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Celebrating King’s Day with Orange Party Memories

April 27 is King’s Day in the Netherlands, a traditional holiday held each year to honor the birthday of the reigning Dutch monarch. At Holland America Line, we take great joy in celebrating King’s Day each year given our roots in the Netherlands and ties to its royal family. In recognition of this, King’s Day is celebrated across our fleet. The festivities kick off with a special King’s Day Afternoon Tea featuring Dutch delicacies such as poffertjes, mini-pancakes dusted with powdered sugar, and tompouces, layered puff-pastry desserts with orange icing.

As King’s Day is known for being a celebration of the color orange in Holland in honor of the House of Orange-Nassau, the evening brings our Orange Party where guests and crew don their best orange attire for a night of music, dancing and specialty cocktails, along with a King’s Day Orange Deck Party. Every cruise year-round actually has an Orange Party — inspired by King’s Day celebrations — and guests receive an email prior to departure inviting them to bring orange attire to wear to the festivities.

As we didn’t celebrate King’s Day on board this year or last, we asked our Facebook fans to send in their favorite Orange Party photos so we could look forward to the coming days when we’ll be able to celebrate King’s Day together on board and once again hold Orange Parties.

Anne Deacon and her friend on Koningsdam.

Anne Deacon sent in this photo from Koningsdam.

From left: Esther Cooke on the Grand World Voyage 2019 with Dutch friends and Joanne Fritch.

From left: Esther Cooke on the Grand World Voyage 2019 with Dutch friends; Joanne Fritch.

Four stylish and chic guests, sent in by Deb.

Four stylish and chic guests, sent in by Deb.

From left: photos by Diane Diotte and Debra and Michael Pontius.

From left: photos by Diane Diotte; Debra and Michael Pontius.

Photo from Heather McLennan.

Photo from Heather McLennan.

Leslee Lunman and her dining room stewards.

Leslee Lunman and her dining room stewards.

From left: Janiel Izquierdo and friends, and a photo by Liz Knight.

From left: Janiel Izquierdo and friends; a photo by Liz Knight.

Pat Hendrickson and friends looking fabulous on Nieuw Statendam's maiden voyage.

Pat Hendrickson and friends looking fabulous on Nieuw Statendam’s maiden voyage.

From left: Kenneth Dick's exclusive King's Day Heineken bottle and a Wang Wang from Scott Singer.

From left: Kenneth Dick’s exclusive King’s Day Heineken bottle and a Wang Wang from Scott Singer.

Taken aboard Zuiderdam with the captain, sent in by Scott Peterson.

Taken aboard Zuiderdam with the captain, sent in by Scott Peterson.

From left: Yvonne De Nooy Ryan in Alaska on Maasdam; Putri Permatasari looking stylish in her orange glasses!

Wherever you are in the world this King’s Day, we wish you a day filled with all-things orange. Proost!

5 Comments
  • Jan

    Just to let You know, that in the Netherlands not everybody likes the Monarchy (only 58 percent does)
    There are many Republicans, who hate this Orange Theater

  • Elaine

    We bought our orange shirts and Cruise was cancelled then Covid arrived.

    We have a 17 night Panama Canal April 7-26. (ft Lauderdale to San Diego).

    Will you returning to having an an Orange Party in 2022, the whole month of April or only on April 27.

    Thank you ever so much.

  • Julie

    Hi Elaine, currently we are not having Orange Parties, but please check back closer to your cruise to see if they have restarted.

  • Elaine

    Hi Julie
    Am getting back to find out about Kings Night 2022. Are you planning anything?
    There has been a lot of discrepancies regarding. Orange Club, they think it’s for them and am wondering about a party. The post is on HAL Mariners Facebook.
    (Is HAL still doing the orange party? We leave in 9 days and wonder if I need an orange outfit?)

  • Julie

    Hi Elaine, King’s Day planning isn’t done yet, so I don’t have an answer for that. As for the Orange Parties, they are for EVERYONE, not just Orange Club members. Due to COVID they are not happening at the moment, but that could change any day. Please call ship services before you leave to check.

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