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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…”

Remembering Westerdam’s Dedication Ceremony

Remembering Westerdam’s Dedication Ceremony

Paul Allen sent us this nostalgic look back at the unique dedication ceremony of Westerdam a few years ago: The Westerdam was “born” in Venice, as were many of the other Holland America Line ships. Thirteen of the 14 HAL ships have been built at the Fincantieri Shipyard at Marghera, just across the lagoon on…   read more of “Remembering…”

Maasdam’s Crew Aid the Children of St. Kitts

Maasdam’s Crew Aid the Children of St. Kitts

Team Maasdam has taken a special interest in a children’s home in St. Kitts where the ship calls regularly. Recognizing the need and desiring to make a difference in the communities where they sail, crew members provided the kids with a memorable holiday. The facility was opened in 1952 for the care of abandoned and…   read more of “Maasdam’s…”

Postcards from Grand Turk

Postcards from Grand Turk

Eurodam is calling at Grand Turk today, and these photos were taken by passenger John Majors on his recent cruise. Another beautiful day! Grand Turk from above. You can see the pool at Margaritaville (left), the Grand Turk Cruise Center (right) and the beach that has become very popular with the guests. A closer view…   read more of “Postcards from…”

Veendam, FCCA Brighten Costa Maya Holidays

Veendam, FCCA Brighten Costa Maya Holidays

Veendam’s visit to Costa Maya, Mexico, Dec. 19th was designated for the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association’s Holiday Gift Project. Since Mexican law prohibits the offloading of U.S.-purchased gifts in a Mexican port, organizers in Costa Maya purchased gifts for 200 children locally and FCCA reimbursed them. Volunteers from Veendam assisted with gift distribution and interacted…   read more of “Veendam, FCCA…”