HAL-Holland America Line commemorated its 149th anniversary and moved closer to its 150th milestone in 2023.
In addition to the anniversary, the cruise company will continue the celebrations through early June with the return to service of ms Noordam (April 24), ms Oosterdam (May 8), ms Zaandam (May 12), and ms Westerdam (June 12), bringing the entire Holland America fleet of 11 vessels back in service, as well as the official christening ceremony for ms Rotterdam, which is to be held on May 29 in Rotterdam (Netherlands).
In 2022, Holland America also celebrates 75 years of Alaska exploration.
As one of the most experienced cruise companies in the world, Holland America has become popular for its award-winning service. Today, Holland America operates 11 cruise ships that visit ~400 ports across all 7 continents.
Holland America’s newest ship, ms Rotterdam, was delivered in July 2021, but the official naming ceremony will be held on May 30. Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will serve as the ship’s godmother, carrying on a tradition that started in the 1920s.
MS Rotterdam will depart from Amsterdam (Netherlands) on May 29 on a 7-day “Rotterdam Naming Celebration” voyage that explores the landscapes of Norway. When the cruise ship arrives at Rotterdam on May 30, an official ceremony will be held for invited guests that is to be broadcast throughout the liner. During the cruise, passengers will enjoy special events exclusive to the christening sailing, including a celebratory Gala Dinner and a chance to participate in the blessing of the newbuild’s bell, along with surprises/commemorative gifts.