History of the Holland America Line – Holland America Line Cruises…
The HAL liner NIEUW AMSTERDAM in the 1950s with the SS UNITED STATES
Liner History would not be complete, without studying the venerable Holland America Line. One of the last lines to offer Trans-Atlantic crossings on a regular basis before the Jet took the fun out of crossing the pond.
The Holland America Line was founded in 1873 as the Dutch-America Steamship Company (Dutch: Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij), a shipping and passenger line. Because it was headquartered in Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, it became known as Holland America Line (HAL). Its headquarters are now in Seattle, Washington.