Holland America Line was founded in 1873 under the name of Netherlands-America Steamship Company (NASM), a shipping and passenger line. Because its headquarters was located in Rotterdam and provided service to the United States, it became known as Holland America Line (HAL). At age 25, Holland America Line owned a fleet of six cargo ships and passenger and also provided services between the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies. Until well into the century, the line was mainly carrier of immigrants from Europe to the United States, transporting 850,000 immigrants to their new lives in the New World.
Though transportation and shipping were the main sources of income, in 1895 the company offered its first vacation cruise. In 1973, the company sold its cargo shipping division. In 1989, HAL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise ship company. At present, the leading cruise company operates 15 ships to five continents and carries nearly 800,000 cruise passengers annually.
If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, then came to the right place. We are committed to our mission: through excellence, we create unique experiences in life, again and again.
Currently, the Holland America Line fleet, comprising 15 elegant mid-sized ships offers more than 500 departures each year visiting five continents. Cruises include both popular and less visited ports and ports located in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand and Asia – as well as unique voyages to the Amazon, Antarctica and our great trips extended. In addition to attractive destinations, we offer unique programs such as cooking demonstrations thanks to the Culinary Arts Center, the Digital Workshop powered by Windows® and the collections of Holland America Line, specially chosen shore excursions to further enhance our guests’ appreciation and knowledge of the places they visit.
Holland America Line has a long and proud history of providing extraordinary vacation experiences and our recent commitment of $ 500 million Signature of Excellence ®, that experience is now better than ever. The Signature of Excellence enhancements encompass virtually every area of our ships and range from new facilities and public spaces to additional services and amenities.
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