Holland America Names New Pinnacle-Class Ship Ryndam

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Scheduled for delivery in mid-2021, Holland America has named their newest Pinnacle-class ship. Drawing inspiration from nearly a century ago, the new ship has been named Ryndam. The original ship of this name sailed in the early 1900s, finally retiring in 1929. From there, the namesake continued sailing in Holland America’s fleet, with Ryndam II sailing from 1951-73, and then the most recent Ryndam sailing from 1993-2015.

Koningsdam, sister ship to the new Ryndam

The newest imagination of the Ryndam will be of the Pinnacle-class, meaning she will hold over 2,600 guests and be equipped with all of the guests’ favorites! For more information on Holland America and the newest rendition of Ryndam, please call The Cruise Web today to speak with one of our expert consultants!

 

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April 8, 2019   No Comments

Holland America Announces Updated Navigator App

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

When cruising on Holland America, guests will now have the entire ship in the palm of their hand with the Navigator app. The mobile app can be downloaded from the iTunes Store or Google Play store before embarkation, and then the app does not require the purchase of an onboard internet package.

Navigator interface on tablet

The app will have a variety of features, making the cruise more accessible for all passengers. For example, the app will be the go-to for finding out what is going on, all over the ship, whenever you want. Along with this, the app will feature reservation services for onboard dining, shore excursions, and spa services. And for those travelling with family, there is a chat feature built into the app so you can communicate onboard without the purchase of an Internet package. On some ships, there is a photo gallery feature, allowing you to share your photos with other guests, and even purchase photos of you and your family enjoying all that Holland America has to offer.

For more information on cruising with Holland America and the Navigator app, please call The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 to speak with one of our expert consultants!

 

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March 6, 2019   No Comments

Holland America Line Announces Exclusive Coffee Partnership with Beukenhorst Coffee USA

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Recently, Holland America announced an exclusive partnership with a coffee roasting company that has been around since 1784. Beukenhorst Koffie, a Dutch coffee roaster, and their subsidiary Beukenhorst Coffee USA, Inc. have teamed up with Holland America to create a specially blended coffee that pays homage to the Dutch roots of the cruise line and the coffee company. But this isn’t the first time these two companies, hailing from the Netherlands, have teamed up. Beukenhorst Koffie has been imported and served on Holland America ships for the last 20 years.

Hot cup of coffee

Rotterdam 1873, named for the founding year and location of the Holland America Line, is an expertly mixed blend of coffee beans from Southeast Asia and South America to create a bold, rich blend that you can only enjoy when sailing aboard Holland America. This coffee will be available in all venues on Holland America’s ships, and for those who love a cup every morning, will be for sale by the bag in Explorations and Grand Dutch cafés.

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January 29, 2019   No Comments

Holland America Introduces Five New Shows for America’s Test Kitchen in 2019

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Joining the current lineup of 14 America’s Test Kitchen shows in January 2019 will be five new 45-minute presentations. In a partnership with the popular television show, Holland America is rolling out an additional five segments for their onboard cooking classes, some of which are broadcast on national public stations.

Chef cutting tomato

Holland America Line’s president, Orlando Ashford, says the company recognizes the wild popularity of this activity onboard their ships, and they are excited to continue teaching their guests skills in a fun environment. “We’re excited to expand on the already exceptional menu of shows offered by America’s Test Kitchen to include some fun topics that easily transition to the home kitchen.” The five new shows, dedicated to helping passengers learn to use their memorable vacation to build new skills, are based on dishes that can be deliciously prepared by any home cook.

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January 29, 2019   No Comments

Create Your Own Wine Aboard Holland America’s ms Koningsdam

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

When Holland America’s ms Koningsdam debuts in April 2016, guests will be able to try their hand at mixing wines to create their own personal blend. This new winemaking experience will be offered at BLEND, a new specialty venue purpose-built for wine-blending.

BLEND aboard ms Koningsdam - Courtesy of Holland America LineTo bring this vision to life, Holland America has partnered with Washington State’s oldest winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle. Their collaboration masterfully blends wine education and entertainment into an immersive new experience that will accommodate up to ten guests. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed wine aficionado or someone who’s a little more familiar with the boxed variety, you’ll enjoy participating in the blending process and putting your own personal touch on a new creation.

Holland America Line’s president, Orlando Ashford, describes the thinking behind this new experience: “At the core of every Holland America Line cruise is our desire to offer unique, immersive and innovative experiences, and BLEND by Chateau Ste. Michelle is all of those things and more. The BLEND experience on Koningsdam is designed to appeal to everyone, and it will be exciting for our guests to create an exclusive wine tailored to their personal taste that they can enjoy onboard with our exception cuisine.”

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October 15, 2015   2 Comments

Holland America Adds Six ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Theme Cruises

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Holland America TheaterBig news: Holland America Line will bring back their popular Dancing with the Stars: At Sea program for the 2015-2016 season!

This marks the third year for this exciting ocean bound homage to ABC’s hit reality show. The highlight will be the Champion’s Cruise competition aboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam’s Western Caribbean sailing on January 10, 2016.

This amazing program will be on all itineraries throughout the fleet, along with six Dancing with the Stars themed cruises featuring both celebrities and professional dancers. Past celebrity dancers included Mark Ballas, Emma Slater, Joey Fatone and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson to name a few. [Read more →]

November 4, 2014   No Comments

New Holland America Ship Named ms Koningsdam

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Holland America ms Koningsdam shipThe name for the latest addition to the famed Holland America fleet was recently announced as the ms Koningsdam; a name that tributes both the company’s history and the new era of luxury cruising that Holland America Line will usher in with this 2,650 passenger ship.

Throughout its 141-year history, Holland America Line has bestowed the “dam” suffix on each of their vessels, and the Koningsdam carries on this tradition. In Dutch, the word “koning” means “king” which couldn’t be a better way to describe this glorious new ship.

Holland America has a proud heritage with the Netherlands, and many of Holland America Line’s ships have been christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years. Most recently, ms Nieuw Amsterdam was christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima in 2010. And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

With such a proud heritage, it seems only fitting that their newest vessel be known as a royal member of their proud family. “This new Pinnacle Class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of the Holland America Group.

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September 16, 2014   3 Comments

Holland America’s Curried Coconut Risotto with Shrimp

By Raquel Grinnell, Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Asian MarketI love to cook. I mean, REALLY love to cook. I find great pleasure in choosing the perfect ingredients, the action of chopping vegetables into a perfect dice, stirring a pot of deliciousness that fills my home with the most amazing smells and of course, savoring the end result. The best part is sharing a meal prepared with love with my friends and family. I feel the same way about travel, and I think that the two are very closely related… Both cooking and a wonderful vacation are a journey in which you experience new and amazing things, usually with the ones you love. Every trip that I’ve ever taken has resulted in me bringing back a local ingredient that I wouldn’t be able to get at home; from homemade Bahamian hot sauce and delectable rum cakes in the Caribbean, to regional cured meats from Germany, to very potent cashew wine from Belize. These local delicacies were used in my interpretation of dishes from each locale, and brought back lovely memories of our travels.

One of mine and my husband Mr. Fish’s great pleasures is to cruise and travel as often as possible, which in our opinion is not often enough! (You can read more about Mr. Fish in last month’s recipe here: https://cruiseweb.com/blog/2014/06/grilled-snapper-recipe-from-celebrity-cruises/.) Part of the fun is planning our next big adventure, and we never know when or from where the inspiration will strike us. Recently, a visit to an Asian market had us fascinated with ingredients that we’ve never used before, and that got us thinking about where these exotic dishes came from and, ultimately, where we’d like to travel next… maybe Singapore, or Thailand, or even Vietnam or Korea? There are cruises where we can visit most, if not all, of these countries in one trip! And the cuisine from each is so varied, yet uses many of the same ingredients… ginger, spicy chile peppers, coconut milk, rice, cilantro, lemongrass, garlic. All of these and more were available fresh, frozen or dried at my Asian market and motivated me to try something new. After consulting Holland America Line‘s cookbook, called Appetizers, I found the perfect foil for my Southeast Asian craving – Curried Coconut Risotto with Shrimp. Since this recipe is scaled to provide appetizer portions, I just doubled all the ingredients and made more than enough for a fantastic dinner for myself and Mr. Fish.

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July 21, 2014   2 Comments

Holland America Returns to Bermuda

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

Holland America returns to Bermuda. Photo courtesy of Holland America Line.Holland America fans rejoice! Starting May 2, 2015 the cruise line will officially return to Bermuda after leaving in 2012. These new itineraries depart from Boston and Quebec City and feature 7- and 14-day itineraries. All of the sailings include four days docked in Hamilton, Bermuda. The 14-day itineraries both feature ports of call in Canada and New England.

Bermuda is home to natural beauty like Horseshoe Bay and Crystal Cave. Adventurers get a thrill out of motor scooting along the island’s curvy seaside roads and scuba diving to see ships wrecked off  the coast of the island. Bermuda is also a great place for history lovers as St. George, its former capital, is considered the oldest continually populated English town in the “New World.” It is also the oldest remaining British colony. [Read more →]

April 15, 2014   2 Comments

Recipe for Fruit Soup from Holland America

By Erica Kritt, Social Media Coordinator, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Fruit SoupWhen I think of summer on a cruise, I immediately think of fruit soup. On nearly every cruise I’ve taken there has been a selection of creamy, sweet fruit soups. I remember that on my first cruise they were served at the buffet and my mother and I quickly became obsessed.

If you aren’t familiar with these fruit soups served on several cruises, they’re like milkshakes you eat with a spoon. These creamy concoctions can be made with virtually any fruit. I’ve had them with cherry and peach and pineapple. For this recipe I chose to use bananas and I found a super simple recipe courtesy of Holland America, and I found that not only is this dish quick and easy, it’s something you can easily put your own twist on by trying different ingredient combinations. [Read more →]

February 18, 2014   8 Comments