Holland America Line is changing the name of its newbuild from Ryndam to Rotterdam and designating it the new flagship of the fleet.
The seventh ship to bear the name, Rotterdam will be delivered in July next year, pushed back slightly from its original delivery of May due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The move comes after the current Rotterdam was sold to Fred. Olsen.
When the new Rotterdam is delivered from Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, it will spend the summer exploring Northern Europe and the Baltic on roundtrip cruises from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
“The first ship for Holland America Line was the original Rotterdam, the company was headquartered in the city of Rotterdam for many years, and the name has been a hallmark throughout our history since 1872 – so clearly the name is powerful and symbolic,” said Gus Antorcha, Holland America Line president.
“With the current Rotterdam leaving the company, we knew we had a unique opportunity to embrace the name as our new flagship and carry on the tradition of having a Rotterdam in our fleet.
“Seven is a lucky number, and we know she’s going to bring a lot of joy to our guests as she travels across the globe.”
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