Holland America’s New Rotterdam Is Celebrated With Coin Ceremony

In anticipation of Rotterdam’s float-out next 7 days, Holland The united states Line celebrated the ship’s coin

In anticipation of Rotterdam’s float-out next 7 days, Holland The united states Line celebrated the ship’s coin ceremony on Thursday at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Pursuing Italian shipbuilding custom, Mai Elmar, executive director of Cruise Port Rotterdam in the Netherlands, served as the ship’s “madrina” or official patron/sponsor.

Attending the ceremony were Antonio Quintano, director of the Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard Cyril Tatar, Holland The united states Team’s vice president of newbuilding expert services and Nico Bleichrodt, vice president, intercontinental profits, for Holland The united states Line.

The standard coin ceremony signaled fewer than a yr until finally the delivery of Holland America’s new 2,668-passenger flagship. Dutch coins minted in 1872 to honor Holland The united states Line’s first Rotterdam were welded to the outdoors deck of the ship to bring excellent fortune, adopted by a blessing by the shipyard chaplain.

Elmar, shown at the coin ceremony

“With a identify like Rotterdam, there is no other human being a lot more great than Mai Elmar to serve as the ship’s madrina,” claimed Gus Antorcha, Holland America’s president. “Mai’s identify is synonymous with the cruise industry in the port metropolis of Rotterdam and she has been a huge winner of our brand name for a long time.”

Due to the fact 2000, Elmar has amplified Cruise Port Rotterdam’s annual cruise ship visits from zero to 102 ships. 

On Oct 7, Rotterdam’s drydock will be filled with water and the ship will be floated out to start the next stage of building at an outfitting pier. Rotterdam is scheduled to be sent July thirty, 2021.

The latest Rotterdam is the seventh ship to bear that historic identify and the 17th ship constructed by Fincantieri, which most lately built Nieuw Statendam.

The third in the Pinnacle Class collection, the 99,800-ton ship will consist of these options as the 270-diploma surround-monitor Environment Stage, Rudi’s Sel de Mer and Grand Dutch Café. Most notably, Rotterdam will element “are living music” on Music Walk nightly—from Lincoln Heart Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Club to Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard Onboard. 

Following Rotterdam’s inaugural voyage on August 1, 2021, the ship will shell out its inaugural summer months season in northern Europe.

Holland The united states claimed that naming ceremony details have not been finalized and will be announced at a later on date. Visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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