About Holland America Line
Holland America Line is widely recognized as a leader in the premium segment of the cruise industry. The company’s fleet of 15 ships annually offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports of call in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. From one-day mini-vacations to once-in-a-lifetime Grand World Voyages of more than 100 days, the line visits all seven continents to call at a variety of exotic, tropical, historical, cultural and adventure-filled destinations. The line currently has a new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in February 2016.
Highlights: 1873 – Present
Celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2013, Holland America Line has carried more than 11 million passengers from Europe to the New World and to vacation destinations across the globe since its founding. Today, it carries more than 800,000 cruise passengers a year.
- Holland America Line began in 1873 as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company, a shipping and passenger line. It became known as Holland America Line because it was headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and provided service to the Americas.
- The company’s first ocean liner was Rotterdam, which sailed its maiden 15-day voyage from Rotterdam to New York City on Oct. 15, 1872.
- By its 25th anniversary, Holland America Line owned a fleet of six cargo and passenger ships. It also was providing service between Holland and the Dutch East Indies via the newly constructed Suez Canal.
- The line was a principal carrier of immigrants from Europe to the United States from the 1880s to the 1920s, taking 850,000 passengers to new lives in the New World.
- In 1895, the company offered its first vacation cruise. Its second leisure cruise — from New York to the Holy Land — was in 1910.
- In 1971, Holland America Line suspended its trans-Atlantic passenger trade and offered cruise vacations full time.
- In 1989, Holland America Line Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corp., the largest cruise company in the world.