Special Voyages till 2001

Statendam 1958
Statendam 1958
Year: It seems 1958 (?)
Maker:
Diameter:
In collection: Clive Hellinga
Remarks: The Statendam IV, under the Golden Gate Bridge. Which journey this was, is not known to me.


Rotterdam 1959 Year: 1959
Maker:
Diameter:
In collection: Clive Hellinga
Details: The Rotterdam V sailed its maiden voyage to New York in September 1959. This trip was given extra allure by the traveling of the then Princess Beatrix.


Rotterdam 1987 

Year: 1987
Maker: Not know, there is no mark on the backside of the plate
Diameter: 26 cm
In collection: Jan Oege Zijlstra
Specifics: This is the ‘Grand Circle Cruise 1987’. The outer edge of the plate contains the names of the ports which were visited, inside are  symbols of those places and in the center a map. The following countries, according to the outer edge of the plate, were visited: via the Bahamas to South America, Fort Lauderdale, Martinique, Barbados, Sao Paulo, Falkland Islands, Montevideo, Valparaiso and Callao Lima in Peru. Then across the Pacific Ocean via Easter Island, Pitcarn Island, Tahiti, Fiji, Noumea, Port Moresby, Bali, Bangkok and Hong Kong. The last journey went from Japan back to Florida via Kagoshima, Kobe, Honolulu, Lahaina to Los Angeles and from there to Acapulco, Balbao and through the Panama Canal to Curacao, the Thomas Islands, Nassau and finally to the home port in Fort Lauderdale.


Westerdam 1988
Year: 1988
Maker: Not on the plate
Diameter: 26 cm
In collection: Jan Oege Zijlstra
Details: A large and distinguished plate. The edge contains of the plate the constellations. The Westerdam in the center with above the text ‘Inaugural Caribbean Cruise 1988’ and under a map of the area.


(A sign from 1989 is unknown to me in this category)


Rotterdam 1990
Year: 1990
Maker; Royal Goedewaagen “Blue Delft” with the letters LD
Diameter: 24 cm
In collection: Jan Oege Zijlstra
Details: A plate with a beautifully stylized edge that evokes memories of the Art Nouveau. The text is ‘ss Rotterdam Grand Circle South America Cruise 1990’.


(A plate from 1991 in this category is not known to me)


Rotterdam 1992
Year: 1992
Maker: Royal Goedewaagen “Blue Delft”
Diameter: 24.3 cm.
In collection: Jan Oege Zijlstra
Details: An Oriental orientated plate with Oriental representations in the border. The affected cities are in the inner circle, the central text is: ‘Grand Circle Orient Cruise 1992 ss Rotterdam’.


Rotterdam 1993
Year: 1993
Maker: Royal Goedewaagen “Blue Delft”
Diameter: 24.3 cm
In collection: Jan Oege Zijlstra
Details: A beautiful plate with the Rotterdam beautiful and prominently depicted. The edge is heavy but also beautiful. Both the cities that were visited  and the map are shown. The text is: ‘ss Rotterdam Grand Orient South Pacific Cruise 1993 – Holland America Line’.


Maasdam 1994
Year: 1994
Maker:
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In collection: Clive Hellinga
Specifics: A rather deviant and sober plate. The Maasdam is not shown. The text reads: ‘Holland America Line – Grand Australia New Zealand Voyages 1994 ms Maasdam’.


Statendam 1994
Year: 1994
Maker:
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In collection: Clive Hellinga
Details: A second plate from 1994! Above the Statendam 2 images were placed, visited during the trip. According to the text, it is the ‘Mediterranean & Black Sea Voyage’.


(I do not know any plates in this category from 1995 to 2001.)


AAA plates
Special plates are the AAA plates. AAA stands for American Automobile Association. This club, which resembles our Dutch ANWB, was founded in 1902 and now has more than 58 million members. In the 80’s, the AAA offered some trips with Holland America Line. In addition, commemorative plates were issued. As far as I know:

Statendam IV 
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In collection: Clive Hellinga
Specifics: The Grand Caribbean Cruise, a so-called Escorted Cruise, arranged by the AAA. Departed from St. Petersburg / Clearwater, Florida, apparently the place where the St Petersburg Motor Club was housed. Dangers became Martinique.

SS Volendam
Year:
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In collection: Clive Hellinga
Details: Published on the occasion of Christmas on the Volendam. Almost the same trip as previously the Statendam had sailed. It is also an Escorted Cruise organized by the AAA.

SS Rotterdam 
Year: 1982
Maker:
Diameter:
In collection: Clive Hellinga
Details: On this plate the year is mentioned and on the right in the edge ‘SS Rotterdam’. A AAA sign, but now it is explicitly ‘AAA-Holidays’. It is a Cruise Canada / Alaska. Places that are visited are listed in the border. Apparently a flight was part of the cruise, considering the images in the edge.

New Amsterdam
Year: 1985
Maker:
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In collection: Clive Hellinga
Specialties: A Christmas cruise through the Caribbean. Places like Aruba, Martinique, Caracas and Tampa were visited, but apparently also the Panama Canal.


Christmas at Sea

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Maker:
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Specifics: Of this small plate I only posses a picture. It would be ice to receive more information about this plate.


Ryndam 
There also seems to be an AAA sign from the Ryndam, dated 1994. But it is not known to me.