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May 2013

A Walking Tour Celebrating HAL’s 140th Anniversary

Submitted by: Julie
A Walking Tour Celebrating HAL's 140th Anniversary

Thanks to Jerrol Golden, HAL’s manager of international public relations, for this fun post.

As part of the 140th Anniversary celebrations, a group of Holland America Line VIPs and media participated in a walking tour of Rotterdam between ss Rotterdam and the Hotel New York along the Wilhelminapier and Katendrecht with 13 stops along the way.

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Here is where the tour passed and visited:
1. Koninginnenhoofd/Holland Amerikakade: On the quay you can see the artwork “lost luggage depot’
2. Cruise Terminal
3. HAL’s head office (1901), now Hotel New York
4. Rijnhaven Bridge: connects the pier with Katendrecht
5. Deliplein: an area that was inhabited until about 1900
6. Belvedere: during Word War II jazz music was played at ‘Negro Palace Belvedere’
7. Linker Veerdam: first significant crossing across the Maas by sailing ferry
8. EErste Katandrechtse Hoofd
9. Ketelbinkie: Bronze statue of ‘ship boy’ or Ketelbinkie (1973) by Huib Noorlander carries a coffee kettle for us aboard a ship
10. Viewpoint Maastunnel: View of the ventilation structures belonging to the Maastunnel which is a 1,373-meter tunnel underneath the Maas. It was the Netherlands first car tunnel and lies 20 meters below sea level
11. Kaappark apartment buildings
12. Maashaven: Maas Harbour (1905). Was built for the transportation of grain
13. ss Rotterdam: Christened in 1958 and as is permanently moored at Maashaven since Aug 4, 2008. It is now a hotel/multi-purpose facility as of 2010. (The ship is not owned by Holland America Line.)

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