Holland America announces two special voyages to celebrate 150th anniversary

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, Holland America Line has two special voyages planned. As the date approaches, on April 18, 2023, the cruise line is adding a second commemorative transatlantic crossing aboard Rotterdam to the schedule of commemorative events.

“As we delved deeper into planning events around our 150th anniversary, we knew that the best place to celebrate our founding date was in the city of Rotterdam, where it all began,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “These voyages that mark our first departure and our anniversary will be incredibly memorable as we retrace our first sailing from the 1870s, but on a modern, luxurious cruise ship. We anticipate the April cruise to be as popular as the October voyage.”


The first special 150th anniversary crossing will depart Rotterdam on October 15, 2022, exactly 150 years from the departure date of the maiden voyage of Rotterdam I. This crossing will recreate that first crossing, from Rotterdam to New York, with stopovers in Plymouth and Dover, then on to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship will spend the night in New York for special celebrations.

The second will depart Fort Lauderdale on April 3, 2023. The 16-night itinerary departs to Rotterdam and the Netherlands, retracing the company’s first voyage in reverse.

From Fort Lauderdale, the ship heads to New York and makes a rare overnight stop, giving guests extra time to experience the attractions that bring the Big Apple to life, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Broadway and so on. a lot more.

Rotterdam will then spend eight days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean, calling at Plymouth and Dover (London), England, before arriving on his birthday, April 18, in Rotterdam for an evening full of festivities.

sailing celebrations

While certain details of the celebrations are being kept under wraps, during the crossings there will be special celebratory experiences. There will be historic menus and cocktails giving guests a taste of the brand’s history, live music with special performances by guest artists, performances that revive Holland America Line’s history and roots, and an Olympic-style event featuring sports activities and cruise games. class.

Holland America will kick off its 150th anniversary year with a memorable stage performance aboard Rotterdam as the ship spends the night in New York on October 26, 2022.

When the ship arrives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on its 150th anniversary on April 18, 2023, it will receive a grand welcome! During the overnight call, guests and the city of Rotterdam will help mark this historic landmark in an evening onboard event.

There will also be specially designed limited edition 150th Anniversary retail items available in onboard stores.

to Rotterdam

Rotterdam is Holland America’s newest ship. On May 30, 2022, the city of Rotterdam formally welcomed him as the flagship of the fleet. Following a tradition that began in the 1920s, her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands christened the ship in a ceremony attended by local dignitaries and guests.

It is the third ship in the Pinnacle Class series and the seventh ship to bear the Holland America Line name. Rotterdam carries 2,668 guests, is 984 feet long and 114.8 feet wide. There are 1,340 staterooms in total, including 912 Balconies, 164 Suites, 748 Balcony Staterooms, 147 Ocean View Staterooms and 280 Inside Staterooms.

It has an exclusive collection of world-class nightly performances, specialty restaurants and a 270-degree LED projection on the World Stage with panoramic visual and sound effects.

Following her anniversary cruise, the ship will spend the Caribbean season sailing tropical itineraries to and from Fort Lauderdale.

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