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Holland America Line Opens Rotterdam Office

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.


Cruise Line to Promote Ocean Conservation On Board

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.


Steel Cut for Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone today as the first steel was cut for ms Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018. The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and the block being built there will later be moved to the Marghera yard where the ship will be constructed. Holland America Group’s Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations Keith Taylor was at the yard for the event.


Holland America Line $4.3 mi Aid to fight Cancer

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  In honor of World Cancer Day, Holland America Line announced that to date, the guests and employees of the company have raised more than $4.3 million for cancer support through “On Deck” programming that began in 2006. Currently, the “On Deck for a Cause” program benefits six international cancer organizations located in the United States, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom.  


Majestic to Upgrade Cruise Ships

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 Marine Environmental Biz if the Year

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 Creating Marine Protection Awareness

To Build a Global Ocean Refuge System

  As part of its “Our Marvelous Oceans” partnership with Marine Conservation Institute, Holland America Line has created a new program that highlights and educates guests and crew about marine protected areas around the world.   Developed with the team at Marine Conservation Institute, the program will educate guests and crew through on-board presentations by shipboard personnel. Topics will cover what a marine protected area is and how to visit one without causing


ms Veendam Rescues Pilot Off Maui Coast, Hawaii

Holland American Lines ms Veendam to the rescue of pilot

  On Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 5:21 p.m. local time while en route to Lahaina, Hawaii, Holland America Line’s ms Veendam answered a request for assistance from the United States Coast Guard to rescue a pilot who had ditched his single-engine Cirrus SR-22 after he experienced a mechanical issue with the fuel system. The pilot was located approximately 225 nautical miles off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. In partnership with the U.S


Cruise Line Offers South America Program

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's to Name New Ship in Rotterdam

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


Bridges Refit on Two Holland America Line Ships

New Bridge on board of the M/S Oosterdam (Photo: Radio Holland)

Two major bridge refit contracts have been completed by Radio Holland USA on Holland America Line’s cruise ships Oosterdam and Prinsendam.   The bridge refit on board the M/S Oosterdam was concluded in Palermo, Sicily in early May


FAL Engages Inland Marine Service for Marine Operations

Photo courtesy of French American Line

French America Line, the newest U.S. cruise line that begins sailing five- to 10-day cruise itineraries aboard its intimate 75-stateroom flagship Louisiane in August, has engaged Inland Marine Service to handle all of its marine operations.  


Holland America Line Kicks off Seattle's Record Cruise Season

The Nieuw Amsterdam arrives in Seattle on April 29, 2016 to kick off the 2016 cruise season

The Port of Seattle begins the 2016 cruise season welcoming the first ship call, Holland America Cruise Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Larger vessels and more cruises will make this the biggest cruise season ever with nearly one million revenue passengers


Seattle Port's Green Gateway Award for Holland America Line

Holland American Line

The Port of Seattle presented Holland America Line with its sixth consecutive Green Gateway Award. The Port of Seattle also presented Seattle’s hometown cruise line with the Technology Innovator award.   The Port of Seattle presents the Green Gateway Awards annually to cruise and


Haifa Port Seeks to Attract Cruise Lines

Haifa Port in Israel is implementing a long-term plan amiing to entice cruise lines back to the "Gateway to the Holy Land" in consultation with Miami-based Access Cruise Inc., which provides sales and marketing representation to the cruise industry.  


Strong Cruise Season Marks Canada Place’s 30th Anniversary

Star Princess at Canada Place (Photo: Port Metro Vancouver)

Port Metro Vancouver’s 2016 cruise season officially kicks off today with the arrival of the Star Princess at Canada Place. Vancouver expects to welcome approximately 830,000 passengers on 228 calls, reflecting a forecasted 3 percent increase in passenger volume over 2015.  


Fincantieri Bags 5 Cruise Ships Order from Carnival

Fincantieri, leader in cruise ship design and construction, and Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company, have finalized the contracts for the construction of five next-generation passenger ships.

Following on a March 2015 agreement and a memorandum of agreement last December, Fincantieri, a leader in cruise ship design and construction, and Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company, have finalized contracts for the construction of five next-generation


Holland America Line Celebrates Official Handover of 'Koningsdam'

Official Handling over of ms Koningsdam Holland America Line

Holland America Line celebrated the delivery of ms Koningsdam with an official Handover Ceremony, luncheon and shipyard workers party aboard the ship Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.   In attendance at the ceremony was Italy’s Minister of


Fincantieri Delivers Koningsdam to Holland America Line

Koningsdam (Photo: Fincantieri

 Holland America Line’s newest ship Koningsdam was delivered today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera. The new ship will officially be presented on Saturday April 2 in a Handover Ceremony.   At 99,800 gross tons, almost 300 meters long, with accommodation for up to 2


CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin Inaugrated in Long Beach

Benjamin Franklin (Photo: CMA CGM)

Shipping group CMA CGM announced that the 18,000 TEU capacity CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, the largest vessel ever to call the United States, will be inaugurated today in Long Beach, Calif. in the presence of Jacques R. Saadé, CMA CGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  


Holland America Line Appoints Durante VP, HR

Holland America Line Appoints Margaret Durante to Vice President, Human Resources Photo Holland America Line

Holland America Line has appointed Margaret Durante to the position of vice president, human resources. In this newly created role she will lead the company’s human resources department in enhancing the employee experience. She also will have responsibilities for other Carnival Corporation


Ri'chard Joins Holland America Line as Director

Denella Ri’chard, Director, Trade Communication and Engagement Photo Holland American Lines

Holland America Line has appointed Denella Ri’chard to the position of director, trade communication and engagement. In this newly created role she is responsible for supporting travel agent partners worldwide, with particular focus on the United States and Canada


Cruise Repair to Keep GBSL Busy in 2016

Allure of the Seas docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard for repair work in 2014 (Photo: GBSL)

Repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) is in store for a busy year, with 20 cruise vessels booked for repair, maintenance and overhaul work in 2016. The scope of projects includes propulsion and technical systems overhaul, accommodations and public space upgrades and the addition of


New Orleans Port Tops 1M Passengers Again

Cruise ships at the Port of New Orleans Julia and Erato Street cruise terminals, located steps from the historic French Quarter Photo Port NOLA

  Port of New Orleans cruise terminals handled more than 1-million passengers in 2015, totaling 1,023,700, up 1 percent compared to 2014. The total marks the fifth consecutive record year and with new and larger ships on tap for 2016, Port officials expect another robust cruise season.


Carnival Corp. to Launch Four New Ships in 2016

ms Koningsdam (Photo: Holland America Line)

Eyeing expanding global cruise market, four of Carnival Corporation’s 10 brands prepare to add new ships in 2016   Carnival Corporation & plc will launch four new ships in 2016 across four of its global cruise brands. These additions are part of the 17 ships scheduled for delivery






 
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