Simular to the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines complimentary gift of small ceramic replicas of historical houses, Holland America Line hands out ceramic Delft Blue tiles in various forms and shapes, as part of their Mariner Society Rewards Program.
Since there is no accurate administration, it was not exactly known how many different tiles have been produced on behalf of Holland America Line. For the last 60 years the majority of the ceramic tiles have been manufactured by Royal Goedenwaagen-Gouda in Nieuw-Buinen, The Netherlands. On a global basis a search has been initiated by collectors to make an inventory of all tile editions from Royal Goedewaagen-Gouda. That inventory has been completed. The number of issued HAL official tile editions is set at 325 pieces. All tiles can be found on this website. Estimated 80 tiles are issued by associated organizations.
My collection consists of 400 tiles and 8 tile tableaus. The items in this collection have been acquired through website and exhibition purchases, through auctions and gifts.
Update June 1:
In the December 1, 2020 update I showed two new acquisitions: the Nieuw Amsterdam II (1938-1974) depicted in enamel cloisonné on copper, with (see picture) and without HAL logo, issued on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Holland America Line. As a result of that update, I was offered two new editions in this series (see menu News).
Next update: August 1, 2021.