Holland America Line (HAL)

© Ray Goodfellow

Holland America Line (HAL) is a British/American owned cruise line and is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc, and a member of the Holland America Group

The Holland America Group controls the three Carnival Corporation & plc brands based on the West Coast of the United States; these being Seabourn Cruises, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line. The group is also responsible for the operations of P&O Cruises Australia.

Originating in the Netherlands, the company is now based in Seattle, United States. Holland America Line was founded in 1893 as the Nederlandsche-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (Dutch-American Steamship Company), a shipping and passenger line. It was headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and provided service to the Americas. The company was formed as a result of the reorganization of an earlier company, Plate, Reuchlin & Co. In 1989, Holland America Line was purchased by the Carnival Corporation, for 1.2 billion guilders (€530 million).

The Carnival Corporation subsequently merged with P&O Princess Cruises plc in April 2003, to form the world’s largest cruise operating company in a deal worth US$5.4 billion. As a result of the merger the Carnival Corporation and P&O Princess Cruises plc were integrated to form Carnival Corporation & plc, with a portfolio of eleven cruise ship brands.

Holland America Line (HAL) Archive

© Erwin Willemse

MV Vasco Da Gama – Past and Present

MV Vasco Da Gama, ex Pacific Eden, Statendam – Steel twin screw motor vessel (Statendam Class or ‘S’ Class) built in 1993 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy. (Yard No 5881) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Holland America Line

© Cees Bustraan

MV Arcadia – Past and Present

MV Arcadia, ex Queen Victoria – Steel twin Azipod ‘Vista Class’ motor vessel built in 2005 by Fincantieri – Cantieri Nav. Italiani S.p.A. Porto Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6078) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for P&O Cruises

MV Amera - Past and Present

MV Amera – Past and Present

MV Amera ex Prinsendam, Seabourn Sun, Royal Viking Sun – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1988 by Oy Wärtsilä Ab, Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No 1296) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Royal Viking Line, Nassau, Bahamas

© John Wilson

MV Pacific Aria – Past and Present

MV Pacific Aria, ex Ryndam – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1994 by Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5883) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Holland America Line, Nassau, Bahamas.