The clue is certainly in the name when it comes to Holland America Line’s heritage and it’s one that the line is certainly proud of, with the ships in its fleet named after a host of cities, landmarks and places from all across its homeland.
Now however, HAL is honouring the Netherlands in a completely new way, thanks to a new partnership with the country’s most popular museum, the Rijksmuseum. In what is a truly exciting development for art-lovers or indeed anyone who enjoys the long-standing tradition of cruise ship art, HAL has announced that the Rijksmuseum at Sea will debut on ms Oosterdam during its April 2016 dry dock and expand fleet wide over the next few years. As well as that, Holland America Line will also become a new sponsor of the Rijksmuseum.
The Rijksmuseum at Sea will showcase faithful reproductions of some of the museum’s most celebrated exhibits, displayed throughout the vessel. Guests will be able to do more than just take in the exhibits as they explore the ship however, with guided art workshops available, in which they can learn more about the museum’s many masterpieces, watch videos about the museum from the comfort of their own stateroom and attend enrichment programmes presented by museum staff, which will be available on selected itineraries. For those who love to indulge in a little retail therapy, branded museum products will be available in the on-board shops.
It’s fair to say that Holland America Line already embraces cruise ship art, with a collection of 1,300 pieces and the new announcement is set to cement the line’s reputation as one of the world’s leading art-loving cruise lines.
The Rijkmuseum itself houses over a million objects, with around 8,000 on display at any one time and if you do pay a visit during your time in the city, you can expect to see works by such Dutch masters as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermmer and Frans Hals.
If you feel like taking a stroll through Rijksmuseum at Sea, take a look at the great Ms Oosterdam deals that we currently have available.