Holland America Line reveals plans to mark its 150th anniversary

Holland America Line celebrates its 150th anniversary on April 18, 2023, making it one of the oldest cruise lines in the world. To commemorate the milestone, the cruise line is planning special events and activities, including two commemorative transatlantic crossings.

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

During the 150th anniversary transatlantic crossings in October and April, Holland America Line is planning unforgettable experiences that will weave the company’s history through menus, activities, entertainment, special guest speakers, and more.

“A milestone like the 150th anniversary doesn’t happen often for most companies, and our celebrations will bring to life our incredible history that spans a century and a half,” 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 giving them a new life in America or giving them a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. We have some truly special experiences planned for the next few months to honor our legacy.”

150th Anniversary Commemorative Celebrations:

Sailing on October 15, 15 nights: Rotterdam VII will set sail from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, exactly 150 years to the date of Rotterdam I’s departure on her maiden voyage, which took place before the company was incorporated. The crossing will recreate the inaugural voyage of the Holland America Line, departing from Rotterdam and visiting Plymouth, England, and Le Havre (Paris), France, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to New York for a rare overnight stop; then sail to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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

During the voyage, passengers will enjoy a number of experiences, including commemorative historic menus and cocktails that offer a taste of the brand’s history, live music with special performances by guest artists, and presentations that bring the history and Holland America Line roots. , and an Olympic-style event with classic sports cruisers. activities and games.

New York Anniversary Event: Holland America Line will kick off its 150th anniversary with a special ceremony in Rotterdam when the ship spends the night in New York on October 26, 2022, including an unforgettable stage performance to commemorate the historic night.

Welcome to Rotterdam: When Rotterdam arrives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on April 18, 2023, the ship will receive a grand welcome on her 150th birthday in the city where the company was founded. During the overnight stopover, guests and the city of Rotterdam will help mark this historic milestone with an evening event on board.