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Picture-Perfect Statendam

Picture-Perfect Statendam

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!

Growing Up With Holland America Line

Growing Up With Holland America Line

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…”

Staying at the Hotel New York in Rotterdam

Staying at the Hotel New York in 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 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…”

Video: Rotterdam Departing New York

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.

Visiting the HAL Archives in Rotterdam

Visiting the HAL Archives in 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 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…”

Rotterdam TV Crew Onboard for Historic Sail-Away

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…”

Hans Janssen’s ‘Historic Monument’ Photo

Hans Janssen’s ‘Historic Monument’ Photo

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