Holland America unveils 150th anniversary plans

On April 18, 2023, Holland America Line celebrates its 150th anniversary and the cruise line has announced that it is planning special events and activities, including two commemorative transatlantic crossings.

Today, the April 4, 2023 crossing is open for booking, while the October 15, 2022 departure has limited space.

During the October and April 150th Anniversary Transatlantic Sailings, Holland America Line is planning memorable experiences that will incorporate company history into menus, activities, entertainment, special guest speakers and more. the company said in a press release.

“A milestone like a 150th anniversary doesn’t happen often for most companies, and our celebrations will bring our incredible century and a half of history to life,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “Holland America Line has touched the lives of millions of people over the years, whether it’s bringing them to a new life in America or providing them with unique vacations. We have some truly special experiences planned over the next few months. to honor our heritage.

Crossing on Oct. 15, 15 nights: Rotterdam VII will leave Rotterdam, the Netherlands, exactly 150 years after the date of the departure of the maiden voyage of Rotterdam I, which took place before the incorporation of the company. The crossing will recreate Holland America Line’s first sailing, departing from Rotterdam and visiting Plymouth, England, and Le Havre (Paris), France, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to New York for a rare overnight stopover; then he sails to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

April 4 crossing, 16 nights: Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Rotterdam heads to New York for an overnight stopover; it will then spend eight days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean, calling at Plymouth and Dover (London), England, before arriving on April 18 — Holland America Line’s 150th anniversary — in Rotterdam for a night full of festivities .

Anniversary event in New York: Holland America Line will begin its 150th anniversary with a special ceremony aboard Rotterdam when the ship spends the night in New York on October 26, 2022, including a memorable stage performance to mark the historic night.

Rotterdam Welcome: When Rotterdam arrives in Rotterdam in the Netherlands on April 18, 2023, the ship will receive a grand welcome on the occasion of its 150th anniversary in the city of the company’s founding. During the overnight call, the guests and the city of Rotterdam will help mark this historic milestone with an evening on board.

Additional special anniversary themed cruises: The anniversary year will include specially marketed cruises that will help relive Holland America Line’s history of exploration through unique ports visited. Cruise dates will be announced in the coming months and will include special programming for each voyage.
Retail Merchandise: Limited-edition items specially designed for the 150th anniversary will be available in onboard shops.

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