A major cruise ship line, Holland America, recently held an event on the waterfront to celebrate their 150th anniversary of sailing the high seas. The City of St. John’s, where the event took place, expressed its appreciation for the cruise line and their popular ports of call.
The event was held near Holland America’s Zaandam cruise ship, where the STEP Fiddlers entertained the 2,000 passengers and crew throughout the day. Captain Michiel Willems of the cruise line presented St. John’s Coun. Jill Bruce with a plaque to commemorate the occasion.
During the event, Captain Willems expressed his gratitude to the port of St. John’s for its role in the success of Holland America. He mentioned that the city has served as a wonderful port to showcase the unique history and culture of the cruise line to their guests. This year alone, approximately 5,000 passengers from Holland America ships will visit St. John’s. Captain Willems also noted that this number will increase to 7,000 next year.
The partnership between Holland America and the city of St. John’s has been mutually beneficial. The cruise line continues to attract visitors with its anniversary celebration, while the city benefits from increased tourism and economic activity.
Overall, the event on the waterfront was a celebration of Holland America’s impressive milestone and a demonstration of gratitude between the cruise line and the City of St. John’s.