Finally, a date is set for the official opening of the ss Rotterdam, the former Holland America Line flagship that is moored in the Port of Rotterdam. On Monday, February 15, doors will be opened for visitors. Two weeks prior to the official opening, on January 31, former HAL employees can have an exclusive look… read more of “ss Rotterdam to…”
On Dec. 14, construction on the Netherlands’ largest building project ever began. Dubbed De Rotterdam, the project is named after Holland America Line’s ss Rotterdam, which in decades past used to depart from the Wilhelminapier carrying thousands of European emigrants to the U.S. The line’s current ms Rotterdam flagship calls at Rotterdam during the summer… read more of “Rotterdam’s…”
This December, Holland America’s CEO Stein Kruse and hundreds of volunteers put on their hairnets and plastic aprons and rolled up their sleeves to volunteer with the Northwest Harvest organization, a statewide hunger-relief agency that distributes food to a network of independent food banks around Washington State. This is the second year HAL has participated… read more of “Cool Beans! HAL…”
Fore all on HALBlog, Ben van Zeijl is a Holland America Line fan and historian living in Rotterdam.
Best wishes from Nicoline de Vendt & Aad Hoogesteger
Here in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, Nov. 26. While it was originally a day of fasting and worship, over the decades it has changed into a day of feasting, family and, go figure, American football. We here at Holland America Blog plan to spend the day with family and friends, and… read more of “Happy…”
After 36 years of loyal service with HAL, chief housekeeper Pak Soeparno is retiring. Soerparno holds the record for the longest-serving chief housekeeper from Indonesia. He has been a valuable employee for the company, having worked on almost all the ships in the HAL fleet. When asked what is his secret to success, he replied,… read more of “Goodbye After 36…”
Steve Kirsch, Holland America Line’s director of culinary operations, sent in these delicious photos and a note about the new afternoon Cupcake Tea service being offered on HAL ships. Tea is a beverage that crosses cultures and has grown in popularity over the last few years. The Cupcake Tea, held once each cruise, originated with… read more of “Afternoon Tea and…”