Dec. 15, 1997: Rotterdam VI sets sail on its seven-day maiden voyage to the Caribbean. The 62,000-ton, 1,316-passenger ship serves as the fleet’s flagship for the 21st century, maintaining the elegance of previous ships bearing the name, combined with state-of-art features and an unmatched art collection valued at $11.5 million.
Category: HAL History
Dec. 17, 2007: HAL completes a significant $20 million upgrade to its “Elegant Explorer,” ms Prinsendam. The enhancements include new luxury bathrooms in all staterooms, the addition of the Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, expanded and refurbished shopping promenade, and new carpets and stone flooring.
Dec. 14, 2002: HAL’s first Vista-class ship Zuiderdam, departs from Fort Lauderdale on its maiden voyage. The 1,848-guest, 81,769-ton ship is the first of five Vista-class vessels. At the heart of Zuiderdam, suspended in a three-story atrium, is a Waterford Crystal Seahorse which sets the mood for exquisite pieces of art to be seen throughout… read more of “140 Years Young:…”
Dec. 3, 1993: Maasdam is christened at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., by actress June Allyson before setting sail on her first Caribbean cruise. Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, Maasdam is the fifth HAL ship to bear the name. Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East… read more of “140 Years Young:…”
Dec. 2, 2004: ms Westerdam sails on her inaugural Caribbean cruise, a three-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary. The 81,769-ton, 1,848-passenger vessel is the third in HAL’s history to bear the Westerdam name. The ship was christened on April 25, 2004, in Venice, Italy, by Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk.
Nov 30, 2011: World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society members name Holland America Line as the Best Overall Cruise Value for the 19th consecutive year for its premium cruise experience. WOCLS is composed of thousands of experienced cruisers who take an average of two cruises a year. The society reviews all cruise lines annually, and… read more of “140 Years Young:…”
Nov. 18, 2011: Porthole Cruise Magazine names Half Moon Cay the Best Private Island in the cruise industry for the 11th consecutive year. Later, Editor-In-Chief Bill Panoff gives HAL the Best On-Board Art Collection Award in Porthole’s Editor’s Awards. Half Moon Cay features 15 private beachfront, air-conditioned cabanas, a natural 700-acre lagoon, a Captain Morgan… read more of “140 Years Young:…”
We have a guest on board Veendam who was a cook on the ss Nieuw Amsterdam in 1956. He even kept his I-95 and his seaman book. When we found out, we organized a chef’s jacket, had it signed by the captain, staff captain, myself, the chef and the culinary operations manager. Than we took… read more of “Once a Cook, Always…”