Special thanks to HAL’s Director Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft for this post.
On Saturday, January 5th, both the ms Amsterdam and ms Prinsendam set sail on two spectacular Grand Voyages. Prinsendam will circumnavigate the continent of South America for 68 days, including three days in majestic Antarctica. Amsterdam embarked on her Grand World Voyage. This will mark the company’s 55th year since the first World Voyage which took place on the ss Statendam in 1958. The two Ft. Lauderdale piers where the vessels sailed from were decked out in “Grand Style” to welcome excited guests embarking on these magical odysseys. Among the manifest of international guests were members of Holland America Line’s elite President’s Club. – Gerald Bernhoft, HAL’s Director Mariner Society