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Agents don the orange to join Holland America Line’s 150th birthday party


The cruise line’s sesquicentennial celebration reached Australia in the form of a decadent orange party in Sydney.

The HAL and Carnival Australia team were in a mood to party.

Bar M in Sydney was awash with orange this week as Holland America Line brought its 150th birthday celebrations to Australia, celebrated with the crème of the Australian travel industry.

Unlike Holland America Line’s recent celebrations in its home port of Rotterdam, there wasn’t any Dutch royalty in the house, but this didn’t stop the Carnival Australia executive team putting on a grand show for one of its biggest global markets.

From 70 passengers onboard the first Holland America Line sailing in 1872 to the first leisure cruise from New York to Rotterdam in 1910, the line has grown immeasurably, with Albert Einstein, Cary Grant and Winston Churchill among its luminous guest list.

The event gave new meaning to the Dutch royal term 'House of Orange'.

Amidst meadows of orange tulips and flowing orange Aperol, invited guests gathered to frolic among the tulips and enjoy heritage images of the line’s esteemed past beamed onto the wall.

Elements of the line were on show, including the live Lachy Doley blues band emblematic of the Music Walk experience and a pasta and antipasti station reflective of HAL’s popular Canaletto onboard restaurant.

“It’s been an incredible 150 years for Holland America Line, and what an amazing way to mark this significant occasion with so many integral people here tonight who have played a part in our ongoing success,” said Holland America Line Vice President of Sales & Marketing Australia, Ryan Taibel.

Pictured above is the Holland America Line and Carnival Australia team.

From left back row: Andrew Thwaites, Helen Courias, Hannah Baynes, Ryan Taibel, Christine Oliver and Alex Pikardt

Front row: Rebecca Cranston, Nola Melamet and Kathryn Robertson


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 4 May 2023

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