Port Rotterdam and Rotterdam
Philharmonic Orchestra collaborate on special composition to honor the cruise
Seattle, Wash., May 21, 2018 —
Holland America Line is celebrating its 145th Anniversary in 2018, and to mark
the occasion Cruise Port Rotterdam arranged for a special composition by
the world-renowned Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The composition premiered
May 19 at an exclusive event on board Rotterdam
with a performance by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Banda, an ensemble of the
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra specially composed the
piece of music with a basic blues 1-4-5 beat to commemorate Holland America
Line's 145th Anniversary.
America Line is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year, and we are
honored that in collaboration with Cruise Port Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Philharmonic Orchestra composed such a beautiful piece in our honor," said Nico
Bleichrodt, Holland America Line's managing director sales and marketing
continental Europe. "There's no place we'd rather celebrate our anniversary
than the home of our original headquarters, established 145 years ago in
Rotterdam. There is still so much Holland America Line history around the city
that makes it the perfect setting for such a special event."
In addition to
Bleichrodt, Keith Taylor, Holland America Group's executive vice president of
fleet operations, four Holland America Line captains and chief engineers, and
local dignitaries were in attendance.
Philharmonic Orchestra also is celebrating a milestone this year with its 100th
anniversary, and not only do we congratulate them on this achievement, but we're
thrilled to announce that we're becoming a sponsor to help them continue their
musical journey," added Bleichrodt.
As the former headquarters of the
company, the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands holds significant meaning for
Holland America Line. Within
25 years of its 1873 founding as the Netherlands-American Steamship Company,
the business owned a fleet of six cargo and passenger ships and operated
between Holland and the Dutch East Indies. Because it was headquartered in
Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, over time the company became
known as Holland America Line.
Holland America Line is an award-winning premium cruise line taking guests to
more than 400 ports around the world, sailing on all seven continents.
About the Rotterdam
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra ranks
among Europe's foremost orchestras, internationally recognized for the intense
energy of its performances, its acclaimed recordings and its innovative
audience approach. With performances from local venues to concert halls
worldwide, the orchestra reaches an annual audience of 150,000 to 200,000.
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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, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia/New Zealand
and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean,
Alaska, Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal.
The line welcomed Koningsdam in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle-class
ship, Nieuw Statendam, to be delivered in December 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, comprising world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our