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140 Years Young: Welcome Westerdam

140 Years Young: Welcome Westerdam

April 25, 2004: The Vista-class ms Westerdam embarks on her maiden voyage from Venice. The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger vessel is the third in HAL’s history to bear the Westerdam name.

140 Years Young: Our Marvelous Oceans

On April 22, 2010, Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Institute announced a new partnership to protect the world’s marine ecosystems. Called “Our Marvelous Oceans,” the new program started with a three-year commitment that included adopting sustainable seafood purchasing on-board, new programming for guests and support for the MCI education program. Holland America Line recently…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: We’re Counting Down

140 Years Young: We’re Counting Down

On April 18, 2013, Holland America Line will celebrate our 140th Anniversary. Today we celebrate our 139th anniversary of our founding, marking more than a century of evolution from the once cargo and passenger line to the full-fledged modern cruise company that we are today today. We were officially founded April 18, 1873, as the…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

Were You on This 1992 Noordam Cruise?

Were You on This 1992 Noordam Cruise?

We received a very interesting story from some longtime HAL guests and we would all like to find out more! If you were on the 1992 Holland America Line 21-day repositioning cruise on Noordam, from New York to Vancouver BC, through the Panama Canal, do you remember this? On the night we were leaving the…   read more of “Were You on This…”

Zaandam’s Plaque Exchange Ceremony at Kobe, Japan

Zaandam’s Plaque Exchange Ceremony at Kobe, Japan

On April 5, ms Zaandam made an inaugural call to the port of Kobe, Japan. Officers from various departments were present for a plaque exchange ceremony with port officials. These ceremonies are held as a token of goodwill between the port and the vessel and are viewed as a very special occasion for all. The…   read more of “Zaandam’s…”

Video: ss Rotterdam’s Inaugural Year

Special thanks to HAL Mariner and blog contributor Fred Claessen for sharing this video with us. This video is from ss Rotterdam’s inaugural year 1959-1960. The first cruise was around South America in 49 days, followed by three Caribbean cruises and four big continental cruises round-trip New York. I was a cabin steward on the…   read more of “Video: ss…”

A Special Momento from Historic HAL Voyage

A Special Momento from Historic HAL Voyage

Here’s a crazy discovery. My mother found this from her voyage to the U.S. in 1953. Kinda cool. She sailed from Rotterdam to Hoboken. She was a little girl in Germany in WWII and some relatives in Kansas took her in. Pretty cool. – Sam Slishman