For more than 139 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking our guests to exotic destinations around the world. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, you've come to the right place. We are committed to our mission: through excellence, we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.
Today, Holland America Line's fleet of 15 elegant, mid-size ships offers more than 500 sailings a year visiting all seven continents. Cruises include both popular and less-traveled ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada/New England, Europe, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand and Asia - as well as unique voyages to the Amazon, Antarctica and our extended Grand Voyages. Along with enticing destinations, we offer one-of-a-kind programs such as the Culinary Arts Center cooking demonstrations, Digital Workshop powered by Windows and The Collections of Holland America Line - specially chosen shore excursions to further enhance our guests' appreciation and understanding of the places they visit.
Holland America Line has a long and proud history of delivering extraordinary vacation experiences, and with our ongoing $540-million Signature of Excellence® commitment, that experience is now better than ever. Signature of Excellence enhancements encompass virtually every area of our ships and range from new facilities and public spaces to added services and amenities.
Innovative programs and superior amenities have consistently placed us among the highest-rated premium cruise lines, earned us the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and one of the highest rates of repeat guests in the industry. We are very proud of these achievements and look forward to exceeding guests' expectations in every aspect of our operation.
Holland America Line also continues to set new standards for environmental leadership. Through hard work and dedication, Holland America Line earned its ISO 14001 certification in June 2006 and was recertified in 2012. As the internationally recognized standard for environmental management, ISO 14001 encompasses virtually every aspect of our ships' operations. Our commitment to it demonstrates our belief that the safeguarding of our guests, crews, ships and the environment in which we live and operate is not only the right thing to do, it is essential to the successful conduct of our business.
Holland America Line's legacy of cruise travel is one of expanding minds and hearts with experiences of the many cultures that enrich our world. Both at home and abroad, we've been touched by people and places in ways that affirm our interconnectedness as a global community. And today, we're both pleased and honored to provide assistance to those in need around the world, as well as to give back to our neighbors. Building on the extraordinary efforts of individual employees within our Holland America Line family, we've developed programs to reach a variety of organizations with aid, donations and service. From employee fundraising drives to cash and cruise donations to innovative philanthropic programs that each year invite the participation of 900,000 guests, we're working together to make a difference. And it's made our company stronger along the way. Whether it's donating shipboard items to an orphanage, cleaning up a neighborhood park, or donating money to disaster relief, Holland America Line and its employees share time and resources to make a difference. Signature of Excellence is a promise from every Holland America Line employee to our guests - a commitment to provide a truly extraordinary experience and tremendous value. We invite you to experience our award-winning service, extraordinary accommodations, five-star dining, entertaining onboard activities, and exotic destinations that can only be found on a cruise with Holland America Line.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
President and Chief Executive Officer
In 1873, Holland America Line first sailed tall-masted cargo ships from Rotterdam in the Netherlands across the Atlantic. Because it serviced the Americas, the company became known as Holland America Line. Initially, only a few passengers traveled with us. As the popularity of traveling by ship increased, Holland America Line ocean liners became known for their elegant accommodations and premier service. The line was primarily a carrier of immigrants from Europe to the United States until well after the turn of the century, carrying 850,000 to new lives in the New World. To date, Holland America Line has carried more than 13 million passengers throughout its history.
Commercial passenger jets changed the world's travel habits forever. Oceans could be crossed in hours instead of days. However, the desire remained for the elegant ambiance and total escape offered by the great ocean liners. By 1971, Holland America Line had dedicated all its ships to offering the finest cruise vacations available. Today, the deep blue hulls of the Holland America Line fleet are familiar sights in nearly every world harbor. Our ships are as unique as our hospitality.
Although most people associate the Holland America Line name with luxurious cruising, we are in fact good hosts on both land and at sea. Holland America Line operates CruiseTours to Alaska that combine a cruise with a land experience.
Holland America Line is more than a large company, and the individual talents that have brought us success are countless. Everyone working for this company has one thing in common – by instinct, we all enjoy being good hosts. We are extremely pleased with our proud family of employees. Their talents and contributions are an important part of our future success.
Welcome on board!
Every day, thousands of Holland America Line guests hear this warm greeting as they board our ships. This phrase represents the spirit that inspires our entire company, Holland America Line. There may be more than one thousand job titles at Holland America Line, but all of us have the same goal - to be the world's best hosts. For over a century, we have extended hospitality and world-class service to nearly 10 million guests. We make it our goal to create an excellent work environment for all our staff. It is their effort, loyalty, dedication and talent that are vital to our success and our future.