Holland America Line celebrated the start of their company last week, which took place 140 years ago in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on April 18, 1873. They are showing their pride in their rich history with special events in their offices and on their ships around the world.
From humble beginnings as a shipping company, to their role in history bringing nearly a million immigrants to the new world, to their position today as a recognized leader in the cruise industry, they can all be proud to be part of this successful brand with such a rich heritage. With their new Pinnacle-class ship on the horizon, they can look forward to furthering our legacy of excellence.
The celebrations this past week on board their ships and in their offices pay tribute to their past, their present and their future.
Over the weekend, Stein Kruse (President & Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Line) was at the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, to officially christen the exclusive Holland America Line ‘Signature’ tulip. This special white-petal variety with delicate fringed petals was developed in collaboration with Master Grower Jan Pennings to mark their anniversary.
For those of you in the Seattle area, their very own ‘Signature’ tulips have already started to bloom around their building. Having a tulip named especially for their company is a true honor.
This past weekend in the Netherlands, they also had a Holland America Line float in the annual Bloemencorso Bollenstreek flower parade on April 19 and 20. The company last participated in this parade in 1948 with a 35-foot flower float modeled after s.s. Westerdam, which was awarded first place.