Three ships to homeport at Seattle in
2017; cruise line celebrates 70th year in Alaska
Seattle, Wash., April 28, 2017 — Holland America Line's ms Eurodam
will arrive at the Port of Seattle, Saturday, April 29, 2017, marking the first
cruise ship to arrive for start of the city's summer Alaska homeport cruise
season. The company increased its Seattle calls this year to 58, and three
Holland America Line ships will sail roundtrip Seattle itineraries in 2017.
addition to Eurodam's arrival, ms Oosterdam arrives Sunday, April
30 and ms Amsterdam arrives Monday, May 15 to begin their Alaska
sailings from Seattle. Zaandam makes one call at Seattle May 12 on a
one-day cruise to Vancouver, British Columbia, to reposition to its summer
homeport. Noordam makes a visit on September 25 on a Pacific Coastal
sailing. All of the options combined make a total of 58 calls by five ships that will welcome
nearly 111,000 guests to Seattle.
year is special because Holland America Line is celebrating our 70th
anniversary of Alaska exploration, and we couldn't be more honored that once
again a Holland America Line ship is kicking off the Seattle cruise season,"
said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "As Seattle's Hometown
Cruise Line with our headquarters based in this vibrant city, contributing to
our local community — both economically and through our giving back — as well
as making significant investments to help protect the environment, are all
values we are deeply committed to."
2017 Holland America Line will mark 70 years of exploring Alaska. It all began
in 1947 with a simple, spontaneous tour in Fairbanks and has grown into Holland
America Line's Alaska Land+Sea Journeys that combine a cruise with an overland
adventure to Denali and the Yukon.
the 2017 season Eurodam will depart Seattle on 22 roundtrip seven-day
cruises, while Oosterdam is slated to sail 21 seven-day cruises
roundtrip from Seattle and Amsterdam is scheduled to sail one seven-day
itinerary followed by nine 14-day Great Alaskan Explorer voyages from Seattle.
the coming year, Holland America Line expects to contribute nearly $600 million
to the Washington State economy. The cruise line employs 1,600 people locally
and its headquarters are on lower Queen Anne on Third Avenue.
costs each time a ship calls at Seattle average about $300,000 per visit.
Holland America Line works with nearly 700 Washington vendors, from food and
beverage suppliers to piano tuners, office supply stores and marine suppliers,
among many more. For
example, Oosterdam requires over 23,000 eggs and 1,375 gallons of milk
each week — all of which come from local farmers. In addition, local growers
supply 147,550 pounds of fresh produce a week.
contributing to Holland America Line's economic impact is spending by
passengers and crew in local shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, museums,
attractions and taxis. Other expenditures include ship maintenance and port
fees, charges and taxes.
Holland America Line ships have been sailing from the Port of
Seattle since the 1970s. In May 2002, Holland America Line began using Seattle
as a home port for Alaska cruises.
America Line Gives Back to Seattle
America Line has an extensive corporate social responsibility program
benefiting the local community and Washington state.
In the Seattle area, the line supports dozens
of organizations such as Auction of Washington Wines, Junior
Achievement of Washington, Northwest Harvest, Pike Place Market Foundation, Seattle Aquarium,
Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Men's
& Women's Chorus, Seattle Theatre Group and the University of Washington. Many of the
company's executives currently serve on boards of directors of local non-profit
organizations. Holland America Line is also a proud sponsor of the
Awards & Accolades
In 2017, the company accepted
its seventh consecutive Green Gateway Award from the Port of Seattle. The Port
of Seattle also presented Holland America with the Technology Innovator Award
in 2016 for investing in its Seattle-based fleet that has resulted in
year-over-year reductions in fuel use and resultant greenhouse gases.
more information, contact a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and
plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500
cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies
around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company's
cruises visit all seven continents with highlights including Antarctica
explorations, South America circumnavigations and exotic Australia/New Zealand
and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean,
Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The
line welcomed ms Koningsdam in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle Class ship,
ms Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in November 2018. A third Pinnacle
Class ship, due for delivery in 2021, recently was announced.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to
secure its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature
innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on
destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their
knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during
an America's Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York
Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage,
Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can be
savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council that comprises world-famous
chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.