Ramping Up to Rotterdam: A Visit to the Shipyard

Last week Brand Ambassador Seth Wayne flew to Italy to visit Rotterdam at the Fincantieri shipyards in Marghera and Trieste. Seth was at Marghera before the ship left for sea trials and made way to Trieste for a quick dry dock before returning back to Marghera. Not only did he spend time on the ship, he also spent time under it! Enjoy the photos, and be sure to visit Seth’s Facebook page to see videos of him walking through the ship with Stan Kuppens, as well as talking to several members of the ship’s senior team (including Captain Timmers).



Rotterdam's azipod.

Rotterdam’s azipod.

The blocks holding up the ship.

The blocks holding up the ship.

Rotterdam's bow thrusters.

Rotterdam’s bow thrusters.

The Lido Pool area

The Lido Pool area is coming along quickly.

The Dining Room.

The Dining Room looks nearly ready to welcome guests.

World Stage

World Stage is almost ready for showtime!

The new Half Moon Bar.

The new Half Moon Bar.

Stay tuned for another edition of Ramping Up to Rotterdam next month as we grow closer to delivery at the end of July!


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  1. Gerhardus Van MUNSTER October 16, 2021 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    As a five star member of HAL we ( Johanna and I ) sailed on most of HAL ships and

    loved all of them , booked on the Hawai cruise in 2022 on the Koningsdam.

    Hope to sail in the near future on this beoutyful new ship the ms.Rotterdam .

  2. Julia McCoun May 11, 2021 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Looks so beautiful. Loving the colors. We’re hoping our Christmas wishes come true in Antarctica aboard Westerdam with many more adventures ahead, including aboard Rotterdam.

  3. Deborah Paulson May 10, 2021 at 10:49 am - Reply

    We have four Rotterdam cruises booked, starting with an 11-day S. Caribbean cruise in Dec. 2021. Hope she sails! Sailed on the Koningsdam in Jan. 2020 and loved the Pinnacle Class ship.

  4. Melvin J Jacobs May 4, 2021 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    We’re booked on the sister ship, Nieuw Statendam for Dec. and hope it goes. Looking forward to her.

  5. Brian kinney May 4, 2021 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Nice pictures ????????

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