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Princess Margriet Helps Celebrate ms Rotterdam’s 100th Call at Rotterdam

Princess Margriet Helps Celebrate ms Rotterdam’s 100th Call at Rotterdam

Holland America Line’s ms Rotterdam sailed into the Port of Rotterdam for its milestone 100th call Saturday, July 4, 2015. Rotterdam’s godmother, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, attended the shipboard festivities that included a welcoming concert in the terminal by a local choir, special luncheon and performance by Dutch singer and winner of “The Voice…   read more of “Princess Margriet…”

Share Your Story: Picture-Perfect Memories from Cruise Guests and Crew

Share Your Story: Picture-Perfect Memories from Cruise Guests and Crew

Taking a cruise vacation is a social event full of memory-making moments both onboard and ashore. From mingling with guests around the ship to taking a fabulous shore excursion and visiting all of the fantastic destinations around the world, there are plenty of opportunities to capture the special moments and share them with friends, family…   read more of “Share Your Story:…”

Chance Encounters on Holland America Line Cruises

Chance Encounters on Holland America Line Cruises

Miraculous things can happen at any time. Some call it fate, others destiny. Sometimes it’s just being in the right place at the right time. With Holland America Line’s history spanning more than 140 years, it’s inevitable that many of our guests experience these encounters onboard. These wonderful stories below tell the tales of four…   read more of “Chance Encounters…”

It’s a Holland Amerika Lijn Car

It’s a Holland Amerika Lijn Car

Thanks to HAL employee Miranda for sending in pictures of this adorable and unique car. I noticed this car in our area, and I honestly thought it was some sort of charter for guests to/from the airport to the cruise terminal. But the curiosity was there, so I went on the internet for it but…   read more of “It’s a…”

A Creative Tile Table

A Creative Tile Table

Thanks to Holland America Line Personal Cruise Consultant Valerie Vanyo for sharing with us a note from one of her travel agents. Our guests certainly get creative with their Delft tiles! This is the way we have used the HAL tiles. My husband and son assembled this table, and we get SO many comments on…   read more of “A Creative Tile…”

Two HAL Captain’s Visit the Bridge on ss Rotterdam

Two HAL Captain’s Visit the Bridge on ss Rotterdam

During our Senior Management Conference taking place on ss Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Captains Peter Bos and Edward van Zanne visited the ship’s bridge. Captain van Zanne was captain on ss Rotterdam in 1994. Captain Bos was the last HAL Captain to sail on ss Rotterdam before the ship was sold in 1997. Both Captains enjoyed…   read more of “Two HAL…”

Oosterdam’s 140th Anniversary Cake

Oosterdam’s 140th Anniversary Cake

The Culinary team onboard the Oosterdam did a real outstanding job of the making of the cake for our 140th Anniversary celebrations. So many guests were impressed.