By Published On: 30 May 2022

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The gala launch of Rotterdam, Holland America Line’s newest vessel, took place this afternoon in the presence of royalty at the cruise ship’s namesake port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands officially named the flagship vessel as distinguished guests, and this journalist, watched in the World Stage theatre on board Rotterdam.

“I name this ship Rotterdam and I wish all who sail on her a safe voyage.”

Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands.
The moment Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands christened Rotterdam.
The moment Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands christened Rotterdam.

Rotterdam is the 7th Holland America Line vessel to bear the iconic name. Indeed, Group President Jan Swartz noted that the city is something of a spiritual home for the cruise line. “The history of Rotterdam and the history of Holland America Line are inseparable”, she said.

“It’s like a new member of our family has been born. We are glad to share this wonderful day with you.”

Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation.
Arnold Donald, the president and CEO of parent company Carnival Corporation, warmly welcomed guests at the Rotterdam christening.
Arnold Donald, the president and CEO of parent company Carnival Corporation, warmly welcomed guests at the Rotterdam christening.

Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne hosted additional guests up on the Lido Deck where proceedings were broadcast live on the big screen.

Singers from Rotterdam entertain distinguished guests at the naming ceremony.
Singers from Rotterdam entertain distinguished guests at the naming ceremony.

Rotterdam is the third in Holland America Line’s Pinnacle class of cruise ships, joining Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam. The vessel boasts popular speciality restaurants like Tamarind as well as music venues like The Rolling Stone Rock Room, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club.

For more information about Rotterdam visit the Holland America Line website.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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