HAL sailing in with two grand cruises

Daily Echo: SOUTHAMPTON BOUND: HAL's Rotterdam SOUTHAMPTON BOUND: HAL's Rotterdam

Premium cruise operator Holland America Line (HAL) is to begin operating from Southampton.

In a move that is a first for HAL, the company is to deploy the 61,849-ton Rotterdam, which entered service in 1997, in Southampton later this year.

HAL refused to be drawn on whether the city’s docks will see further departures by the company’s ships, but the operator is keen to “test the water’’ in Southampton with these two voyages.

On November 3, Rotterdam will set sail from Southampton on a 32-night voyage across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and back.

After calling at the Azores, the ship stops off at the Caribbean ports of Tortola, St Maarten, St Lucia, Trinidad, Barbados and all three “ABC” islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, before returning to Southampton on December 5, via a call in Funchal, Madeira.

Then passengers will be able to embark on Rotterdam’s 88-night passage to the Far East departing from Southampton on January 10 next year.

The round-trip UK voyage takes an easterly route to Asia, passing through the Suez Canal and calling at destinations in Spain, Greece and India after a far-reaching journey to the Far East.

Rotterdam will undertake several overnight stays and extended time in port during calls throughout Dubai, Malaysia and Singapore.

Another highlight includes an in-depth two-week exploration of Indonesia, home to many HAL crew.

Lynn Narraway, HAL’s managing director for UK and Ireland, who is based in Southampton’s Carnival House, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these two spectacular, inaugural voyages from Southampton during winter 2012 and 2013.

“Holland America Line has always been a leader in Grand Voyages, offering as many as four of these extended sailings in one year, including the 114-night annual World Voyage, however full voyage departures have always been from USA ports.

“Now with our presence in Southampton, for the first time, we can offer British guests the opportunity to take a no-fly voyage with us.”

HAL has been a part of the Miami-based Carnival Corpor-ation, which also includes Southampton-based Cunard, and P&O Cruises, since 1989.

It was founded in 1737 as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company, which had its headquarters in Rotterdam.

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11:37am Tue 19 Jun 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Lol Eat that Liverpool.
Lol Eat that Liverpool. Ginger_cyclist
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12:00pm Tue 19 Jun 12

peasant says...

Oh, fork handles. After reading the headline I though the story was going to tell us about introductory £2000 cruises!
Oh, fork handles. After reading the headline I though the story was going to tell us about introductory £2000 cruises! peasant
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12:13pm Tue 19 Jun 12

southy says...

Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.
Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years. southy
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12:56pm Tue 19 Jun 12

loosehead says...

southy wrote:
Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.
Thought you would have been against more tourism?
Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.[/p][/quote]Thought you would have been against more tourism? Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool? loosehead
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1:40pm Tue 19 Jun 12

Lone Ranger. says...

loosehead wrote:
southy wrote:
Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.
Thought you would have been against more tourism?
Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?
Why would he want that??
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.[/p][/quote]Thought you would have been against more tourism? Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?[/p][/quote]Why would he want that?? Lone Ranger.
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1:54pm Tue 19 Jun 12

Georgem says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
southy wrote:
Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.
Thought you would have been against more tourism?
Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?
Why would he want that??
Tourism is a symptom of capitalism, which is the root of all evil. We should all be too busy ploughing fields with our bare hands and living on rationed potatoes, to go on cruises.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.[/p][/quote]Thought you would have been against more tourism? Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?[/p][/quote]Why would he want that??[/p][/quote]Tourism is a symptom of capitalism, which is the root of all evil. We should all be too busy ploughing fields with our bare hands and living on rationed potatoes, to go on cruises. Georgem
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4:29pm Tue 19 Jun 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Georgem wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
southy wrote:
Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.
Thought you would have been against more tourism?
Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?
Why would he want that??
Tourism is a symptom of capitalism, which is the root of all evil. We should all be too busy ploughing fields with our bare hands and living on rationed potatoes, to go on cruises.
Tourism creates jobs, Capitalism creates misery, no comparison.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.[/p][/quote]Thought you would have been against more tourism? Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?[/p][/quote]Why would he want that??[/p][/quote]Tourism is a symptom of capitalism, which is the root of all evil. We should all be too busy ploughing fields with our bare hands and living on rationed potatoes, to go on cruises.[/p][/quote]Tourism creates jobs, Capitalism creates misery, no comparison. OSPREYSAINT
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5:09pm Tue 19 Jun 12

Baybrit says...

I used to work for Van Ommeren in Below Bar in the 70s, they were the Holland America agents in the city. It's good to see a Southampton connection with Holland America Lines again.
I used to work for Van Ommeren in Below Bar in the 70s, they were the Holland America agents in the city. It's good to see a Southampton connection with Holland America Lines again. Baybrit
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7:30pm Tue 19 Jun 12

X Old Bill says...

I hope the 'Dam' ships decide to use the port - it will give a bit more choice.
They may all be Carnival ships but they all cater for a different customer base.
I hope the 'Dam' ships decide to use the port - it will give a bit more choice. They may all be Carnival ships but they all cater for a different customer base. X Old Bill
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7:57pm Tue 19 Jun 12

arizonan says...

Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story.
BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter.
Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story. BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter. arizonan
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9:19pm Tue 19 Jun 12

loosehead says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
southy wrote:
Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.
Thought you would have been against more tourism?
Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?
Why would he want that??
So you haven't followed Southy's posts in the past then?
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.[/p][/quote]Thought you would have been against more tourism? Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?[/p][/quote]Why would he want that??[/p][/quote]So you haven't followed Southy's posts in the past then? loosehead
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9:21pm Tue 19 Jun 12

loosehead says...

arizonan wrote:
Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story.
BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter.
I apologise this wasn't a swipe at Liverpool this was a swipe at the poster & the comments he has come out with in the past so once again Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression
[quote][p][bold]arizonan[/bold] wrote: Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story. BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter.[/p][/quote]I apologise this wasn't a swipe at Liverpool this was a swipe at the poster & the comments he has come out with in the past so once again Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression loosehead
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6:56am Wed 20 Jun 12

flatulence hero says...

Hope all you meddling cheating scousers read this.

Great news for the wonderful port of Southampton.

Scousers one right up your Mersey chaps!!
Hope all you meddling cheating scousers read this. Great news for the wonderful port of Southampton. Scousers one right up your Mersey chaps!! flatulence hero
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9:38am Wed 20 Jun 12

southy says...

loosehead wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
southy wrote:
Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.
Thought you would have been against more tourism?
Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?
Why would he want that??
So you haven't followed Southy's posts in the past then?
Nore have you by the looks off things.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Not the first time Holland America as used Southampton port, its good to see them back after being absent for many years.[/p][/quote]Thought you would have been against more tourism? Surely you would have wanted them to go to Liverpool?[/p][/quote]Why would he want that??[/p][/quote]So you haven't followed Southy's posts in the past then?[/p][/quote]Nore have you by the looks off things. southy
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9:43am Wed 20 Jun 12

southy says...

loosehead wrote:
arizonan wrote:
Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story.
BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter.
I apologise this wasn't a swipe at Liverpool this was a swipe at the poster & the comments he has come out with in the past so once again Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression
You all ways do give the wrong impression its in your nature to do so, But then you have a dislike to any one that are real Socialist and your kind been trying to drive them away and stop them from posting and letting others know the what is going on.
Like OSPREYSAINT said "Capitalism creates misery" and you deal in Human misery.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arizonan[/bold] wrote: Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story. BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter.[/p][/quote]I apologise this wasn't a swipe at Liverpool this was a swipe at the poster & the comments he has come out with in the past so once again Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression[/p][/quote]You all ways do give the wrong impression its in your nature to do so, But then you have a dislike to any one that are real Socialist and your kind been trying to drive them away and stop them from posting and letting others know the what is going on. Like OSPREYSAINT said "Capitalism creates misery" and you deal in Human misery. southy
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9:45am Wed 20 Jun 12

southy says...

arizonan wrote:
Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story.
BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter.
Your get use to that they like to take of course and when it go's wrong for them like it often do, they will blame me for doing it or one of the other real socialist.
[quote][p][bold]arizonan[/bold] wrote: Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story. BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter.[/p][/quote]Your get use to that they like to take of course and when it go's wrong for them like it often do, they will blame me for doing it or one of the other real socialist. southy
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12:07pm Wed 20 Jun 12

loosehead says...

southy wrote:
loosehead wrote:
arizonan wrote:
Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story.
BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter.
I apologise this wasn't a swipe at Liverpool this was a swipe at the poster & the comments he has come out with in the past so once again Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression
You all ways do give the wrong impression its in your nature to do so, But then you have a dislike to any one that are real Socialist and your kind been trying to drive them away and stop them from posting and letting others know the what is going on.
Like OSPREYSAINT said "Capitalism creates misery" and you deal in Human misery.
Well I don't give a **** if Osprey tells me off for this but you are nothing but a brain dead socialist.
You have written in the past about how Liverpool should get cruises back & I have told you to go & live there if you love it so much.
Your style of socialism is dead & any Labour Party that stuck to those policies would have been unelectable that's why Blair changed it but you think he was a Tory don't you?
I have listened to you tried to debate with you & you come out with this C*ap?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arizonan[/bold] wrote: Why mention Liverpool? This is a Southampton news story. BTW, the Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a temporary structure that does not operate in the Winter.[/p][/quote]I apologise this wasn't a swipe at Liverpool this was a swipe at the poster & the comments he has come out with in the past so once again Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression[/p][/quote]You all ways do give the wrong impression its in your nature to do so, But then you have a dislike to any one that are real Socialist and your kind been trying to drive them away and stop them from posting and letting others know the what is going on. Like OSPREYSAINT said "Capitalism creates misery" and you deal in Human misery.[/p][/quote]Well I don't give a **** if Osprey tells me off for this but you are nothing but a brain dead socialist. You have written in the past about how Liverpool should get cruises back & I have told you to go & live there if you love it so much. Your style of socialism is dead & any Labour Party that stuck to those policies would have been unelectable that's why Blair changed it but you think he was a Tory don't you? I have listened to you tried to debate with you & you come out with this C*ap? loosehead
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