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Holland America Line Celebrates 150 Years

Holland America Line Celebrates 150 Years

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Holland America Line is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, having formed in 1873. Boasting a rich history that has seen them take guests around the world, innovating the cruise industry, few operators bring charm, character, and enrichment to your travel in the same way that Holland America Line does.

At Accent on Travel, thanks to our partnership with Holland America Line, we can make your next vacation with this world-renowned cruise operator a truly unforgettable one this year. An impressive range of exciting destinations and millions of dollars spent on upgrading and enhancing suites for your comfort ensures Holland America Line is still one of the premier operators sailing today. Allow our expert travel advisors at Accent on Travel to customize and curate every last detail of your voyage.


Take a heritage cruise to classic destinations

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Experience the Holland America Line prestige for yourself with heritage cruises to some of the world’s most popular destinations. 

Circle the Hawaiian archipelago, cruise through the Panama Canal, take a classic journey to the Caribbean, or indulge in the cuisine of the Adriatic — there are so many places to explore and so many hidden gems to uncover that you’ll never run out of options for your next luxury cruise vacation.

When you’ve finished exploring these fascinating locations, relax and unwind with classic games, retro happy hour, and other heritage-themed activities on board.


Sail with a cruise line that knows how to take care of guests

Join a list of passengers that have included some famous faces over the years when you embark with Holland America Line. From icons such as television personality Oprah Winfrey and physicist Albert Einstein to high-profile politicians such as former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, there have been many notable guests aboard the fleet over the last 150 years.

Holland America Line has its own place in history, having carried almost half a million passengers across the Atlantic in its first 25 years. These early immigrants, between 1873 and 1898, were so well cared for during their voyage that approximately 99% were cleared immediately for entry when arriving.

Recent history has also seen the operator making headlines for the right reasons, by allowing the Volendam ship to be chartered by the Dutch government. This was then used to provide temporary housing for almost 1,500 Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion.


Explore Holland America Line’s history-making timeline

With a long history full of memorable moments, explore this brief summation of the key moments in Holland America Line’s first 150 years:

● 1873 – Founded as a cargo and passenger line

● 1880 – A major carrier for immigrants traveling from Europe

● 1910 – Pleasure cruises begin, expanding destinations

● 1914 – Holland America Line’s ships are used in the First World War

● 1926 – First Caribbean cruise sets sail

● 1940s – Carries hundreds of thousands of troops in Second World War

● 1950s – A swathe of new ships join the fleet

● 1990s – Eight new ships join the fleet

● 2004 – First cruise up the Amazon River

● 2018 – Nieuw Statendam ship sets sail

● 2021 – Rotterdam VII, a Pinnacle-class ship, sets sail


Call our team of expert travel advisors at Accent on Travel at 888-806-2337 to reserve your place on a heritage Holland America Line luxury cruise, with a choice of destinations around the world, including their classic Alaska exploration. Our partnership with Holland America Line means you’ll gain access to some exclusive benefits for your cruise vacation, while our team can fully customize your itineraries and activities for the adventure of a lifetime.

Wake up somewhere wonderful with Accent on Travel in partnership with Holland America Line. 




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