Holland America Line’s Rotterdam departed earlier on its 14-day maiden voyage from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The cruise line celebrated the occasion with a fanfare, applauding the crew and cutting the ribbon to welcome guests aboard the transatlantic cruise.
The 2,668-passenger Rotterdam was delivered in July and is the third in the Pinnacle series for Holland America Line.
Last week, the ship arrived in the namesake city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where it was announced that Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be the ship’s godmother when it is officially appointed in the spring.
“Rotterdam’s maiden voyage has been eagerly awaited for months by our guests and crew members eager to welcome them on board,” said Gus Antorcha, President of Holland America Line.
“Rotterdam is a beautiful ship and the fourth in our fleet to start sailing this year.
“We are delighted to bring her soon to Florida and the Caribbean on her first cruise.”
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.