Holland America Line celebrated King’s Day
Street market deck party and specialty cocktails paid homage to cruise line’s heritage
King’s Day in the Netherlands was April 27, and Holland America Line honored its Dutch heritage by bringing several of the country’s holiday traditions on board. To celebrate the official birthday of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, the cruise ships were adorned in a sea of orange — the Dutch national color — and a King’s Day Orange Deck Party highlighted the special day.
In addition to the festivities and orange touches, Dutch-themed food and beverages were served in public lounges, dining venues and at sail-away parties.
“This year we are celebrating Holland America Line’s 145th anniversary, and King’s Day is always a special time each year to embrace our company’s rich history and share one of the Netherlands’ most popular holidays with our guests,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Cruising makes the world smaller by allowing us to connect with many different cultures, and bringing experiences like King’s Day on board builds a deeper understanding of not only our legacy and the traditions of many of our employees, but the places we visit.”
Guests received an email prior to departure inviting them to bring orange attire to wear to the King’s Day festivities, known for being a celebration of orange in Holland. Shipboard staff were decked out in orange accessories. Cities throughout the Netherlands became one big street market on King’s Day, and shipboard guests enjoyed being transported to the country with a shipboard street market featuring beverages and items from the onboard shops set up by the Lido Pool.
Two specialty cocktails by Holland America Line’s Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff were served in honor of King’s Day, and guests enjoyed the libations in the bars and lounges. The Dutch Heritage consists of Aperol, vodka and triple sec, while the nonalcoholic Orange Light includes lemon juice, honey syrup and San Pellegrino Blood Orange.
Culinary traditions are an important part of King’s Day, and Holland America Line ships offered a King’s Day Afternoon Tea featuring tompouce, Bossche bol, poffertjes and other Dutch treats. A Baby Dutch Pancakes station was set up in the Lido Market for breakfast, Dutch-style appetizers were served in bars and lounges during cocktail hour and Dutch-themed menus were featured in the main dining room and Lido Market for both lunch and dinner.
On King’s Day this year, the ships in the Holland America Line fleet celebrated around the world — from Greece and Mexico to the Azores and Japan. Holland America Line also has its European headquarters in Rotterdam, just steps from where the line’s original offices stood 145 years ago.
For more information, contact a travel professional, call 1300 987 322 or visit hollandamerica.com.