Good news for Dutch cruise lovers and ship spotters! Maritime information and service provider Royal Dirkzwager is providing arrival and departing times of cruise ships in the port of Rotterdam by text messaging (SMS). “With our Cruise SMS you’ll never miss a ship,” the company promises. Every cruise ship sailing in or out the Port… read more of “Never Miss a Ship…”
Another addition to Veendam in the Signature of Excellence renovations is the Explorations Café. This cyber-coffee house is powered by “The New York Times” and has computers, music listening stations, a library, comfortable loungers, puzzles and coffee bar so guests can relax, unwind and catch up with world news.
Miranda van Heusden, recruitment assistant, sent this photo of the recruitment team at the Maritime and Offshore Career Event — one of the Netherlands”s biggest events for maritime employment. Holland America Line was the only employer representing the cruise industry and the team focused on recruiting deck and engine officers with hopes of welcoming a… read more of “Recruiting Crew in…”
We had question from a reader who is sailing in Alaska this summer and wants to know if the Microsoft Digital Workshop will be on board. Here’s the schedule of implementation on the ships: ms Zaandam, Jan 21, 2009, in Hawaii ms Maasdam, Jan 30, 2009, in Caribbean ms Zuiderdam, Feb 17, 2009, in Caribbean… read more of “Digital Workshops…”
Hans Janssen sent us this great photo of Amsterdam in Victoria, B.C. It was the last port of call on his 39-day cruise from Rio de Janiero. Here’s his note in the original Dutch: Bijgaande foto heb ik gemaakt op de avond van de 23e april. We lagen toen in Victoria Canada, de laatste aanloophaven… read more of “Postcard from…”
From left: Dawson City, Skagway and Beaver Creek. Did you know that Holland America Line operates 10 hotels in Alaska? Well it’s true. Westmark Hotels have long been a part of the Holland America Line Signature of Excellence program in Alaska. Five of the nine hotels are open year-round. They are in Anchorage, Sitka, Whitehorse,… read more of “Holland America…”
Greetings from your birthplace and home port Rotterdam! Ben van Zeijl
Tomorrow marks the 136th anniversary of the founding of the company that would eventually become today’s Holland America Line. Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij, or N.A.S.M., was founded April 18, 1873, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Happy 136th, Holland America Line! The line’s first ship was 1,694-ton, 296-passenger Rotterdam I, that was built in 1872 and entered… read more of “HAPPY BIRTHDAY…”