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Celebrating 140 Years: Dutch Theme Night Aboard ms Rotterdam

Celebrating 140 Years: Dutch Theme Night Aboard ms Rotterdam

Celebrating Holland America Line’s 140th anniversary, our dining room team presented a Dutch themed night to our guests. Dining Room staff worked diligently to create flags and banners and decorate the dining room. Mr. Lelono Fnu was responsible for making the banner with 140th anniversary logo and other decorative items.

Zuiderdam’s Ship Building Contest

Zuiderdam’s Ship Building Contest

In celebration of our 140th birthday, we organized a ship building contest among crew members aboard Zuiderdam. The ships were presented at the “History of Holland America-Then & Now” sales presentation for guests to vote on their favorite ships. Guests voted on “Favorite Ship,” “Most Creative Ship” and “Most Realistic Ship.” The ship voted as…   read more of “Zuiderdam’s…”

Zuiderdam’s 140th Anniversary Cake

Zuiderdam’s 140th Anniversary Cake

Journalist Georgina Cruz recently sailed on Zuiderdam during the company’s 140th Anniversary celebrations. She sent in this lovely photo of the ship’s cake. Here’s a photo of the cake from the Zuiderdam — it was a great anniversary party! And what a cake! — Georgina Cruz

Video: The HAL Float in the Bloemencorso Flower Parade

Here is our fabulous float — Captain’s Diner van Holland America Line — in the annual Bloemencorso Flower Parade. The parade featured 20 flower floats plus decorated cars and local bands. The theme was “Bon Appetit” and was held April 19 and 20, 2013, traveling 40 km from Noordwijkerhout to Haarlem, the Netherlands.

HAL’s Float for the 1948 Bloemencorso Flower Parade

HAL’s Float for the 1948 Bloemencorso Flower Parade

Our participation in the 2013 Annual Bloemencorso Flower Parade was not the first time we created a float for this event. In 1948, we entered a 35-foot flower float modeled on Westerdam that was awarded first place!