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Rotterdam Departs Amsterdam on Her Maiden Voyage

Rotterdam Departs Amsterdam on Her Maiden Voyage

Yesterday, our new Rotterdam departed on her maiden voyage! The ship’s arrival has been long-awaited, and we are excited that she’s finally underway! The milestone was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and fanfare at the terminal as guests embarked. Guests Rick Encarnacion and Ernest Schenk cut the ribbon to open boarding, surrounded by (from left)…   read more of “Rotterdam Departs…”

Sea of Glamour: Guest Spotlight on Kandes Bregman

Sea of Glamour: Guest Spotlight on Kandes Bregman

Paul Thornton, author of “The Joy of Cruising”, has a new book out called “Cruising Interrupted”, and in it he features Holland America Line guest Kandes Bregman. Paul and Kandes have granted us permission to share an excerpt of Kandes’ chapter to give a glimpse into her passion for cruising and Holland America Line. Enjoy…   read more of “Sea of Glamour:…”

Saying ‘Bon Voyage’ to Two Grand Voyages in Style

Saying ‘Bon Voyage’ to Two Grand Voyages in Style

January is always an exciting month for Holland America Line as two Grand Voyages depart, and this year they set sail a day apart from Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades terminal: Prinsendam on her 68-day Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage on January 3 and Amsterdam on her 113-day Grand World Voyage that departed on January…   read more of “Saying ‘Bon…”

Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft Celebrates 40 Years With Holland America Line

Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft Celebrates 40 Years With Holland America Line

On May 25, 1977, American audiences got their first look at a sci-fi movie called Star Wars. Forty years later, the original film is still relevant – in fact, it’s iconic. It’s an apt comparison to the career of Gerald Bernhoft, who currently serves as director of Holland America Line’s Mariner Society. Gerald started his…   read more of “Director Mariner…”

Orlando Ashford Joins the Grand World Voyage for Annual ‘President’s Event’

Orlando Ashford Joins the Grand World Voyage for Annual ‘President’s Event’

Gerald Bernhoft, Holland America Line’s director Mariner Society, recently traveled to Asia to join Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage for the annual President’s Event. He sent in this recap of the event and the surrounding days, including the surprise snow in South Korea! —– The elegant ms Amsterdam was the scene for Holland America Line’s annual…   read more of “Orlando Ashford…”

Cruise Diary from a Collectors’ Voyage: Following the Footsteps of the Vikings

Cruise Diary from a Collectors’ Voyage: Following the Footsteps of the Vikings

Holland America Line Mariners and frequent cruisers Jan and Dick Yetke set sail July 25 on Veendam’s “Voyage of the Vikings” Collectors’ Voyage that cruises from Boston, Massachusetts, to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and back. Collectors’ Voyages combine back-to-back itineraries into one, longer cruise, and this is one of our most popular. Come along with Jan…   read more of “Cruise Diary from a…”