SEATTLE, July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of a few of the most memorable ships in Holland America Line’s practically 150-year historical past, the premium cruise line is altering the identify of its newbuild from Ryndam to Rotterdamand designating it the brand new flagship of the fleet. The seventh ship to bear this historic identify, Rotterdamwill probably be delivered one 12 months to the date on July 30, 2021, pushed again barely from its authentic supply of Might 2021 because of the international well being scenario.
When Rotterdamis delivered from Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, it will spend the summer season exploring Northern Europe and the Baltic on roundtrip cruises from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Friends and journey advisors with shoppers who have been booked on the ship’s Premiere Voyage in Might and itineraries by means of July 30 are being contacted with rebooking choices.
“The primary ship for Holland America Line was the unique Rotterdam, the corporate was headquartered within the metropolis of Rotterdam for a few years, and the identify has been a trademark all through our historical past since 1872 … so clearly the identify is highly effective and symbolic,” stated Gus Antorcha, Holland America Line’s president. “With the present Rotterdamleaving the corporate, we knew we had a singular alternative to embrace the identify as our new flagship and keep it up the custom of getting a Rotterdamin our fleet. Seven is a fortunate quantity, and we all know she’s going to deliver a number of pleasure to our friends as she travels throughout the globe.”
The Historical past of the TitleRotterdam Holland America Line’s first ship was Rotterdam, which sailed its maiden voyage from the Netherlands to New YorkOct. 15, 1872, and led to the founding of the corporate on April 18, 1873. Rotterdam II was inbuilt 1878 for British Ship Homeowners Co. and bought by Holland America Line in 1886. Rotterdam III got here alongside in 1897 and was with the corporate till 1906. The fourth Rotterdamjoined the fleet in 1908 and likewise served as a troop provider when World Conflict I ended. Following the struggle it made common cruises from New York to the Mediterranean.
Rotterdam V, often known as “The Grande Dame,” set sail in 1959 and started crusing transatlantic crossings with two lessons of service. It later transformed to a one-class ship in 1969. She sailed with Holland America Line for 38 years till 1997, together with a number of Grand World Voyages, and presently is a lodge and museum within the metropolis of Rotterdam. Rotterdam VI, the latest to cruise for Holland America Line, was launched in 1997 and the primary ship within the R Class.
Inaugural Season to Discover Mediterranean, Baltic and Norway Cruising aboard Rotterdam VII begins Aug. 1 with the ship’s seven-day Premiere Voyage departing from Trieste, Italy, to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, with port calls all through the Adriatic Sea and southern Italy. The ship sails Aug. 8 from Civitavecchia on a 14-day cruise by means of the western Mediterranean and on to Amsterdam.
From Aug. 22 by means of Oct. 10, the ship will sail roundtrip from Amsterdam on three seven-day itineraries to Norway, one 14-day to the Baltic and one 14-day to Norway, Iceland and the British Isles. A trans-Atlantic completes the inaugural Europe season with a 14-day voyage from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
To accommodate friends booked on cancelled itineraries of Ryndam from Might by means of July, Nieuw Statendam cruise itineraries additionally will see some modifications to match up as a lot as attainable with former Ryndam sailings.
“Friends and journey advisors will probably be notified right this moment of this information and coming modifications to present itineraries,” added Antorcha. “We ask everybody, although, to please bear with us only a few weeks for all the particulars as we rebuild itineraries and put the ending touches on a number of fascinating alternate options. We’ll observe up with particular particulars very quickly so everybody is aware of their choices.”
Friends booked on the initially scheduled Premiere Voyage will probably be rebooked on the Premier Crusing for Rotterdam, departing August 1, and can obtain a $100 per individual shipboard credit score. All different friends who have been booked on impacted Ryndam or Nieuw Statendam cruises will probably be routinely rebooked to an identical future cruise date throughout the summer season on the similar fare paid. Friends will obtain a $100 per individual shipboard credit score for cruises 10 days or much less and $250 per individual for itineraries of 12 days or extra. Friends are requested to attend till they obtain up to date reserving confirmations within the subsequent a number of weeks earlier than contacting Holland America Line for added modifications to the reserving.
About Rotterdam VII The third within the Pinnacle Class sequence, Rotterdam will carry 2,668 friends, measure 99,500 tons and have extremely profitable facilities and improvements launched together with her sister ships, together with the 270-degree encompass display screen World Stage, Rudi’s Sel de Mer and Grand Dutch Café. Delivering the perfect of the whole lot, Rotterdam celebrates stay music with an unique assortment of world-class performances every evening – from Lincoln Heart Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Membership to Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard Onboard.
All through the ship, Rotterdam additionally will showcase Holland America Line hallmarks that drive one of many highest visitor repeat charges within the business: beautiful delicacies guided by eight of the world’s main cooks; gracious, award-winning service; and beautifully appointed staterooms and suites, together with household and single lodging.
Rotterdam is the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most just lately constructed Nieuw Statendam. Naming particulars haven’t been finalized and will probably be introduced later.
About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)] Holland America Line has been exploring the world since 1873 and was the primary cruise line to supply adventures to Alaska and the Yukon greater than 70 years in the past. Its fleet of premium ships visits greater than 470 ports in 98 nations world wide, providing a perfect mid-sized ship expertise. A 3rd Pinnacle-class ship, Rotterdam, is underneath development and can be part of the fleet in July 2021.
The chief in premium cruising, Holland America Line’s ships characteristic progressive initiatives and a various vary of enriching experiences centered on vacation spot exploration and personalised journey. One of the best stay music at sea fills every night at Music Stroll, and eating venues characteristic unique choices from Holland America Line’s esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous cooks.
In gentle of COVID-19, Holland America Line is presently assessing enhanced well being and security protocols and the way they could affect future cruises. Precise choices could range from what’s displayed. Keep up to date on present Travel Advisories and Health & Safety protocols.