PORT ST. MAARTEN – Holland America Line (HAL), is scheduled to return to the destination on Saturday, January 6 with the cruise ship ms Koningsdam. HAL is another cruise line that is showing its commitment to the destination by returning after St. Maarten demonstrated back in December that it is open for business.
Holland America Line plans to call in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, once more with Koningsdam on March 10, as well as six times with ms Eurodam and once with ms Nieuw Amsterdam this season. ms Eurodam begins calling at the destination on January 11 and ms Nieuw Amsterdam calls on February 21. ms Eurodam came into service in 2008 and has a passenger complement of 2,104. The ms Nieuw Amsterdam was launched in 2010 and has a passenger complement of 2,106.
The ms Koningsdam is part of HALs pinnacle class and came into service in April 2016. It has a gross tonnage of 99,500 and has a passenger complement of 2,650. The ship was constructed at the Fincantieri shipyards, and is the newest and largest ship to be built for HAL.
Port St. Maarten Management is elated to see the return of HAL which has been one of the country’s long-term partners prior to the September storms.
Port St. Maarten Management would like to remind all stakeholders and the populace to continue to welcome our cruise passengers with a warm St. Maarten smile, and remaining considerate and hospitable to all of the guests and crew while they are on the island.
Holland America Line is an American/Dutch owned cruise line which is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc. Originating from the Netherlands, the company is now based in Seattle, United States.
From 1873 to 1989, it was a Dutch shipping line, a passenger line, a cargo line and a cruise line operating primarily between the Netherlands and North America.
For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising. HAL offers some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, exquisite dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries.
HAL has a fleet of 14 modern classic ships that offers more than 500 sailings a year visiting all seven continents. Cruises include both popular and less-traveled ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand and Asia — as well as unique voyages to the Amazon, Antarctica and extended Grand Voyages.