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HAL Deck Scenes from 1890

HAL Deck Scenes from 1890

Imagine a trans-Atlantic voyage from Rotterdam to New York in 1890. A small 4,539 ton liner with 880 passengers in two classes — 80 first and 800 third class passengers. It must have felt cramped on board Holland America Line’s ss Spaarndam. The following collage shows the ss Spaarndam deck scene and gives a glimpse…   read more of “HAL Deck Scenes…”

S.S. Rotterdam: Holland America Line’s 40-Year Flagship

S.S. Rotterdam: Holland America Line’s 40-Year Flagship

Many thanks to David Giventer, Ryndam’s future cruise consultant, who sent in this fabulous post. Enjoy! In the harbor of Rotterdam there is a very beautiful passenger ship! She was once considered so modern and chic that her external design and interior decorative appointments were considered a far-reaching departure from what was then accepted as…   read more of “S.S. Rotterdam:…”

Veendam’s 700th Voyage

Veendam’s 700th Voyage

The Veendam crew celebrated a milestone last week: its 700th voyage. The event was celebrated with a crew appreciation and 700th voyage barbecue lunch on the bow under the bright Bermuda sunshine. The crew enjoyed delicious food ranging from Indonesian and Filipino dishes, to great barbecue standards of hamburgers and grilled steaks! A big thank…   read more of “Veendam’s…”

Video: Home Sweet Home

Special thanks to HAL Mariner Fred Claessen for sharing this video with us. Thanks, Fred! Hello dear friends. The ms Rotterdam is coming home. Here is a video from the ss Rotterdam and of the ss Rembrandt in 1998 arriving in her hometown. – Fred Claessen

Ben Finally Sails on Rotterdam

Ben Finally Sails on Rotterdam

Ben Lyons, a lifelong fan of Holland America Line who has worked both as a writer and a deck officer, recently visited Rotterdam and Rotterdam in Rotterdam. Enjoy the last installment in his series of posts. If my trip to Rotterdam had so far been about discovering Holland America Line’s past association with the city…   read more of “Ben Finally Sails…”

Prinsendam’s Historic Visit at Bristol

Prinsendam’s Historic Visit at Bristol

On July 21, Prinsendam docked at Bristol, England, marking the first time in 10 years that a cruise ship has visited the port. Prinsendam was greeted by a host of excited spectators and local media. During the call, Captain Tim Roberts was interviewed by the local BBC affiliate. To check out the interview click here.

Sailaway from New York City

Sailaway from New York City

Here’s the Rotterdam pulling away from the pier in New York City for the trans-Atlantic crossing to Holland! The cornerstone of the company was built on this same sailing 139 years ago. History repeating itself! – Gerald Bernhoft, HAL Director of Mariner Society