Holland America Line’s Rotterdam took off on October 20 on its highly anticipated 14-day maiden voyage from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The cruise line celebrated the occasion with a bang, applauding the crew and cutting the ribbon to welcome guests aboard the transatlantic cruise.
The 2,668-passenger Rotterdam was delivered in July 2021 and is the third in the Pinnacle Class series for Holland America Line. Last week, the ship arrived in the namesake city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where it was announced that Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be the ship’s godmother when it is officially appointed in the spring.
After the transatlantic crossing, Rotterdam will spend its first Caribbean season from November to April, with all round trips from Fort Lauderdale. Cruises last six to 11 days and cover the entire region on southern, eastern, western and tropical itineraries. Guests looking for a longer getaway can embark on a Collector’s Journey – back-to-back combo itineraries that offer in-depth exploration spanning more than one area.
Each Caribbean cruise includes a stopover at Half Moon Cay, the award-winning private island of the Bahamas by Holland America Line. This picturesque sanctuary has become a playground for cruise passengers and has the most beautiful beaches; two-story villas and private cabanas; delicious restaurants like Lobster Shack; and a variety of fun tours for nature lovers, adventurous travelers and explorers.
Rotterdam has the very successful amenities and innovations introduced with its sister ships, including the 270-degree surround-screen World Stage, Rudi’s Sel de Mer restaurant and the Grand Dutch CafÃ©. The ship features the Half Moon Bar, an immersive experience examining the history of Holland America Line and navigating through the lens of a cocktail party. Offering the best of everything, Rotterdam celebrates live music with a collection of world-class performances every night – from the Lincoln Center Stage and BB King’s Blues Club to the Rolling Stone Rock Room and the Billboard Onboard. Throughout the ship, Rotterdam features Holland America Line features that result in one of the highest repeat rates in the industry: exquisite cuisine guided by eight of the world’s top chefs; courteous and award-winning service; a museum-quality art collection valued at over $ 4 million; and superbly appointed cabins and suites, including family and single rooms.
Rotterdam is the seventh ship to bear the Holland America Line name.
About the Holland America line
Holland America Line (a division of Carnival Corporation and plc) has been exploring the world since 1873 and was the first cruise line to offer adventures in Alaska and the Yukon almost 75 years ago. Its fleet of premium ships visit nearly 400 ports in 114 countries around the world, providing an ideal experience for midsize vessels. A third Pinnacle-class ship, the Rotterdam, joined the fleet in July 2021. America Line ships offer innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination exploration and personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills up every night at Music Walk, and restaurants offer exclusive selections from Holland America Line’s renowned Culinary Council, made up of world-renowned chefs.