Holland America cruise ship recreates the cruise line’s first voyage


On October 15, 1872, a group of 60 immigrants boarded a Holland America Line cruise ship and set sail for New York. This was the cruise line’s first-ever voyage on Rotterdam I.

Exactly 150 years later, the Rotterdam VII departed from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, recreating this very first Holland America Line cruise. The cruise will visit Le Havre in France and Plymouth in England before crossing the Atlantic and arriving in New York.

“Today is historic for our brand as we mark 150 years to the day that Holland America Line’s first-ever ship began its journey to New York,” said Holland America Line President Gus Antorcha. “During this time, we transported immigrants and cruise vacationers, soldiers and refugees and gained a reputation for extraordinary care and hospitality of all such guests just like at home. As we navigate our next 150 years, this service environment will be our hallmark as we create exceptional experiences for customers around the world.

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The cruise line invited fans to come to Rotterdam cruise port and Wilhelminapier for a festive seaside party, recreating a departure from centuries past when ships sailed away with fanfare.

Water sprayed by Fireboat and a flotilla from a local yacht club came to see Rotterdam, while revelers were given souvenir handkerchiefs to wave.


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