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…”
Category: HAL History
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…”
To celebrate our upcoming 140th Anniversary, we’re launching a contest on Facebook that will award four fans a cruise for two on any Holland America Line sailing of up to 14 days in an ocean-view stateroom, subject to availability. To enter the sweepstakes, click on the “4 Corners of the World” image in the right… read more of “Win a HAL Cruise…”
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.
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:…”
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.
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:…”
January 4, 2008: Amsterdam sails on HAL’s 50th Anniversary World Cruise. The 114-day voyage circumnavigates the globe and features 39 ports in 29 countries on six continents.