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Celebrating 140 Years: The Great Barrier Reef

Celebrating 140 Years: The Great Barrier Reef

In celebration of our 140th Anniversary this month, we’re dedicating a post a day to the wonderful destinations and attributes that make a Holland America Line cruise so special. Today’s post is about: The Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef is not a single entity so much as a megalopolis of living systems. It’s…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

Celebrating 140 Years: Sydney

Celebrating 140 Years: Sydney

In celebration of our 140th Anniversary this month, we’re dedicating a post a day to the wonderful destinations and attributes that make a Holland America Line cruise so special. Today’s post is about: Sydney, Australia Beautiful Sydney is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. From the magnificent Sydney Opera House and…   read more of “Celebrating 140…”

De Lijn Members Visit Nieuw Amsterdam

De Lijn Members Visit Nieuw Amsterdam

Thanks to Kelsey Differding, our corporate giving coordinator, for sending in this nice post. Ten members of Association De Lijn met in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 3 for lunch in the Pinnacle Grill aboard ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Mike Sexton, a member of the group’s North America chapter, said, “Kudos are due to everyone involved, and…   read more of “De Lijn Members…”

A Family Outing to the ss Rotterdam

A Family Outing to the ss Rotterdam

Holland America Line’s proud dad Captain van Donselaar recently took his son Rowan to Holland. While there the family went on board the ss Rotterdam. Thanks to Rowan’s mom and blog contributor Pam for sending in these adorable photos.

140 Years Young: Noordam Enters Service

140 Years Young: Noordam Enters Service

February 22, 2006: Noordam enters service and sets sail on its maiden voyage round-trip from New York City to the Caribbean. The ship was christened by actress Marlee Matlin and features museum-quality paintings such as an oil painting of the city of Utrecht painted in 1842, as well as contemporary art like the series of…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”

140 Years Young: Fincantieri Hands Over Noordam

140 Years Young: Fincantieri Hands Over Noordam

January 31, 2006: The 81,769-ton, 1,918-passenger ms Noordam, the fourth ship to bear the name in the line’s history, is officially handed over from Fincantieri Shipyard in Marghera, Italy, to Holland America Line. The ship was christened Feb. 22, 2006, in New York City, by actress Marlee Matlin. Photo by blog fan Bert Lamers.

140 Years Young: Statendam Enters Service

140 Years Young: Statendam Enters Service

January 25, 1993: Statendam V enters service and that summer sails HAL’s first European cruise season in approximately 20 years. Exhibiting a theme of historical Dutch life and exploration, Statendam features more than $2 million worth of art and rare artifacts displayed throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in…   read more of “140 Years Young:…”