Holland America has released a second commemorative 150th-anniversary transatlantic crossing that will set sail in 2023. In celebration, Rotterdam will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 3, 2023, to retrace, in reverse, the company’s maiden voyage.
Rotterdam to Sail Second Commemorative Transatlantic Crossing
Departing on April 3, 2023, MS Rotterdam will commemorate Holland America’s historical, transatlantic voyage. It will embark from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and make a rare overnight call to New York City, allowing guests to visit some of the city’s renowned attractions.
In celebration of its 150th anniversary, Rotterdam will spend eight days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean, calling at Plymouth and Dover (London), England.
The ship will share Holland America Line’s 150th anniversary, April 18, 2023, in the city of Rotterdam for an overnight full of festivities.
“As we got deeper into planning the events surrounding our 150th, we knew that the best place to celebrate the date of our founding was in the city of Rotterdam where it all started,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line.
“These voyages that mark our first departure and our anniversary are going to be incredibly memorable as we retrace our first sailing from the 1870s, but on a modern, luxury cruise ship. We anticipate the April cruise to be as popular as the October sailing.”
In support of the line’s season of celebration, Holland America Line, founded in 1873, will have its first special 150th-anniversary crossing departing Rotterdam on October 15, 2022, exactly 150 years to the date of the departure of Rotterdam I’s maiden voyage.
This crossing will recreate the first sailing, going from the city of Rotterdam to New York, with calls at Plymouth and Dover, then on to Fort Lauderdale. The ship will stay overnight in New York for a night of salute.
To stay in tradition, three voyages were canceled to accommodate the new April 3, 2023 sailing, and all guests, along with their travel advisors have been notified.
Bookings for the 150th anniversary eastbound transatlantic sailing will open to the public on July 14, 2022.
Rotterdam and Its Recent Christening
After much anticipation, Holland America Line’s newest Pinnacle-class cruise ship, the MS Rotterdam, was officially named during a traditional ceremony, in its founding city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Holland America’s Rotterdam was recently christened by godmother Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands on May 30, 2022. Onboard the ship, the Princess pulled the ship’s bell that Monday morning, inaugurating the name of the flagship.
MS Rotterdam has spent its summer in Northern Europe, sailing from its homeport, Amsterdam. She will then sail a series of seven- and 14-day Norway voyages to Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Northern Isles.
The 2,668-passenger, 99,935-gross ton ship has been sailing since October 20, 2021. MS Rotterdam sailed its first voyage from Amsterdam on a transatlantic crossing to Port Everglades, stopping in Zeebrugge, Belgium, Le Havre, France, Portland, UK, Brest, France, and Ponta Delgada, Portugal.
Upcoming voyages aboard MS Rotterdam 2022-2023 include itineraries to the Southern and Eastern Caribbean departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and 21-day voyages to Northern Isles and Norse Legends departing from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.