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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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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.

Beth Bodensteiner is Sr VP at Holland America Line

Beth Bodensteiner

Beth Bodensteiner has been promoted to senior vice president, revenue management for Holland America Line. In this capacity, Bodensteiner will lead the development and execution of all revenue management programs and initiatives that support Holland America Line’s revenue goals. She will report directly to Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Since joining the company more than a decade ago Beth has consistently demonstrated a level of professionalism and expertise that have been instrumental in the company’s planning and decision making,” said Ashford.

Cruise Lines Holland America & Seabourn Gain Ethics Recognition

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, Holland America Line and Seabourn secured their spots on the list by implementing and maintaining upright business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to each company's success, benefit the community and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry. The World's Most Ethical Company awards come on the heels of Holland America Line and Seabourn earning coveted Ethics Inside® Certification from the Ethisphere Institute last year.

Holland America Line's New Ship is ms Koningsdam

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE PINNACLE CLASS SHIP

Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam. While the name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an original in Holland America Line’s 141-year history. Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. Since 1883 every Holland America passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that tradition. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name celebrates the majestic new ship.

Cruise Line to Promote Ocean Conservation On Board

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. Titled "Our Marvelous Oceans," the series was developed to educate Holland America Line guests on important marine conservation issues and feature topics that relate to the oceans around them. The first video in the series introduces these important subjects and the partnership between the Marine Conservation Institute and Holland America Line.

Holland America Line Named 'Marine Environmental Business of the Year'

Holland America Line - Maritime Award

Holland America Line was named the 2014 Marine Environmental Business of the Year by the Port of Seattle. Port commissioner Courtney Gregoire presented the award to Keith Taylor, senior vice president, fleet operations, at the Seattle Propeller Club’s Maritime Festival Lunch held Tuesday, May 13, 2014, aboard Carnival Miracle, which was docked at Port of Seattle. The cruise line was recognized for its efforts to reduce its global environmental footprint through a series of objectives that greatly reduce consumption of fuel and water…

Holland America Line Launches Commuter 'Ships'

Seattle Commuter Light Rail Ship Launch Photo Holland American Line

Holland America Line launched three new commuter “ships” Monday, Jan. 9, that will run on the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle. The trains, which are wrapped to resemble Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will cruise the tracks through April 2017, when the summer cruise season to Alaska begins from the Port of Seattle. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the University of Washington Station, with Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford and Honorary “Captain” Miles Lamb…

Ambassadors Cruise Group Appoints Moore Senior VP

Ambassadors Cruise Group has named cruise industry veteran Diane Moore Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Windstar Cruises and Majestic America Line. Moore will report to David Giersdorf, President, Ambassadors Cruise Group. The appointment is effective April 2007. Ambassadors recently purchased Windstar Cruises from Holland America Line. Moore will be responsible for the planning and implementation of all marketing and sales initiatives for Windstar Cruises' fleet of three luxury sailing vessels and Majestic America Line's fleet of seven river and coastal cruise ships.

Holland America Line's ‘K’s For Kids’ Partnership With Seattle Mariners

Holland America Line

Holland America Line announced their new “K’s for Kids” donation program with the Seattle Mariners in a pre-game ceremony at Safeco Field on May 29. For every strike out recorded by a Mariners pitcher at Safeco Field through the end of the 2014 season, Holland America Line will make a donation to Seattle Children’s Uncompensated Care Fund, with a total commitment of $25,000. For the past three years, Holland America Line has been a significant supporter of both the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Children’s, and the “K’s for Kids” partnership is the latest extension of this relationship.

Holland America Line’s Will Award 'Lucky Fan' 7-Day Cruise

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Holland America Line has launched a “Perfect Day Cruise Sweepstakes” on Facebook that will award one lucky fan a seven-day cruise for two in a verandah stateroom to Europe, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Mexico or Alaska. The sweepstakes runs through June 24, 2014, and the winner will be selected in a random drawing in early July. To enter the contest, new visitors to Holland America Line’s Facebook page must “like” the company. Holland America Line fans click on the “Perfect Day Cruise Sweepstakes” tab and complete the simple entry form.

HAL Converts More Ships to Solvent Free Solutions

Winning Brands Corporation announces that Holland America Line is expanding the use of the Winning Brands' Solvent Free Solutions Team to replace conventional Dry Cleaning systems on two more ships, the ms Volendam and ms Zaandam. The earlier conversion of Holland America Line's flagship ms Rotterdam and four of its other ships to a new garment cleaning technology by the same team entirely eliminated the use of toxic Dry Cleaning solvents. The conversions were completed on time and on budget -- and passed all tests in subsequent cruises. The cruise line is therefore expanding the environmental program with these two additional ships in November 2006. This increases the number of ships Holland America Line will have converted to date to seven.

HAL Ship Makes First Call of Season in Boston

Holland America Line's cruise operations have a significant economic impact on Boston and Massachusetts. Last year that impact totaled $21,429,680m, and in 2006 it is projected to climb slightly to just under$22,000,000 as the ms Maasdam sails to or from Boston on 17 cruises. port fees and taxes, and marketing and sales expenditures in the region. Holland America Line. more than 21,000 guests to the city. ports and fantastic scenery," added Kruse. conclusion of a seven-day cruise between Montreal and Boston. this itinerary through Sept. Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Bar Harbor, Maine. to Boston as a port visit on Oct. to Norfolk. Fares start at US$999 per person, double occupancy. 100 Massachusetts vendors. to vendors who will provide US$1 million worth of marine fuel. Massachusetts. taxicabs.

Holland America Worth $481M to State Economy

Holland America Line contributed $357m to the Seattle economy and $481m to Washington state, mostly stemming from the cruise line's Seattle to Alaska itineraries. Holland America Line has added a fourth ship to the Seattle contingent, which will increase the number of sailings from 61 in 2009 to 69 in 2010. Direct spending in 2009 included $73,424,807 by the company in Seattle including $63,704,926 for payroll and $14,248,260 spent by passengers and crew in shops, restaurants, hotels, museums, local sightseeing attractions and taxicabs. Holland America Line's economic impact includes maintaining a corporate headquarters in Seattle, community giving, local payroll, provisioning ships, passenger spending, crew spending, port fees and taxes, and marketing and sales expenditures in Washington.

Holland America Line & Seabourn names Kammerer is V.P

Mark Kammerer

Mark Kammerer has been named vice president, international marketing and sales for Holland America Line and Seabourn. In this role, he will be responsible for the companies’ sales offices in the U.K., the Netherlands and Australia, as well as Holland America Line and Seabourn’s growing international business. Kammerer will report to Joe Slattery, Holland America Line’s senior vice president, global marketing and sales. “Mark brings incredible knowledge and experience to this position, and his expertise supports the continued growth in our international presence,” said Slattery.

Holland America Bids Farewell to ms Westerdam

Holland America Line will bid a fond farewell to the ms Westerdam on March 10 as the ship leaves its fleet after 643 voyages during a career spanning more than 13 years with the company. "The departure of a ship from our fleet is always a poignant occasion. The Westerdam is a wonderful cruise ship. million guests with many happy memories and it is bitterwseet to bid her farewell," said A. Kirk Lanterman, Holland America Line chairman and CEO. The Westerdam, with 1,347 guests on board, departed from Ft. eight-day Eastern Caribbean cruise visiting Nassau, Bahamas, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and HAL's own private island paradise, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

Keel Laid for Holland America Line’s New Ship

Holland America Line celebrated the keel laying of its new 2,650-guest Pinnacle Class ship on August 22 at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. A 680-ton block was lowered by crane into the yard’s building dock, marking the official beginning of construction. The 99,500-gross-ton ship is scheduled for delivery in February 2016. The event was attended by Holland America Line’s Keith Taylor, senior vice president, fleet operations and Cyril Tatar, vice president, newbuild and technical operations. “The keel laying of our new Pinnacle Class vessel heightens the anticipation for delivery because very soon we’ll see the ship begin to take shape,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. The ship will showcase decors by leading hospitality designer Adam D.

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

Photo courtesy of Radio Holland

Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in line with HAL’s Bridge Resource Management concept. Radio Holland, a supplier, installer and maintainer of maritime electronics, also provided additional equipment including an upgrade of the autopilot interface with the propulsion systems to deliver fuel savings.

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 commercial lines that call at the port and whose environmental efforts are deemed worthy of recognition. “Holland America Line’s commitment to the environment is something we’re very proud of, and to be…

Holland America Line Wins 8 Magellan Awards

HAL wins 8 Magellan Awards

Travel Weekly magazine announced the recipients of its 2014 Magellan Awards, and Holland America Line received eight of the prestigious honors. The line won five gold awards in the categories Restaurant Design for Canaletto Small Plates, Television Commercial for “Breathtaking Meet Impeccable,” Blog for the Holland America Blog, Direct Mail for the 2014 Winter Mariner Magazine and Advertising/Marketing Campaign for Discover HAL’s Alaska. Three silver awards were bestowed on the line for Entertainment and the B.B.

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. The 99,500-ton ship — the 15th in the fleet — is the second Pinnacle Class vessel for Holland America Line, joining sister-ship ms Koningsdam that sailed its first cruise in April 2016. The steel cutting follows a period of design and development for the 2,650-guest ship that will feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations.

HAL Launches ‘Discover Canada & New England’

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Holland America Line launched a “Discover Canada & New England Sweepstakes” that will award five of the line’s Pinterest followers a $500 American Express gift card. The sweepstakes runs through Sept. 20, 2014, and the winners will be selected in a random drawing at the end of September. Participants can visit the Discover Canada & New England tab on Holland America Line’s Facebook page and choose their favorite Canada & New England highlight photo from a selection of six colorful and captivating images.

HAL's Fourth Vista-Class Ship to be Named ms Noordam

Holland America Line has announced that the line's fourth Vista-class ship, scheduled for delivery in January 2006, will be named ms Noordam. The 1,848-passenger ship will be the fourth Holland America Line vessel to sail with the prestigious name. The first ms Noordam joined the Holland America Line fleet in 1902, sailing the Rotterdam-New York run until being damaged by a mine during World War I. In 1938 the Noordam name was then given to one of two new passenger-cargo ships, which offered exclusively first-class accommodations for 148 passengers. The current ms Noordam, delivered in 1984, has sailed on nearly 800 voyages and is widely considered to be one of the most beautifully decorated ships afloat.

Panama Canal's Cruise Season from October 3

Cruise season Photo Courtesy Panama Canal Authorities

The Panama Canal cruise ship season 2015-2016 will officially begin on October 3 with the transit of Costa Luminosa, on a voyage from Italy around the world. “Approximately 220 cruise ships are expected to transit through the Panama Canal during this season that spans from October 2015 to April 2016,” said international trade specialist Albano G. Aguilar of the Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development. Just like previous years, the main cruise lines including Holland America Line…

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