Holland America Line Commemorates Its 140th Anniversary With Official
Christening Of 'Signature' Tulip At Keukenhof Gardens In The Netherlands
SEATTLE, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ - In celebration of its 140th anniversary, an
official christening of the new Holland America Line "Signature" tulip took
place in the Netherlands on Friday, April 19 at the world-famous Keukenhof
Gardens. President and CEO of Holland America Line Stein Kruse participated in
the ceremony along with the President of the Board of Directors of Keukenhof
Walter Jansen and Master Grower Jan Pennings.
A white-petal variety with delicate fringed petals was chosen to honor the
company that was founded at Rotterdam, the Netherlands, April 18, 1873, as a
trans-Atlantic cargo and passenger shipping company. Today the company's fleet
of 15 premium cruise ships sails more than 500 cruises on all seven continents.
"Holland America Line has a deep connection to the Netherlands, and to have a
tulip named especially for our company is a true honor," said Stein Kruse,
president and CEO of Holland America Line. "I can't imagine a more appropriate
way to celebrate our 140th anniversary than to christen our tulip in the
world's most beautiful and famous gardens."
In a November 2012 ceremony, Holland America Line "Signature" tulip bulbs were
handed over from the grower near the windmill at Keukenhof that Holland
America donated in 1957. In December, bulbs were planted at the cruise line's
Seattle headquarters and its Southampton, England, office. In addition to
collaborating with the gardens to develop the tulip, Holland America Line
participated in the annual Bloemencorso Bollenstreek flower parade on April 19
and 20. The line last participated in the parade in 1948 when the company
entered a 35-foot flower float modeled on s.s. Westerdam that was awarded
Known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is the world's largest flower garden,
located in Lisse, the Netherlands. Approximately 7 million flower bulbs of
1,600 varieties are planted annually at the park. The Keukenhof is only open
for two months each year, from March 21 through May 20, and attracts more than
800,000 visitors from around the world. For more information visit:
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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 15 ships offers more than 500
cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. One- to
110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include
Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand
World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska,
Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. The line currently has a
new ship on order from Fincantieri shipyard for delivery in February 2016.
Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $500 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Café powered by The New
York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and
all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top
Mariner's Dream Beds.
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Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise
Lines, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a
passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's
Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation
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