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…”
Zaandam Crew Purser Myles Williams sent in these patriotic shots of the crew casting their absentee ballots for Indonesia’s parliamentary election day. The Indonesian elections are every five years, and this year they will be held April 9. All ballots must be mailed to the Vancouver consulate by this date. Fauzi Daud at Holland America… read more of “Indonesian Crew…”
Helmet cameras are now available for rent at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private island in the Bahamas. The cameras are very lightweight, waterproof and can be mounted on any hat, visor, bike helmet or snorkel mask. It is a hands-free camera and records up to 90 minutes of “what you see” DVD-quality footage…. read more of “Do You See What I…”
Prinsendam’s Hotel Manager, Francois, sent us these beautiful pictures from the South America Grand Voyage Show Buffet. Executive Chef Pedro Lontoc and the Prinsendam “kitchen brigade” created a world of culinary delights amid an ice menagerie; a feast for both the palate and the eyes.
Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line, was presented with two separate awards while he was in Miami, Fla., last week attending the Cruise Shipping Miami convention. Holland America Line President and CEO Stein Kruse (left) accepted the 2009 Cruise Vision Award from St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe at a ceremony at the… read more of “Stein Kruse Accepts…”
Hi Roland and HAL Blog friends, Just wanted to let you know (in case you would like to share with the HAL Blog readers) that in 1 month and 12 days Dutch By Association (DBA) has celebrated 10,000 hits. Reader support has been outstanding and I hope to celebrate 100,000 hits before you know it…. read more of “Milestone Reached…”
We received this from a guest who is going to write his own blog while aboard Volendam. On the 19th of March we are cruising on the HAL “Volendam” from Sydney to Singapore. A sixteen day cruise. Watch this blog we may stay on longer. Pictured below is the old “Volendam” that I arrived in… read more of “Our Guests Are…”
Elmar Cueto, a GPA pantry on board Statendam on his first Holland America Line contract, was just named employee of the month for February. Cueto, a 27-year-old from a mid-size town in the southern Philippines, hopes to one day become a chef de partie. He’s also excited that Holland America will gives him the opportunity… read more of “Cueto Is…”