adopted for the names of HAL passenger ships. It is a tradition that is still being honored today. Most of the HAL ships are named after cities in Holland or the dams that cross many of The Netherlands’ rivers and allow… read more of “140 Years Young:…”
Special thanks to HAL guest James Ogden for sharing this touching story with our blog. My great grandparents were the first generation of my family to sail with Holland America Line, in the 1950’s. They sailed with HAL four times between 1954 and 1960, on transatlantic voyages, between various cities in Europe and New York…. read more of “Recounting Family…”
Special thanks to Kirk Baruth, HAL’s Manager of Public Relations and Intranet, for this post. With the hoisting of the city’s flag, Lord Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb welcomed Holland America Line’s flagship ms Rotterdam and its crew to their new homeport in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 2. It’s been almost 40 years since Holland America… read more of “HAL’s…”