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Next Signature-Class Ship to Be Named ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Next Signature-Class Ship to Be Named ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America Line will name its next Signature-Class ship and the 15th vessel in its fleet ms Nieuw Amsterdam. Scheduled for delivery in 2010, the 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam is being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. The ship’s interior design and art collection will reflect the glamor and history of New York City —…   read more of “Next…”

From Bartender to Marine Engineer

From Bartender to Marine Engineer

Juvy Margallo, a bartender on board Statendam, began his career with Holland America 12 years ago as a deck boy. Even before joining Holland America Line, Juvy dreamed of being at sea. In 1993 he received a scholarship to the University of Cefu College of Engineering, where he graduated in 1995 with an associate degree…   read more of “From Bartender to…”

Postcards from Hawaii

Postcards from Hawaii

Future Cruise Consultants Denise and Mike Feeney report from ms Rotterdam The Grand World Voyage started out with a tranquil and relaxing crossing to Hawaii. The journey took four days and was characterized by pleasantly cool temperatures ranging from the 50s to the high 60s and long-frequency swells that gave us a constant reminder that…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Diving in Dominica

Diving in Dominica

Dominica is a real jewel of the Caribbean. It has been said that if Christopher Columbus had the opportunity to return to all the places he discovered, he would recognize only Dominica. Why? Because Dominica has kept its primeval environment. Although cruise ships do call to Dominica, it is left untouched by mass tourist consumerism…   read more of “Diving in…”

HAL Recognized for Cruise Ship Weather Reporting

HAL Recognized for Cruise Ship Weather Reporting

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration recently announced that Holland America Line took first place in the 2008 Cruise Ship Company Weather Championship with the 2008 overall statistics listed below. NOAA has a national Voluntary Observing Ship program that is coordinated with other entities to consolidate weather information worldwide. On any given day, volunteer crew…   read more of “HAL Recognized for…”

Welcome to the New Holland America Blog

Welcome to the New Holland America Blog

Welcome to Holland America Line’s new blog. The Holland America Blog Web site will serve as the portal for news and information, images and video, gossip and discussion about Holland America Line and its fleet of 14 ships. Some of you may have migrated over here from the Eurodam News Blog, and others may be…   read more of “Welcome to the New…”

New Server Improves HAB Speed

Apologies for the lack of posts over the past several days. We were switching servers to improve the speed of the Holland America Blog. The switch is now complete, so we’re back on track. If you tried to register so you can post comments and had problems or did not receive the confirmation e-mail, please…   read more of “New Server Improves…”

Statendam Assists Orphanage in Callao, Peru

Statendam Assists Orphanage in Callao, Peru

Six Statendam crew members visited an orphanage in Callao, Peru, before Christmas to deliver six boxes of clothing and shoes they had collected. Executive Chef Franz Schaunig made 100 cookies for the children and shop manager Charlene Armstrong donated pencils and toy boats. Crew attending the visit included Sydney, youth program director; Sharlene, fitness instructor;…   read more of “Statendam Assists…”