Holland America prepares for the 150th with culinary and entertainment festivities

Holland America Line is set to kick off a yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary with a transatlantic crossing aboard the Rotterdam in October, according to a press release.

The voyage will follow in the footsteps of Holland America Line’s first cruise ship, which departed from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to New York City on October 15, 2022. Passengers will be able to learn about the history of the brand through enrichment programs through board, culinary experiences and exclusive entertainment, according to the company.

“We have guests sailing in October because their grandparents immigrated to the United States on a Holland America Line ship or because they’ve been fans for years, and we’ve filled the trip with special moments that will create wonderful memories for everyone. on board,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line.

The highlight of the crossing will be a performance of a musical piece written exclusively for the Holland America Line anniversary by composer Steven Schoenberg. Guests will also be entertained throughout the voyage by the Tiny Little Big Band, as well as the ship’s Music Walk entertainment, which includes BB King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage and the Rolling Stone Rock Room.

Each evening in the main dining room, guests will be served an entrée reminiscent of a dish served since the 1920s, while a 150th gala menu will be offered in the dining room, featuring dishes from previous voyages of Holland America Line.

Guests can enjoy a Rijsttafel at least once during the trip as a pop-up experience at Tamarind, with side dishes served in small portions and rice prepared in a variety of ways. The celebration will continue with a “Throwback Happy Hour,” which will go back in time and feature drinks priced as low as 25 cents when the brand first launched.

A special Dutch tea, a Dutch station at Lido Market with traditional sweet and savory items, a Dutch-themed lunch with classic Dutch items, and an Indonesian-themed lunch, both at Lido Market, are some of the culinary delights.

In addition, Bill Miller, maritime historian and Holland America Line authority, will give presentations on the company’s history and roots, while Dr. Jennifer Foray, professor of history at Purdue University, will give lectures on Dutch history.

Many of the same culinary and enrichment programs will be available on another 150th anniversary transatlantic cruise from New York on April 6, 2023, ending in Rotterdam on April 18, the cruise line’s 150th anniversary.

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