(1:15 p.m.) – Holland America Line’s newest ship
Rotterdam departed Amsterdam today on its inaugural two-week voyage to Fort Lauderdale, where its home port for Caribbean cruises.
The 2,668-passenger ship is the third in HAL’s Pinnacle Class and was delivered to the line in July 2021. Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be the ship’s godmother when it is officially appointed in the spring.
Guests of the transatlantic trip were greeted by a cut ribbon and a jubilant crew.
âRotterdam’s maiden voyage has been eagerly awaited for months by our guests and members of our team eager to welcome them on board,â said Gus Antorcha, President of Holland America Line. âThe Rotterdam is a magnificent vessel and the fourth in our fleet to start sailing this year. . We are delighted to bring her soon to Florida and the Caribbean for her first sailing. “
From November to April, Rotterdam will sail to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale on cruises ranging from six to 11 days. Each cruise includes a stop at Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas.
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Cruise Critic will sail to Rotterdam from Fort Lauderdale on November 5. Stay tuned for coverage and updates.