Holland America is well underway in building their third Pinnacle Class and flagship vessel ‘Rotterdam’. The Seattle-based cruise line shared new pictures of the construction taking place at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
One of the oldest lines in the world, founded in 1873, is making good progress on their vessel, and after initial delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cruise line expects the ship to sail for the first time this July 2021. The vessel has already been floated out onto the water for the first time in October 2020.
Although the images do not give much away about the final look of the Rotterdam when she is finished, the photos provide a great insight into what a ship looks like during the construction phase. Join us as we take you on a virtual ship tour of the new Holland America Line Flagship construction.
Construction of the Rotterdam
The Magrodome has been placed above the Lido Pool; you’ll notice many of the areas are still bare steel. It’s not yet the relaxing sunbathing area it will be in a few months.
Here we have a dramatic view of the side of the new vessel. As the ship has no power yet, and all power comes from the shore side, you can see elevators are welded to the ship’s side. Of course, before the vessel is delivered, these will be removed.
This next image shows the elevator lobby on Deck 2, facing aft. If you look beyond the Atrium, you will see the staircase (in white). To the right is where the Pinnacle Grill will be. Forward, where the aluminum is, will be Rudi’s Sel de Mer, and to the left of the Atrium will be Ocean Bar.
Pinnacle Grill: Pinnacle Grill’s menu focuses on premium ingredients—from wild-caught king salmon from Alaska to sustainably raised beef from Washington State’s Double R Ranch. Complementing meals are boutique wines from the Pacific Northwest.
Rudi’s Sel de Mer: Rudi’s Sel de Mer is an intimate brasserie featuring classic French dishes. Menu selections include whole Dover sole meunière, oysters on the half shell, fruits de mer, and salt-crust baked branzino, as well as favorites such as steak frites, duck cassoulet and coq au vin.
Can you guess where this next image was taken? It is the staircase inside the lower Dining Room.
Here we see the main show lounge, showcasing music, song, dance, comedy, and more; the World Stage will present a myriad of performances and presentations. You can just about make out the seating areas between all the metal works and scaffolding.
The following image shows what will be the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Here we see the hydrotherapy pool.
A Culmination Of The Best of Holland America
It comes as no surprise that Holland America Line is calling the Rotterdam its new flagship. The vessel will incorporate the many changes the line has made over the years.
The Dutch-American cruise line seems firmly in place in the Pacific Northwest, and it showcases the fantastic food and wines that come from this area with its many dining options.
Rotterdam will be a true flagship, measuring 99,500 gross tons, 297 meters in length, and a capacity for 2,660 passengers.
Rotterdam will feature exquisite dining, innovative entertainment, superb staterooms and suites, and craftsmanship that reflects nearly 150 years of maritime expertise. We can’t wait until she is launched and see the result!
All Photos By: Holland America Line