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 :: Holland America Line

The Holland America Line is a British-American owned cruise line.

It was founded in 1873 as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company (Dutch:Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij), a shipping and passenger line. Headquartered in Rotterdam and providing service to the Americas, it became known as Holland America Line. HAL is now headquartered in Seattle, Washington, U.S.

The first ships sailed between Rotterdam and New York in 1872, with New York remaining the American terminal. Other services were started to South America and Baltimore. Cargo service to New York was added in 1899. During the first 25 years the company carried 400,000 people from the old world to the new world. Other North American ports were added during the early 20th century.

Though transportation and shipping were the primary sources of revenue, in 1895 HAL offered its first vacation cruise. Its second vacation cruise, from New York to the Holy Land was first offered in 1910. In 1971, HAL suspended transatlantic passenger trade and in 1973 sold its cargo shipping division.

In 1989, HAL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp. The company operates 15 ships to 7 continents and is expected to carry over 750,000 cruise passengers in 2012.

In addition to its cruise line, Holland America operates the Westmark Hotel chain in Alaska and the Yukon

Holland America Line produced some noted ships, from the 36,000 gross ton SS Nieuw Amsterdam of 1937 (besides the RMS Queen Mary, the only 1930s-built liner to make a profit) and the SS Rotterdam of 1959, one of the first North Atlantic ships equipped for two-class transatlantic crossing and one-class luxury cruising. By the late 1960s, the golden era of transatlantic passenger ships was ended by air travel. HAL ended transatlantic service during the early 1970s, leaving the North Atlantic passenger trade for Cunard's RMS Queen Elizabeth 2.

In 1971, Holland America transitioned from passenger sea transportation to pleasure cruising and is known now for its wide variety of destinations. Receiving approval to visit Antarctica in the 1980s.

Today HAL ships cruise to all seven continents. MS Prinsendam and MS Amsterdam make annual "Grand Voyages" lasting more than 60 days, exploring more exotic destinations in South America and Africa; the MS Amsterdam also make annual World Voyages, sailing around the world, usually ranging from January to March/April/May.

In summer 2011, the MS Rotterdam did two transatlantic crossings, the first traditional transatlantic runs made by the line in more than 40 years. It was also announced the Rotterdam would be based year-round out of Rotterdam, Netherlands beginning in September 2012, sailing to Europe, the Caribbean, as well as Asia. Cruises range from 14 to 90 days.
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Holland America Line Vessels:

Vessel Name:MS Amsterdam
Date Completed:10/1/2000
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$400M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:62735
Length:237.00 meters
Decks:12
Passengers:1380
Crew:647
Vessel Name:MS Eurodam
Date Completed:6/1/2008
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$450M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:86700
Length:285.00 meters
Decks:11
Passengers:2104
Crew:929
Vessel Name:MS Maasdam
Date Completed:1/1/1993
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$180M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:55575
Length:220.00 meters
Decks:10
Passengers:1258
Crew:580
Vessel Name:MS Nieuw Amsterdam
Date Completed:7/1/2010
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$450M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:86700
Length:285.00 meters
Decks:11
Passengers:2106
Crew:929
Vessel Name:MS Noordam
Date Completed:3/1/2006
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$400M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:82500
Length:285.30 meters
Decks:11
Passengers:1918
Crew:800
Vessel Name:MS Oosterdam
Date Completed:8/1/2003
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$400M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:82000
Length:290.00 meters
Decks:11
Passengers:1848
Crew:812
Vessel Name:MS Prinsendam
Date Completed:12/1/1988
Where Built:Finland
Cost:$125M
Flag:Bahamas
Gross Tonnage:37848
Length:205.50 meters
Decks:9
Passengers:793
Crew:443
Vessel Name:MS Rotterdam
Date Completed:5/1/1997
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$250M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:61849
Length:238.00 meters
Decks:11
Passengers:1404
Crew:600
Vessel Name:MS Ryndam
Date Completed:9/1/1994
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$215M
Flag:Bahamas
Gross Tonnage:55819
Length:220.00 meters
Decks:10
Passengers:1258
Crew:602
Vessel Name:MS Statendam
Date Completed:3/1/1993
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$180M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:55451
Length:219.00 meters
Decks:14
Passengers:1258
Crew:557
Vessel Name:MS Veendam
Date Completed:9/1/1996
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$250M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:61849
Length:238.00 meters
Decks:11
Passengers:1404
Crew:600
Vessel Name:MS Volendam
Date Completed:11/1/1999
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$300M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:60906
Length:237.00 meters
Decks:10
Passengers:1432
Crew:647
Vessel Name:MS Westerdam
Date Completed:5/1/2004
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$400M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:81811
Length:285.30 meters
Decks:11
Passengers:1848
Crew:800
Vessel Name:MS Zaandam
Date Completed:4/1/2000
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$300M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:61396
Length:237.00 meters
Decks:10
Passengers:1432
Crew:615
Vessel Name:MS Zuiderdam
Date Completed:12/1/2002
Where Built:Italy
Cost:$400M
Flag:Netherlands
Gross Tonnage:81769
Length:291.00 meters
Decks:15
Passengers:2272
Crew:842
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