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 329 pieces. All tiles can be found on this website. Estimated 80 tiles are issued by associated organizations.
My collection consists of 405 tiles and 8 tile tableaus. The items in this collection have been acquired through website and exhibition purchases, through auctions and gifts.
Update April 1, 2022:
Here you can see the tile (7”x 4”) from the ASTA Board of Directors Meeting aboard the ms Noordam (III)The American Society of Travel Advisors is the world’s largest association of travel professionals. The tile also depicts the ss Rotterdam (V) and the ms Nieuw Amsterdam (III). The tile is a link to my most recent acquisition, a hitherto unknown tile made by Royal Goedewaagen in Nieuw Buinen, The Netherlands. You can read about it in the News menu.
Next update: July 1, 2022.