Oct. 7, 2020 – MARGHERA, ITALY: Holland America Line’s newest ship, ROTTERDAM, reached another milestone today, floating out for the very first time from the Fincantieri Shipyard’s Drydock in Marghera, Italy. This is the seventh ship in Holland America Line’s history to bear the name ROTTERDAM. The new vessel was moved by three tug boats to the outfitting pier where final work on the ship will continue. The ship is scheduled to be delivered to the fleet on July 30, 2021.
Last week Holland America Line celebrated the ship’s Coin Ceremony, following Italian shipbuilding tradition, Mai Elmar, Executive Director of Cruise Port Rotterdam in the Netherlands, served as the ship’s Madrina and participated in the festivities.
During the socially responsible ceremony, Dutch coins minted in 1872 to honor Holland America Line’s first ROTTERDAM were welded to the outside deck of the ship to bring good fortune, followed by a blessing by the shipyard Chaplain. In attendance were Antonio Quintano, Director of the Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard; Cyril Tatar, Holland America Group’s Vice President of Newbuilding Services; and Nico Bleichrodt, Vice President, international sales, for Holland America Line.
Today, ROTTERDAM’s drydock was filled with water and floated out to begin the next stage of construction.