Holland America Line details special christening ceremony trip to Rotterdam


Holland America Line has detailed the naming ceremony of its new fleet ship, rotterdam. It will be a highly anticipated royal event with patron Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet to be held in the city of Rotterdam.

Rotterdam Baptism Ceremony

The cruise line announced that rotterdam will be named in a ceremony held on May 30, 2022, as the ship calls in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The ship will embark on a special seven-day voyage from Amsterdam on May 29, 2022, including visits to Kristiansand, Stavanger and Flåm, Norway, with a scenic cruise through the Sognefjord, the largest and deepest fjord in Norway.

Courtesy of Holland America Line

“Our new Rotterdam is a spectacular ship, and we are delighted that her christening ceremony is timed with a festive cruise that allows our guests to join in the festivities and officially welcome her to the fleet,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “Our history is deeply rooted in the Netherlands, and it was only fitting to name our newest Rotterdam in the city of Rotterdam with a Royal Patron to honor our Dutch roots. We are deeply grateful that Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet again acts as sponsor of a Holland America Line ship.

As part of this sailing, the new Holland America cruise ship will call at Rotterdam on May 30, 2022, where it will will be named by godmother Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet. The actual event will be guest-only and streamed throughout the ship.

The trip is available for repeat customers and not just exclusive to guests. Holland America Line offers its “Have It All” promotion for cruising, which includes shore excursions, beverages, specialty meals and Wi-Fi in a base cruise fare.

For Special Sailing as part of the “Have It All” promotion, there’s a $100 value on any excursion, Signature Beverage Package includes up to 15 drinks daily, plus dinner One night special and Wi-Fi package.

During the voyage, special events will take place on board, including a festive gala dinner, the opportunity to participate in the blessing of the ship’s bell, commemorative gifts and much more.

Rotterdam to Fort Lauderdale
Rotterdam to Fort Lauderdale (Photo credit: Port Everglades)

rotterdam already sailing with guests following delivery from the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy on July 30, 2021. As covered on Cruise Hivethe 14-day maiden voyage was a transatlantic crossing from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Florida in October 2021. The ship then began its Fort Lauderdale inaugural season offering itineraries in the Caribbean.

From May 2022, rotterdam will be back in Europe with return trips from Amsterdam to Norway, the Baltic, the British Isles and Iceland. The third Pinnacle-class ship weighs 99,800 gross tons and has a passenger capacity of 2,668. She is the sister ship of Koningsdam and New Statendam.

Holland America Line Rotterdam

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