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 75 tiles are issued by associated organizations.
My collection consists of 394 tiles and 8 tile tableaus. The items in this collection have been acquired through website and exhibition purchases, through auctions and gifts.
Update December 1:
The six tiles which were distributed during the Asia & Pacific Cruises made by the Nieuw Amsterdam III (1983-2003) in 1998/99, adorn the homepage in this last 2020 update.
The tiles are at same time a link to two new acquisitions: the Nieuw Amsterdam II (1938-1974) portrayed in enameled cloisonné on copper, with and without the Holland America Line logo (see menu News).
Next update: Februari 1, 2021.
The website will be checked for any imperfections in the coming period.