HAL takes delivery of new ship Rotterdam

Holland America Line has taken delivery of nerw ship Rotterdam.

The 11th ship in the fleet was handed over at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy on Thursday.

The third vessel in the line’s Pinnacle class series is the seventh to bear the name for Holland America Line.

Rotterdam will carry 2,668 passengers and feature amenities and innovations introduced with its sister ships, according to the company.

The ship will remain in non-passenger operations until its transatlantic crossing October 20 from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale, where it will then begin its maiden season in the Caribbean.

Naming details have not been finalized and will be announced at a later date, HAL said.

The line’s president Gus Antorcha said: “Rotterdam looks stunning and will certainly live up to bearing such an iconic name as the new flagship of our fleet, carrying on a tradition of excellence that our guests have loved for nearly 150 years.

“Thank you to our partners at Fincantieri and our own team members who worked tirelessly to deliver the ship on schedule during what has been the most challenging of times, and also deliver a ship that looks beautiful, is immaculately finished and will be an incredible addition to our brand. We cannot wait to welcome guests on board later this fall.”

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