Big thanks to HAL guest and blog fan Ron of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, for sending in these beautiful snapshots and a vintage postcard of HAL’s Statendam. Enjoy!
Category: HAL History
Special thanks to HAL guest Andre Rouffaer for sharing this wonderful story with us. Thanks, Andre! I believe this is probably the strangest title of the stories by folks about their Holland America experiences, but while I was thinking back about my latest cruises, I realized I practically grew up on the Holland America Line…. read more of “Growing Up With…”
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 part 3! With the ms Rotterdam being based out of Rotterdam next year, it makes sense if you’re cruising specifically from this port to come and visit… read more of “Staying at the…”
Rotterdam was the debut ship on the New York Harbor webcam yesterday during sailaway. The ship is heading back to Europe on the second of its two commemorative trans-Atlantic crossings.
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 part 2! My Rotterdam/Rotterdam/Rotterdam trip started, in fact, with Amsterdam… the city, and not the ship. Taking an overnight flight from NYC, I arrived at the Amsterdam… read more of “Visiting the HAL…”
On July 3, ms Rotterdam departed the port of Rotterdam bound for New York City on an historic crossing designed to commemorate Holland America Line’s 40th anniversary of the transition from offering regular trans-Atlantic crossings to becoming entirely dedicated to pleasure cruising. A Rotterdam-based television crew was on-board filming for their local show. Special guests… read more of “Rotterdam TV Crew…”
This is our historic monument. The former headquarters of the HAL in Rotterdam, now Hotel New York. This is also the place where we held our wedding party. – Hans and Carla Janssen
As you can see, I am back on the Nieuw Amsterdam and couldn’t believe what I saw when we came into the port of Corfu. Of course, having worked on her, I recognized the ship from miles away. Although called different now, we docked directly next to the “old” Nieuw Amsterdam! Operating from the same… read more of “The…”