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Holland America Westerdam to visit eight countries in 2019-20 season

Holland America Line's Westerdam's 2019-2020 cruise season will see the ship visit eight countries.

 From September 2019 through April 2020, Westerdam extensively explores Cambodia, China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam on cruises ranging from 13 to 16 nights.

Departing from Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan; Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; and Singapore,the ship will offer nine different itineraries.

Holland America launching new phone app

Holland America Line will expand its browser-based Navigator tool into a free app for mobile phones and tablets that can be used on board. iPhone and Android users can download the Navigator app from the iTunes App and Google Play stores, respectively.

Through the Navigator app, guests can chat with other users for free, plan daily activities, explore and book shore excursions, view restaurant menus and make dining reservations, view spa treatments, check their account statement and more.

Holland America's next new ship will be named Ryndam

Holland America Line announced today that its next new cruise ship will be named Ryndam.  Ryndam will be the next Pinnacle Class ship, and be delivered in May 2021.

Ryndam will join sister ships Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.  She will be 99,500 tons and accomnodate 2,666 guests.

A steel cutting ceremony was held on March 13 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Italy.

Holland America to live stream cruise ship naming with Oprah

Holland America Line will live stream the Nieuw Statendam ship naming by Oprah Winfrey on February 2, 2019 at 2pm Eastern.

Holland America will live stream it via their Facebook page as well as at HollandAmerica.com/dedication.

Holland America to offer Dutch specialty coffee exclusively onboard its ships

Holland America announced today that guests onboard its ships can enjoy a specialty coffee blend created exclusively for the cruise line in partnership with Beukenhorst Coffee USA Inc.

Dutch coffee house Beukenhorst Koffie worked with Holland America Line to introduce Rotterdam 1873, a small-batch roasted coffee blend that pays homage to Holland America Line's legendary luxury.

Holland America drops Port of Tampa as cruise ship port

Holland America will cease using the Port of Tampa as a ship departure point after April 2019.

"Holland America Line reviews deployment plans several times each year for future scheduling," Holland America director of public relations Erik Elvejord said in an email in response to an inquiry from the Tampa Bay Times.

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