From its start 134 years ago as a Rotterdam-based shipping firm, Holland America Line opened an office in Rotterdam. The Seattle-based cruise line returns by opening a sales and marketing office. Located in the Kop van Zuid section of Rotterdam on Wilhelmina Pier, the new office will eventually house approximately 30 Holland America Line staff members, responsible for shipboard hiring, purchasing, and sales and marketing. The new office is only 100 meters from the site of Holland America Line’s original office on Wilhelmina Pier in what is now Hotel New York. Manuel van Engelen, Holland America Line director of sales for the Netherlands, manages the new Rotterdam sales and marketing division, supervising the creation and management of Holland America Line’s Dutch market activities. Holland America Line intends to increase its visibility in the Rotterdam community with a program to develop community involvement opportunities in such events as the Maritime Museum, the Ronald McDonald House and more. City officials welcome the prospect of Holland America’s participation in city events and activities.
Holland America Line with Marine Conservation Institute debut fleetwide video series for passenger edification In collaboration with the Marine Conservation Institute – a national and globally focused nonprofit organization based in Washington State dedicated to maintaining healthy, living oceans – Holland America Line will debut an in-stateroom video series onboard all its 15 cruise ships highlighting the importance of ocean conservation.
Majestic America Line said that it plans upgrades to its entire fleet of cruise ships next year. Majestic established a Midwest operations office in St. Louis this fall. State room upgrades on the company's seven ships will include upgraded mattresses and linens, massage shower heads, and spa-quality robes and toiletries. Flat screen televisions with DVD players will be added on the American Queen, Mississippi Queen and Contessa ships.
Holland America Line will hold the official naming ceremony for it's first Signature-class ship, ms Eurodam, July 1, 2008, in Rotterdam, the city where the 135-year-old Dutch company was founded. Naming ceremonies will be held near the company's original headquarters, which now operates as the Hotel New York. Numerous events and activities are being planned to showcase the vessel to key stakeholders, including past guests, travel agents, former employees, local dignitaries, media and others
In recognition of its measurable efforts to reduce its environmental footprint both at sea and in port, Holland America Line has been selected as the 2010 Marine Environmental Business of the Year by the Port of Seattle and the Seattle Propeller Club. "We applaud and congratulate Holland America Line in winning the 2010 Marine Environmental Business of the Year Award," said Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani
Holland America Line offers extensive South America cruise program this year, next. Guests looking for vibrant ports of call, historical adventures and an extreme range of climates can chart a southerly course to South America aboard three Holland America Line ships come fall 2012. ms Veendam, ms Maasdam and ms Prinsendam head to South America on a series of cruise expeditions featuring exceptional scenic cruising around the continent.
Holland America Line has hired Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri Cantieri Navali SpA to build two new 84,000-ton cruise ships for about $400 million each. The ships are expected to sail in the fall of 2002 and summer of 2003, and Holland America has reserved the right to order up to three sister ships for delivery from 2003 to 2005. The 1,800-passenger vessels will feature exterior elevators that provide guests with panoramic sea views, large cabins, art collections
Majestic America Line American Queen will debut on March 9, 2007 On March 9, 2007, the American Queen, will make its debut as the flagship vessel for Majestic America Line. In 2007 the American Queen will cruise the mighty Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, showcasing our nation's rich tapestry of breathtaking natural beauty, distinct regional cultures and vibrant history for an extraordinary American experience guests will treasure for years to come
Holland America Line receives second Benkert Award for its marine environmental initiatives as U.S. Coast Guard award recognizes line's fleetwide efforts At a recent ceremony, Holland America Line was presented a gold 2012 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award from the U.S. Coast Guard in recognition of the line's environmental leadership and for successfully achieving several environmental objectives established by the company that exceed standard regulation
Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Institute grants support historical ecology research in order to predict ocean future Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Institute announced the recipients of the 2012 Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology. Funded through a partnership between Marine Conservation Institute and Holland America Line
Extension of Berth No.1 at Kiel’s Ostuferhafen has started. The Port of Kiel – third largest turnaround port for cruises in northern Europe - is expanding its handling capacities for cruise ships. Construction work for the extension of Berth No
“AIDAcara” is first to call at the Ostseekai Terminal. The 2013 cruise shipping year opened in Kiel on April 13 when the first ship of the season, AIDAcara, arrived at the Ostseekai from Dover. She berthed at around 0900 at the cruise shipping terminal after earlier being treated to
The company's new Pinnacle-class cruise ship to feature interiors designed by two leading firms. Holland America Line has selected two design companies to create the interior spaces of the line's new 99,000-ton ship that is slated for delivery in February 2016
The Port of San Diego to welcome 3 cruise ships on Tuesday, May 7, bringing thousands of passengers to the port city. Two of the vessels, the Celebrity Solstice and the Oceania Regatta , will be making their inaugural visits to the Port of San Diego
Holland America Line and Seabourn have been listed as two of the world's most ethical operators by Ethisphere Institute. This is the first year that the companies have been honored for promoting the highest of ethical standards. Out of a record number of nominations for the award
Lance Camarena joined Holland America Line and Seabourn as director, fleet training and performance management. He is responsible for the fleet training program of deck and engine staff, performance management and developing technology solutions that support fleet performance
CMA CGM carried volume grew by 13.4% year-on-year to 2.6 million teus in the first quarter of 2012, while consolidated revenue increased by 2.6% to $3.6 billion during the period. The first quarter was particularly difficult for the maritime container shipping industry
Harmony Cruise, Korea’s newest cruise operator, has chosen Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) to provide ships agency services at ports on its Japan itinerary. Harmony Cruise was launched in February 2012 by Seoul-based Polaris Shipping
Holland America Line's 'Volendam' rescues 70 stranded sightseers in Glacier Bay, Alaska. While en route to Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska, Holland America Line's Volendam rescued 70 persons from a disabled sightseeing boat, having responded to a distress call from the 79-foot
Swiss watchmaker Hublot has been appointed as official timekeeper aboard Seabourn cruise ships. Seabourn guests on board the line's six cruise ships will now be kept abreast of the current ship's time by means of Hublot wall clocks. Seabourn Quest Captain Geir-Arne Thue Nilsen welcomed
Carnival Corporation & plc orders new ships, one each for Its Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines brands. A memorandum of agreement has been signed with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of a 2,660-passenger ship for Holland America Line scheduled for delivery
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has announced the appointment of John Sanford as Technical Sales Manager for Safety covering the Americas. Andrew Sheriff, Business Director Safety said: “Getting the right people and competence in place is critical in the changing market place today
7 heads of leading cruise lines are set to discuss the industry's current trends & future direction at the State of the Industry session. The session is slated for Tuesday, March 12, at the 29th annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference also featuring Christine Duffy
For the third consecutive year, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. According to the Ethisphere, this recognition highlights companies that outperform industry peers by embracing ethical business practices and
April 24-26 event in San Francisco to cover new developments and opportunities in cruise management, planning and compliance The American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2013 Cruise Seminar in San Francisco, April 24-26, will kick off with a candid look inside the cruise industry