To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the cruise line, Holland America held an official christening of the new Signature tulip in the Netherlands on Friday 19 April 2013. The christening took place at the world renowned Keukenhof Gardens and the President and CEO of Holland America Stein Kruse was there to participate in the ceremony.
The tulip is of a white petal variety and boasts beautifully delicate fringed petals. It was chosen specifically to honour the cruise line that was founded back in 1873 in Rotterdam. The line originated as a transatlantic cargo shipping company before going on to become one of the world’s most magnificent passenger cruise lines. In the present day, Holland America now showcases a fleet of 15 vessels that sail in total, more than 500 cruises throughout the world.
“Holland America Line has a deep connection to the Netherlands, and to have a tulip named especially for our company is a true honor,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “I can’t imagine a more appropriate way to celebrate our 140th anniversary than to christen our tulip in the world’s most beautiful and famous gardens.”
It was in November of 2012 that the official handover of the new tulip took place from the Keukenhof windmill, which was donated by Holland America in 1957. The bulbs, once handed over were planted close by to the cruise lines Seattle based headquarters along with the Southampton office in England.
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