On Oct. 26, Rotterdam sailed into New York City near the end of its 150th Anniversary Transatlantic Crossing from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The voyage was the start of Holland America Line’s yearlong celebration of its founding 150 years ago on April 18, 1873. The crossing, which departed Oct. 15, left exactly 150 years to the day that the cruise line’s first ship, Rotterdam I, set sail on its maiden voyage from Europe to the New World.
During the rare overnight call in New York, an event was held on board that marked Holland America Line’s upcoming milestone birthday, honoring the brand’s heritage and recognizing the modern cruise line it’s become.
Invited guests and dignitaries toured the ship, followed by cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by Culinary Council Members Rudi Sodamin and David Burke, and entertainment in Music Walk. The highlight of the evening was a special presentation in World Stage, which began with Stephen Lean, director of The American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island. Holland America Line recently announced a partnership with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation that features on-board video content across the entire fleet produced by an Ellis Island researcher, as well as a curated exhibit launching in 2023 at Ellis Island detailing the brand’s historical prominence in bringing one in 10 immigrants from Europe to the United States.