Holland America Line has added a second cruise celebrating its 150th anniversary and the voyage will reverse-record the cruise line’s very first cruise.
The cruise will take place on Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship, Rotterdam and will depart Fort Lauderdale on April 3, 2023.
From Fort Lauderdale, the cruise ship heads to New York and makes a rare overnight stopover, giving guests more time to experience the attractions that bring this bustling city to life, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the ‘Empire State Building, Broadway and more. Rotterdam will then spend eight leisurely days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean, calling at Plymouth and Dover (London), England, before arriving on April 18 — the 150th anniversary of Holland America Line — in Rotterdam for a full night. of festivities.
“As we went deeper into planning the events surrounding our 150th anniversary, we knew that the best place to celebrate the date of our founding was the city of Rotterdam, where it all began,” said Gus Antorcha, President of Holland America Line. “These voyages which mark our first sailing and our anniversary are going to be incredibly memorable as we retrace our first sailing from the 1870s, but on a modern and luxurious cruise ship. We anticipate that the April cruise will be as popular as the April cruise. ‘october.
To kick off a season of celebrations, Holland America Line has announced the first special 150th anniversary sailing which will depart from Rotterdam on October 15, 2022, exactly 150 years before the departure date of Rotterdam I’s maiden voyage.
The crossing will recreate that first cruise, going from Rotterdam to New York, with stops in Plymouth and Dover, then Fort Lauderdale. The cruise ship will spend the night in New York for special celebrations.
To accommodate the April 3 fresh start, three cruises have been canceled and all guests and their travel agents have been notified. Reservations for the new eastbound transatlantic crossing will open to the public on July 14, 2022.