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Holland American Line Names 2016 Pinnacle Class Ship MS Koningsdam

posted September 15, 2014

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.  The 2,650-passenger ship is an evolution in design for the line — a new Pinnacle Class — and is being built at Italian shipbuilder 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. The name also pays honor to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.

“In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of the Holland America Group. “This new Pinnacle Class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.”

Holland America Line was founded in the Netherlands in 1873 as the Netherlands-American Steamship Company headquartered in Rotterdam. The original headquarters building still stands today as the Hotel New York on the Wilhelmina Pier, with the company’s European headquarters located nearby.

New design for a new class of ship

When it debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland America Line. At 99,500 gross tons and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, the vessel is the largest ever built for the company. The increased size provides more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam. Familiar spaces and amenities currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet will also be found on the new ship.

To bring a fresh vision to ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line tapped Adam D. Tihany, one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality designers. Tihany joins distinguished maritime designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten who worked with Holland America Line on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Eurodam. The two firms will create a modern and contemporary ambiance while incorporating Holland America Line’s classic hallmarks. 

Source: Holland America Line

Holland America Line’s ms Volendam to Add 21 Lanai Staterooms and Mix Bar

posted June 2, 2014

When Holland America Line’s ms Volendam completes dry-dock in December 2014, the ship will feature 21 new exclusive lanai staterooms, the contemporary bar area Mix and updated bathrooms in all suites and select other stateroom categories. With the conversion of existing outside staterooms to the new lanai accommodations, Volendam’s guest capacity of 1,432 will not change.

The unique lanai accommodations feature large sliding-glass doors with direct access to the Lower Promenade wrap-around teak walking deck. Each lanai stateroom includes reserved deck chairs, and the sliding-glass doors have a one-way mirrored coating to ensure privacy.

 Volendam’s itineraries in Alaska and other scenic parts of the world are ideal for direct promenade deck access and the enhanced views of the popular lanai layout,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest relations. “We’re also making other exciting enhancements to the ship, and adding Mix presents a stylish multi-themed venue for our guests to mingle and enjoy themselves.”

During the dry dock, all suite bathrooms will also be updated to feature new whirlpool bathtubs, stone vanities, lighted mirrors, Grohe fixtures, floors, walls and sinks. Several additional categories, including the Lanai Staterooms, will also receive new bathroom appointments and walk-in showers.

Mix and Mingle in New Branded Theme Space

Volendam’s centrally located bars will be reconfigured to feature Mix, a space that incorporates three specialty theme bars: Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales.

Martinis serves 19 Grey Goose martinis elegantly offered in individual shakers as well as a full range of cocktails. Guests can also enjoy a martini flight made up of several mini martini concoctions. A featured cocktail is Holland America Line’s signature martini, the Yellow Tulip, a mixture of Grey Goose vodka, lychee juice, pineapple juice, guava juice, coconut cream and fresh lime juice.

The bubbly flows at Champagne, which offers a selection of 20 champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. This venue will offer events such as late champagne breakfast, pre-lunch Mimosa and Bellini hour, champagne tea time and pre-dinner champagne hour with caviar canapés.

Spirits & Ales features an international selection of beers and premium whiskeys and brandies sure to impress even the most discerning connoisseur. Here guests can drop by to enjoy a wide array of beers on tap while watching sporting events or relax after some shopping in the nearby boutiques.

Source: HAL News

HAL & Seabourn Named Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute

posted April 22, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Holland America Line, together with sister line Seabourn, was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, a leading business ethics think-tank. The company secured its spot on the list by implementing and maintaining business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to company success and benefit the community.

Named in the Leisure and Hospitality category, Holland America Line/Seabourn is one of 144 total honorees representing 41 industries from around the world.

In selecting World’s Most Ethical Company winners, Ethisphere Institute reviews a candidate’s code of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction history; evaluates the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looks at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studies nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

This is the eighth year Ethisphere has published the World’s Most Ethical Company rankings. Ethisphere reviewed hundreds of companies and evaluated a record number of applications utilizing its proprietary methodology through in-depth research and multistep analysis, naming the companies that surpassed their industry peers to this year's World's Most Ethical Companies list. The 2014 list features companies in more than three dozen industries, including several headquartered outside of the United States.
Read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies at


Possible Norovirus Outbreak on HAL ms Veendam

posted February 25, 2014

The CDC boarded the ms Veendam on February 22 to conduct a health assessment after 114 passengers and 10 crew reported norovirus-like symptoms during an eight-day Caribbean cruise.

Afflicted passengers reported severe vomiting and diarrhea. Holland America crew stepped up sanitation efforts and planned to conduct a thorough ship sanitation once reaching port in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Stool samples were collected and sent to the CDC for testing. The ms Veendam experienced an e. Coli outbreak in May of last year.

Three other ships have experience norovirus outbreaks since January, with the most notable being Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, which returned to port early after a large number of passengers and crew were afflicted.


Crew Worker Accused of Rape and Attempted Murder of HAL Passenger

posted February 19, 2014

A Holland America crew member was taken into custody in Port Everglades Sunday morning after sexually assaulting a 31-year-old passenger in her stateroom on Valentine's Day.

The incident occurred during the early hours of Friday on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam during a seven-day Caribbean cruise. Indonesian citizen Ketut Pujayasa, 28, faces federally charges of aggravated sexual abuse and attempted murder. According to the FBI, Pujayasa attacked the woman because she had insulted him earlier. He used his master key to gain access to the stateroom and hid on the balcony. When the woman returned, Pujayasa violently attacked and raped the passenger before attempting to throw her overboard. The woman escaped and received help from another passenger.

The victim was treated in the onboard medical center before disembarking in Honduras where she was transferred to a U.S. hospital by air. Pujayasa has been fired and was taken into FBI custody when the ship returned to Port Everglades in Florida.

In a statement, Holland America says:

“We are terribly saddened by the senseless assault that took place on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam this past Friday, Feb. 14. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and her family during this difficult time,” Holland America Line said. “While no words can adequately express our shock at this event, this has shaken the entire Holland America family to our very core. We continue to work closely with authorities to understand how this incident occurred and what additional actions we can take to help ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”


Passenger overboard from ms Veendam

posted January 8,2014

News outlets on the West Coast are reporting a passenger possibly overboard from Holland America's ms Veendam as it headed for San Diego on January 3, 2014.

FBI agents met the cruise ship when it returned to port to conduct an investigation. Medical examiners rules the death a suicide.

According to reports, cruise ship passengers reported an elderly Canadian woman leaned over the rail to possibly jump, but may have changed her mind and slipped as she tried to return to her balcony.

Passengers say the ship did stop and the "man overboard" announcement was called on the speakers. The woman was pulled from the water two hours later without life signs.

Read more about the overboard incident here.

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