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Ramping Up To Rotterdam: October Update

Holland America Line Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne launched a new HAL Aboard series on Holland America Line’s Facebook page called “Ramping Up To Rotterdam” in anticipation of our newbuild, which is due for delivery in July 2021. Each month, Seth will chat with members of Rotterdam’s newbuild team to gain insight into what happened over the past month and what’s to come. This month, Seth spoke with Stan Kuppens, new builds projects, hotel.

In October, the coin ceremony was held for Rotterdam. Mai Elmar, executive director of Cruise Port Rotterdam in the Netherlands, served as the ship’s madrina and participated in the festivities. Two coins from 1872 were welded to the ship in honor of the year Holland America Line’s first Rotterdam set sail.

Also this month, the ship was officially floated out and moved to its outfitting pier with the help of three tugs where all of the touches will be put into place before its delivery.

These photos show a bit of the work that’s happening with the building of the ship. In the main photo above, the Lido Pool area is showcased. This is where guests will find Dive-In and New York Deli and Pizza. In the coming months, the flooring will be installed, along with the permanent railings (these are temporary). The hot tubs will be lowered into the deck and the pool will be sealed and tiled. The area wouldn’t be complete without the installation of the movie screen, a popular attraction on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.

Rotterdam's magrodome

The retractable magrodome above is a hallmark of a Holland America Line ship, making it possible to enjoy the Lido pool in all temperatures. Soon the magrodome will be lifted onto the ship by huge cranes that can lift six stories high. Hooks will be welded onto the piece for the lifting, then they will grind them down as if they were never there.

Rotterdam's atrium

Scaffolding has been placed in the Rotterdam Atrium so that the ceiling plate can be added to support the new art piece.

Rotterdam Music Walk

Those who are familiar with our Pinnacle Class ships might recognize this area as Deck 2 near Music Walk. The vantage is looking aft, toward the back of the ship. On the left will be Rolling Stone Rock Room, to the right is the Notes whisky bar. The shops will be on the left and B.B. King’s Blues Club, the large space also known as the Queen’s Lounge, will be on the right.

Next up for the ship? Subcontractors will come on board and start outfitting the ship. Work will be done on the ceiling, cabling, piping and electricity, not to mention all of the custom work. According to Stan, the ship is on schedule and everything is running smoothly. As we move into the holidays, soon members of the ship’s company will start moving to Italy to get ready for the ship’s delivery.

Stay tuned for the November edition of “Ramping Up To Rotterdam.”

  • Lisa

    Keep up the Great Work..Counting the Days till we sail on Rotterdam!!

  • Traveling Dot

    Can’t wait to board her in October for the TA to Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Barbara Couchman

    So looking forward to sailing on Rotterdam in September 2021. Following the building process is so interesting!! Thanks for keeping us in the loop!!

  • Janice Wege

    P’m booked on the transatlantic in October!! Can’t wait and so looking forward to sailing on the new Rotterdam!

  • Heinz Toroxel

    “Traveling Dot” we will be with you on the TA in October. We did a TA on all Pinnacle Class ships.

  • Margot Villanova

    We feel like expectant parents awaiting the Inaugural Cruise in August!!!

  • Fran Fitzpatrick

    Will the new 2021 Rotterdam have a movie theater?

  • Julie

    Fran, our Pinnacle Class ships have a giant movie screen around the Lido Pool area where we offer movies under the stars and popcorn. In-stateroom TV also has a wide selection of movies.

  • Yvonne de Nooy Ryan

    We are 4-Star Mariners and are booked on her for the transatlantic sailing out of Ft.Lauderdale to Amersterdam/Norway 4-17-2022. We cannot wait to board her and enjoy our cruise with the outstanding crew and staff of HAL. Due to the pandemic we have had 5 cruises cancel and are so ready to cruise again. Also looking forward to visiting my family in Holland again!

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