New HAL ship departs on transatlantic maiden voyage

New Holland America Line ship Rotterdam has left Amsterdam on its  14-day maiden voyage to Florida.

The 2,668-passenger vessel will be based in Fort Lauderdale for the winter running a range of Caribbean itineraries, including calls at the Half Moon Cay private Bahamian island.

Rotterdam was delivered in July as the third in the line’s Pinnacle Class and arrived at its namesake city of Rotterdam last week.

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be the ship’s godmother when it is officially named in the spring.

HAL president Gus Antorcha said: “Rotterdam’s maiden voyage has been highly anticipated for months by our guests and team members eager to welcome them aboard.

“Rotterdam is a beautiful ship and the fourth in our fleet to begin cruising this year. We are excited to bring her to Florida and the Caribbean soon on her first sailing.”

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