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Holland America Line History

Known for mid-size “dam” ships, Holland America Line history dates to an 1873 founding as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company, later known as Holland America after its transatlantic service started to the Americas. Vessels, including flagship Rotterdam VI, carry names of predecessors from Amsterdam to Zaandam. Known for consistent, attentive service, Holland America ships have more staff members per guest than any other major cruise line. By 2006 Holland America’s capacity will grow to 15 ships with debut of three more 1,848-passenger Vista Class ships. HAL offers the only trip cancellation program in the industry offering cash back for canceling for any reason prior to 24 hours before departure. In addition to adventures to Hawaii, Holland America (a Carnival Corporation premium brand) sails the Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal, Caribbean, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Canada/New England, and Alaska. In 2004, HAL continues its popular 15-day Circle Hawaii sailings, offering a total of 10 Hawaii cruises aboard the Statendam and Amsterdam, including eight round-trip sailings from San Diego and a San Diego-Hawaii-Vancouver, B.C., sailing. A new northwest sailing for 2004 is a roundtrip 18-day voyage from Seattle. HAL’s Circle Hawaii itineraries feature eight or 10 luxurious days at sea. The Statendam continues its popular 15-day Circle Hawaii cruises in 2004 with seven sailings scheduled Feb. 24, Mar. 20, Apr. 4, Sep. 30, Nov. 5 and Dec. 6 and 21. Each sailing calls at Hilo, Hawaii; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai, plus scenic cruising along its Na Pali coast; Lahaina, Maui; and Kona, Hawaii. It also sails past the active Kilauea Volcano in the evening when the glowing "lava show" can be seen best.

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In 2004, the Statendam is home ported in popular San Diego for a sixth season, making it easy for guests to connect with Hawaii cruises via air service from across North America. Convenient, low-cost air transportation is available through Holland America's U.S. Home City Air Gateways program to or from San Diego.

With days at sea on Statendam’s Hawaii itineraries, guests can take advantage of full-treatment spa, exercise facility and hair and nail salon, enjoy Broadway-style shows or watch first-run movies. The Statendam serves up varied dining options, from elegant meals in the formal dining room to Pacific Northwest-styled steak and seafood in the Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant. Casual breakfast, lunch and dinner are served from multi-stations in the popular Lido Restaurant, Terrace Grill, and Pizza Bar, and there is 24-hour service.

From the line's Flagship Forum Lecture Series to cooking demonstrations with master chefs, a relaxing spa visit or simply sitting on deck and watching the ocean, Holland America helps travelers make the most, or the least, of their time at sea.

Circle Hawaii sailings are greatly enhanced by booking a suite, providing a quiet retreat from the buzz of a cruise, guests have an enhanced appreciation of the added space and amenities found in a suite.

Holland America suite guests enjoy many extra comforts including afternoon tea and complimentary pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres served en suite; video library access, a cocktail party with the captain, an invitation to the bridge, special disembarkation privileges, heavy terry bathrobes, oversized bath towels and feather pillows (as requested) complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning services and much more. Suite guests also have exclusive access to the Neptune Lounge a quiet and relaxing retreat for meeting friends, reading a newspaper or booking shore excursions with the lounge's concierge.

Fast Facts

Year entering service: 1992
Registry: The Netherlands
Tonnage (GRT): 55,451
Cruising Speed: 22 knots
Capacity: 1,266
Crew: 602
Officer Nationality: International
Cruise / Hotel Staff Nationality: International
Destinations: Hawaii

About Gratuities
Holland America’s long-standing “tipping not required” policy forbids solicitation. Guests are welcome to extend tips for outstanding service.

Disabled Access
: Public spaces and staterooms in various categories accommodate wheel-chair users, and crew members are particularly attentive to needs of the disabled.

Ship Features

Kid & Teen Stuff
Club HAL offers supervised fun for ages 5 and up, including story time, art and crafts, ice cream sundae parties, and candy bar bingo for up to age 8. For tweens (9 through 12) and teens to 17, there’s miniature golf, pool and pizza parties, video games, disco, movies and more.

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