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Holland America Line Changes Name of Newbuild to Iconic Rotterdam

In honor of some of the most memorable ships in Holland America Line’s nearly 150-year history, the premium cruise 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 this historic name, Rotterdam will be delivered one year to the date on July 30, 2021, pushed back slightly from its original delivery of May 2021 due to the global health situation.

When 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. Guests and travel advisors with clients who were booked on the ship’s Premiere Voyage in May and itineraries through July 30 are being contacted with rebooking options.

“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’s 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.”

The History of the Name Rotterdam
Holland America Line’s first ship was Rotterdam, which sailed its maiden voyage from the Netherlands to New York Oct. 15, 1872, and led to the founding of the company on April 18, 1873. Rotterdam II was built in 1878 for British Ship Owners Co. and purchased by Holland America Line in 1886. Rotterdam III came along in 1897 and was with the company until 1906. The fourth Rotterdam joined the fleet in 1908 and also served as a troop carrier when World War I ended. Following the war it made regular cruises from New York to the Mediterranean.

Rotterdam V, also known as “The Grande Dame,” set sail in 1959 and began sailing transatlantic crossings with two classes of service. It later converted to a one-class ship in 1969. She sailed with Holland America Line for 38 years until 1997, including several Grand World Voyages, and currently is a hotel and museum in the city of Rotterdam. Rotterdam VI, the most recent to cruise for Holland America Line, was introduced in 1997 and the first ship in the R Class.

Inaugural Season to Explore Mediterranean, Baltic and Norway
Cruising aboard Rotterdam VII begins Aug. 1 with the ship’s seven-day Premiere Voyage departing from Trieste, Italy, to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, with port calls throughout the Adriatic Sea and southern Italy. The ship sails Aug. 8 from Civitavecchia on a 14-day cruise through the western Mediterranean and on to Amsterdam.

From Aug. 22 through Oct. 10, the ship will sail roundtrip from Amsterdam on three seven-day itineraries to Norway, one 14-day to the Baltic and one 14-day to Norway, Iceland and the British Isles. A trans-Atlantic completes the inaugural Europe season with a 14-day voyage from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

To accommodate guests booked on cancelled itineraries of Ryndam from May through July, Nieuw Statendam cruise itineraries also will see some changes to match up as much as possible with former Ryndam sailings.

“Guests and travel advisors will be notified today of this news and coming changes to current itineraries,” added Antorcha. “We ask everyone, though, to please bear with us just a few weeks for all of the details as we rebuild itineraries and put the finishing touches on several desirable alternatives. We will follow up with specific details very soon so everyone knows their options.”

Guests booked on the originally scheduled Premiere Voyage will be rebooked on the Premier Sailing for Rotterdam, departing August 1, and will receive a $100 per person shipboard credit. All other guests who were booked on impacted Ryndam or Nieuw Statendam cruises will be automatically rebooked to a similar future cruise date during the summer at the same fare paid. Guests will receive a $100 per person shipboard credit for cruises 10 days or less and $250 per person for itineraries of 12 days or more. Guests are asked to wait until they receive updated booking confirmations in the next several weeks before contacting Holland America Line for additional changes to the booking.


About Rotterdam VII
The third in the Pinnacle Class series, Rotterdam will carry 2,668 guests, measure 99,500 tons and feature highly successful amenities and innovations introduced with her sister ships, including the 270-degree surround screen World Stage, Rudi’s Sel de Mer and Grand Dutch Café. Delivering the best of everything, Rotterdam celebrates live music with an exclusive collection of world-class performances each night – from Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Club to Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard Onboard.

Throughout the ship, Rotterdam also will showcase Holland America Line hallmarks that drive one of the highest guest repeat rates in the industry: exquisite cuisine guided by eight of the world’s leading chefs; gracious, award-winning service; and superbly appointed staterooms and suites, including family and single accommodations.

Rotterdam is the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most recently built Nieuw Statendam. Naming details have not been finalized and will be announced later.

  • Brian Wickens

    Very fitting!!! Hope to sail on the new ‘Rotterdam’ when her first proposed inaugural sailing was May 28 – my birthday. Now will look forward to a belated birthday celebration to attempt to be on her August 01 send off.

  • Margaret

    Can i have its itinerary please?

  • Geraldine Dudding

    Well done changing the name of the newest HAL ship from Ryndam to Rotterdam. Our first cruise was on Rotterdam VI and we look forward to our transatlantic on Rotterdam VII

  • Marilyn Lindsey

    I am looking forward to sailing with Holland-America again.

  • Irene Verschoor-Loggen

    Great! Happy! HAL needs a Rotterdam ship. And please let it start with cruises from and to the hometown Rotterdam.

  • Joel Heine

    Great news! The Rotterdam is always my favorite Vessel. The Crew, From Captain Harm, Hotel Director Marco @ Bert, Bianca, Jonny and the rest of the Crew, you’re the BEST!
    Can’t wait until I get onboard the Rotterdam again!
    Joel Heine

  • Blanchie

    Kudos to HAL for changing the name from MS Ryndam to MS Rotterdam. I was very sad they had sold the RO to me it was the classiest ship in their fleet. The decor was outstanding. Such a beautiful ship. May she always have safe travels and God’s Speed. I hope that I can travel on her some day in the near future. ❤️??❤️

  • Tuhandri

    Ryndam was my first ship and Rotterdam was my last ship.Glad to be part of HAL family.

  • Marie Giddings

    Will HAL be getting any more smaller ships, 1,300 to 1,500 passengers? Have sailed on all the ships that are no longer with HAL. I’m really sad to see all those ships gone because I prefer sailing on the smaller ships.

  • Kaye Werner

    We are booked on the trans-Atlantic voyage in October 2021 and are very excited about sailing on this new and beautiful ship.

  • Tom Blanchard

    Tradition is the may stay of any organization, so very proud to have the ms Rotterdam sailing again for Holland America.

  • Louise Barnhoorn

    My husband Henk and I LOVE the name change!
    Especially since we met each other on the
    SS ROTTERDAM V back in 1961.
    Great idea! Congratulations also to our new HAL PRESIDENT!

  • Catherine Outeiral

    My sister Diane sailed with my mother on “The Grand Dame” to the Carribean in 1996 or 1997.
    I sailed with my mother on The Noordam to Alaska in 1991.
    I lost my mother (Margaret Outeiral), in September of 2009. She was a high seller for Christmas Around The World in New York, owned by Harry Lloyd, and sailed with HAL often from 1989 to mid 2005, when Harry’s kids sold the company after he died.
    I have been alone since my mother died in 2009. My family fell apart after my mothers passing.
    I just wanted to say tonight, that reading about Rotterdam 7 gave me such joy tonight!
    I hope to cruise with you guys in 2021 or 2022, when the world opens up again after the Pandemic.
    Stay Safe–

  • Ronald Anker

    i hope that she is getting the champane bottle in here home town Rotterdam (Holland) thats a tradition

  • Ivan Braganza

    Excellent choice, looking forward towards her joining the fleet.

  • Cornelis Hoogeveen

    The Tradition Continues!!!
    Smart decision.

  • Gail Pieper

    Looking forward to our voyage August 2021 to Iceland, Norway etc. Every cruise with Holland America has been a superb experience!

  • Ed Valentine

    Awesome decision! Keep the traditions alongside the newer ships! Looking forward to sailing on her in October 2021!

  • Cornelis Ouwehand

    m.s “Rotterdam” the best choice for this new ship as memorial for duty all the years before. On the old “Rotterdam” we sailing for more then 120 days our worldcruise 2009. Have a good time in the future. Carla en Cees Ouwehand.

  • Tom

    Look forward to booking the first cruise out of Fort Lauderdale on the new Rotterdam on October 24th 2021. Call today to get information and have it hopefully set up for me to get a email when the reservations are started for the US cruises. I have traveled on all of the new ships that have cruise out of Fort Lauderdale over the last several years. Please stay safe and healthy during this time of our Health crisis. We will be back to cruising when the cruise lines feel it is safe.

  • m.a. van schie

    Jammer, weer zo,n groot schip,de Rotterdam was een prima en gezellig schip!
    Je hoefde niet zo ver te lopen naar het theater vanaf het restaurant en er waren niet zo verschrikkelijk veel passagiers aan boord!

  • Marilynn Kadan

    i look forward to read /see more on the Rotterdam VII, as i was booked on Rotterdam for a San Diego>FT Lauderdale Fl back for Early March 2020, though i had cancelled back in Sept2019, & rebooked 2 other cruises ! Zaandam May 2020 Montreal>Boston and Veendam Dec 2020 tampa7day. & we all know what happened to those cruises! so i will rebook Montreal>Boston May 2021 and find another dec 2020 or early 2021 cruise,, and so await another cruise on board New Rotterdam VII…

  • rob mes

    I appreciate the name change, but it would be even better if the home port also became Rotterdam and the cruises would start and end there.

  • rob mes

    To honor the history of MS Rotterdam, christening should also take place in Rotterdam.

  • Michael La Garde

    Antorcha’s renaming of the new build from Ryndam to Rotterdam is his first big splash with HAL cruisers and we welcome it. Looks like we have a smart leader at the helm.

  • Lair Potts

    Very fitting and a perfect move in these trying times, it means HAL is looking forward and to a prosperous future. Does this, however, mean HAL is abandoning its commitment to midsize ships?

  • Julie

    Hi Lair, at 2,600 guests, we’re still mid-sized, and we have smaller vessels in the fleet. In fact, six ships carry under 2,000 guests.

  • Cathy Y

    I am so pleased to read all the good wishes for the flagship renaming, and congratulations to the new president. The heartfelt sentiment for past cruises and looking forward to future cruises gives me a great boost after all this quarantining!

    See you on the Nieuw Stadtendam on the Nrthetn Isles trip in June/July 2021!

  • Wiegert Schuil

    Great to learn HAL decided to rename the newest vessel from RIJNDAM into ROTTERDAM. Would even be greater if her maiden voyage from the Netherlands would depart from her hometown Rotterdam.

  • Elisabeth de Borst

    Jammer van die “oude en vertrouwde” Rotterdam. Hadden daar altijd de beste aangepaste hut die er maar bestaat!
    En nu Rotterdam7, die hoort dus ook in de thuishaven Rotterdam aan te komen en te vertrekken….!

  • Pat

    The old Rotterdam was scheduled for 3 ,17 day cruises, round trip Boston to Greenland in 2021. Will you still be offering this trip. It is a great itinerary. I’m looking forward to that trip.

  • Julie

    We will still be doing Voyage of the Vikings, so stay tuned.

  • Christina Koetsier

    The Rotterdam 6 was a very nice ship. I loved it. I sailed on it to Iceland and on the 90 days worldcruise 2016 in a perfect lanai-cabin. I think it is a pity there are no lanai-cabins any more on the new ships. Even though I was every cruise seasick (on The Rijndam and Rotterdam) it did not stop me from cruising. I am an addict.

  • Joke

    Mixed feelings……… it’s great to have a Rotterdam flagship again, but we’ll still miss the old lady….
    And her home port should be Rotterdam!

  • Jalna Hunt

    We love the smaller ships in the HAL fleet, and are disappointed that another favourite,
    Rotterdam VI, is disappearing. The newer class vessels have drastically reduced the promenade deck, eliminating deck chairs, and therefore, our close contact with the sea
    which we cherish each day. It is the experience of being at sea, with fresh air, clouds and sunsets to delight us, that keeps us, 5-star mariners, sailing with HAL. Please keep the
    sea-faring experience top of the list of offerings.
    We can go to concerts and discos on shore at home. We cannot replicate the sea there!


    My wife and I are looking forward to sailing on this new ship for 21 days in the Caribbean over the Christmas & New Years holiday.

  • Andrea Wright

    I personally was sad to see the name change. I nostalgically booked the maiden voyage because we sailed on the Ryndam to the US from Netherlands when we immigrated in 1956. However, I did get over the disappointment and look forward to our cruise Aug 1st.

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