Grand Voyages

Since 1996 the Holland America Line also has distributed tiles, alternating small and large commemorating a specific voyage.


In 1996 the ss Rotterdam (V) sailed in 51 days from Los Angeles around South America to Fort Lauderdale. Together with the tile (6″x 6″) a button with the logo from that cruise was issued.

1 rotterdam 1996 A Rotterdam 1996


The ms Nieuw Amsterdam III began cruising in 1983 and is chartered by Thomson Cruises in 2003. The ship still sailed under the name Thompson Spirit in 2014. A series of 3 tiles have been issued, representing the 3 cruises in the period 1997-1999. The tile from the Grand Oriënt & South Pacific Voyages in 1997 is probably the only 6″x 6″ tile known.

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As far as I know 2 tiles have been distributed from the South America Explorer Cruises of the Nieuw Amsterdam in 1998 (4″x 4″).

3 nieuw amsterdam 1998 south america explorer 1 4 nieuw amsterdam 1998 south america explorer 2

From the Asia & Pacific Explorer Cruises made by the Nieuw Amsterdam in 1998/1999, most likely 6 tiles have been issued commemorating the following segments: Vancouver-Osaka, Osaka-Hong Kong, Hong Kong-Singapore, round trip Singapore, round trip Sydney, Hong Kong-Osaka (4″x 4″).

5 nieuw amsterdam 1998-99 asia pacific 1 6 nieuw amsterdam 1998-99 asia pacific explorer 2 7 nieuw amsterdam 1998-99 asia pacific explorer 3 8 nieuw amsterdam 1998-99 asia pacific explorer 4 9 nieuw amsterdam 1998-99 asia pacific explorer 5 10 nieuw amsterdam 1998-99 asia pacific explorer cruises 6


The ms Noordam III began cruising in 1984 and has been sold in 2005 to Thomson Cruises. In October 2017 the company changed her name in Marella Cruises. Since then the ship sails under the name Marella Celebration. From the South America Explorer Cruises made by the Noordam in 1999, 3 tiles have been issued: one from the outward voyage, one from the South America traject (Rio de Janeiro – Valparaiso v.v.) and one from the return voyage to Tampa (4″x 4″).

11 noordam 1999 south america explorer 1 12 noordam 1999 south amrica explorer 2 13 noordam 1999 south america explorer 3

From the tiles of the South America Explorer Cruises 2000 (2 pieces of 4″x 4″) it is not evident which ship it concerns. The lady from who I bought these tiles told me that her parents had received them on board the Noordam III.

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From the South America Explorer Cruises made by the Ryndam in 2002 3 tiles (4″x 4″) have been issued. The third tile has been handed out when Antarctica was visited.

18 ryndam 2002 south america explorer cruise19 ryndam 2002 south america explorer cruise 20 ryndam 2002 south america antarctic  explorer


In 2002 for the first time the Rotterdam made cruises in eastern Canada and New England, as off May 10 (round trip New York) seventien cruises of seven to ten days. The series consists of 2 tiles (4″x 4″) representing this inaugural period.

21 rotterdam 2002 new england 1 22 rotterdam 2002 new england 2


From the Asia & Pacific Explorer Cruise made by the Volendam in 2002, two (6″x 6″) tiles have been issued representing the two sailing routes of 32 days each. Segment 1 left September 23 from Vancouver and docked via the northern route for the first time in Russian Petropavlovsk, after which the cruise continued via Japan, China, Hong Kong and Cambodia to Singapore. Segment 2 left on October 25 from Singapore and cruising via de southern route (Australia, Tasmania, Bora Bora and the Marquesas islands) to Los Angeles, where the Volendam arrived on November 26.

17 volendam 2002 asia and pacific explorer cruise 16 volendam 2002 asia and pacific explorer 2


Tile (8″x 4″) of the 62-day Oriënt Explorer Voyage of the ms Amsterdam in 2005. The Amsterdam left Seattle on October 6 and visited 20 ports in Asia and the South Pacific. The voyage ended on December 7 in San Diego. A gift from Judi and Herbert Heise from Kelowna, B.C., Canada. Thank you!

23 amsterdam 2005 orient explorer


This tile, hand-painted on both sides, was given on board of the Prinsendam during a Christmas cruise. The origin of this tile has been confirmed by Captain Albert Schoonderbeek.

24a prinsendam kerstreis 2002 24b prinsendam kerstreis 2002


The 66-day South America & Antarctica Voyage made by the Prinsendam in January 2007, is characterized by an incident in the Drake Passage close to Cape Horn. A 70 foot high rogue wave resulted in 40 wounded and caused great damage to the interior. The series consists of 3 tiles with a dimension of 6″x 6″.

5 prinsendam 2007 south america & antarctica segment 1 26 prinsendam 2007 south america & antarctica segment 2 25 prinsendam 2007 south america & antarctica segment 1


These two tiles have been issued in 2007 during the Grand Mediterranean & North Africa Voyage of the Prinsendam, a 56-day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, departing March 12. To Rome via several Caribbean islands, the crossing via Cape Verde, subsequently via Senegal, Gambia, Morocco and Lybia, and back from Rome via Greece, Malta, Spain and the crossing via the Azores (6″x 6″).

27 prinsendam 2007 mediterranean en north africa 1 28 prinsendam 2007 mediterranean


Even though it does not seem in the tiles (6″x 6″), the Asia, Australia & Polynesia Explorer Cruise 2007 is a 64-day cruise on board the Amsterdam, with two segments of 32 days each. After the departure from Seattle on September 21 the north crossing from the Pacific Ocean was choosen via the Russian Petropavlovsk; with the departure from Singapore the southern route to San Diego was followed.

29 prinsendam 2007 asia, australia, polynesia explorer 1 30 prinsendam 2007 asia, autralia, polynesia explorer 2


Every year in the summer the Maasdam makes the “Voyage of the Vikings”, a 35-day roundtrip Boston-Amsterdam-Boston. Outbound via Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Norway, returning via the United Kingdom. During this cruise in 2007 the Maasdam docked in Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam. The tile has a dimension of 4″x 4″.

31 voyage of the vikings maasdam 2007


This 2009 Southeast Asia Explorer tile (6″x 6″) is a special edition of the Mariner Society. The tile shows the first Mariners segment of a 27-day cruise with the Volendam from Hong Kong to Singapore via Da Nang and Phy My in Vietnam, Bangkok and Ko Samui in Thailand and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

32 volendam 2009  southeast asia explorer


During the 68-day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage 2012 the Prinsendam visited 12 countries, 34 ports, cruised 8 days across the Amazon and 4 days in Antarctica. 5 maiden calls were made in Panama, Brasil and Chile. The issued oval tiles measure 4,7″x 3,7″.

The second tile has been issued during the Grand Mediterranean & Black Sea Voyage of the Prinsendam in 2012, a 62-day round trip Fort Lauderdale from March 12, with maiden calls in Durrës (Albania), Saint Raphaél (France) and Castellón de la Plana (Spain).

The third tile from the Grand Asia & Australia Voyage of the Amsterdam in 2012 concerns a 75-day cruise from September 21 till December 5.

33 prinsendam 2012 south america & antarctica voyage 34 prinsendam 2012 mediterranean & black sea voyage 35 amsterdam 2012 asia and australia


Left: tile of the Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage of the Prinsendam in 2013, a 68-day round trip Fort Lauderdale, departing on Januari 5.

Right: tile of the connecting Grand Mediterranean Voyage of the Prinsendam in 2013, a 64-day round trip Fort Lauderdale. Outbound via Madeira, through the Mediterranean to Haifa and the return via the Azores.

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Left: tile of the Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage of the Prinsendam in 2014, a 68-day round trip Fort Lauderdale, departing on January 5, including 7 days cruising the Amazone and 4 days cruising in Antarctica.

Right: the tile of the connecting Grand Africa & Mediterranean Voyage in 2014 concerns a 57-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Rome, departing March 14. In Africa the Prinsendam visited Gambia, Senegal and the Kingdom of Morocco.

1 prinsendam 2014 south america and antactica 2 prinsendam 2014 africa and mediterranean


Left: tile of the Grand South America & Antarctic Voyage of the Prinsendam in 2015, a  68-day roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, departing on Januari 3. The Prinsendam visits 31 ports in 11 countries, sails 7 days on the Amazone and makes 5 overnight calls.

Right: tile of the connecting Grand Mediterranean Voyage in 2015, a 55-day voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Rome, departing March 12. The Prinsendam visits 32 ports in 12 countries, including 5 ports in Spain.

40 prinsendam 2015 south america and antarctica 41 prinsendam 2015 mediterranean