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2022 Jan. 27 Press Release Naming ms Rotterdam

Holland America Line Celebrates Naming of Rotterdam with Ceremony in Namesake City and Special Seven-Day Voyage  

Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands to serve as the ship’s godmother


Seattle, Wash., Jan. 27, 2022 — Holland America Lines newest ship Rotterdam is set to get the royal treatment at a naming ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 30, 2022. Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be the ship’s godmother, carrying on a Dutch royal tradition that began in the 1920s.


Rotterdam’s special seven-day “Rotterdam Naming Celebration” cruise sails roundtrip from Amsterdam, Netherlands, departing May 29 and also visits Kristiansand, Stavanger and Flåm, Norway, with scenic cruising in Sognefjord.


“Our new Rotterdam is a spectacular ship, and we are thrilled to have its naming ceremony scheduled with a celebratory cruise that allows our guests to join the festivities and officially welcome her to the fleet,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “Our history is deeply rooted in the Netherlands, and it was only fitting to name our newest Rotterdam in the city of Rotterdam with a royal godmother to honor our Dutch roots. We are deeply grateful that Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet will once again act as godmother to a Holland America Line ship.”


When the ship arrives at Rotterdam May 30, a private ceremony will be held for invited guests that will be broadcast throughout the ship. During the voyage, guests will enjoy special events exclusive to the naming sailing, including a celebratory Gala Dinner and an opportunity to participate in the blessing of the ship’s bell, along with surprises and commemorative gifts.


Once the ship departs Rotterdam, guests will spend the remainder of the voyage exploring the ports of Kristiansand, Stavanger and the stunning fjords and charming villages of Norway. A highlight of the itinerary is a day of scenic cruising in Sognefjord. The largest and deepest fjord in Norway, the “King of the Fjords” is one of the world’s most beautiful destinations lined with majestic mountains and lush landscapes. In Flåm, the famous railway offers an unforgettable experience, climbing from sea level to 2,800 feet, crossing back and forth over rivers and passing through 20 tunnels.


Book the ‘Rotterdam Naming Celebration’ Cruise with Have It All

Travelers who want to be a part of the festivities can book Rotterdam’s naming voyage and join in the celebrations. For guests who appreciate taking an inclusive vacation with extra amenities factored upfront into the price, Holland America Line’s “Have It All” premium package includes shore excursions, beverages, specialty dining and Wi-Fi in one base cruise fare.


“Have It All” guests on this cruise will receive one shore excursion up to $100 value or $100 off any one tour; a Signature Beverage Package that includes up to 15 drinks per day; one night specialty dining in Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind or Canaletto; and a Wi-Fi package.


“Have it All” fares for the “Rotterdam Naming Celebration” cruise begin at $1,749 per person, single occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional.  Cruise-only fares begin at $1,399 per person.


A Long Royal Relationship

Holland America Line’s connection to The House of Orange goes back nearly a century to Prince Hendrik launching Statendam III in 1929. Since then, members of the Dutch Royal Family have launched 11 more Holland America Line vessels throughout the years, including Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet who named Prinsendam (1972), Nieuw Amsterdam III (1983), Rotterdam VI (1997) and Oosterdam (2003).


Additional members of the Dutch Royal Family who are godmothers include Queen Máxima, who named Koningsdam in 2016 and Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010. Then-Queen Beatrix served as Eurodam’s godmother in 2008. Rotterdam V was launched in 1958 by Queen Juliana. Then-Princess Beatrix named Statendam IV in 1957 and Prinses Margriet in 1960. Nieuw Amsterdam II was launched by Queen Wilhelmina in 1937.


Rotterdam was delivered by the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy July 30, 2021, and sailed a transatlantic first voyage before spending the fall and winter on its inaugural Caribbean season sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Beginning in May, the ship will explore Europe, heading to Norway, the Baltic, British Isles and Iceland, all sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam.


  1. Peeters Marie- Louise

    January 31, 2022 at 6:05 am

    Groetjes, tot in juni voor onze reis naar Noorwegen, vertrek in Holland samen met mijn zus Peeters Suzanne. volgens ons een heel heel goede rederij; Holland -Amerika. Samen reeds verscheidene reizen met jullie gemaakt, spijtig van corona, dit heeft ons twee jaar binnen gehouden,
    welgemeende groeten aan U,
    Peeters marie- Louise

  2. Robina Herrington

    January 31, 2022 at 7:32 am

    That sounds wonderful, I hope the sun shines as well good luck
    And happiness for a magnificent launch and Cruise
    With my very best wishes
    From Robina

  3. Jan Willem Goudriaan

    January 31, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Dear Captain, the rate you mention for single occupancy is not correct: I requested HAL through my TA and cheapest cruise only is usd 3057 incl standard cpp…..luckily I was prepared it was too good to be true…..

  4. I have witnessed the arrival of the Rotterdam VII in Rotterdam on October 14, 2021 and also happy they named the ship ROTTERDAM and not Ryndam as it was originally intent to. There should ALWAYS be a ship with the name Rotterdam within the HAL fleet because Rotterdam is the city where Holland America Line started it famous world exploration !
    I hope that you will give us some insight photos of the ceremony on May 30, 2022 by our beloved Princess Margriet for those not able to attend this event !
    Hope the Rotterdam VII will visit Rotterdam many times during her carreer as Amsterdam seems to be her Dutch homeport..

  5. Hi. Hope all is well with you.

    I have booked the May 29th sailing to hopefully be able to enjoy all the festivities. And being in Rotterdam all day is a special treat. I’m hoping to be able to visit the Rotterdam V that my father and I sailed on multiple times as noted in your collection of memorabilia.

    Thank you this notification.

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