Holland America’s newest ship Rotterdam is set to be officially named during a ceremony in its namesake city — Rotterdam, Netherlands — on 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.
The vessel’s special seven-night Rotterdam Naming Celebration cruise will sail roundtrip from Amsterdam on May 29.
Aside from Rotterdam, other port calls will include Kristiansand, Stavanger, and Flåm, Norway, along with scenic cruising in Sognefjord — the largest and deepest fjord in Norway.
When the ship arrives in Rotterdam, a private ceremony will be held for invited guests that will be broadcast throughout the ship.
During the sailing, guests will enjoy special events exclusive to the naming sailing, including a Gala Dinner and an opportunity to participate in the blessing of the ship’s bell — along with surprises and commemorative gifts.
“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.”
“Have it All” fares for the Rotterdam Naming Celebration cruise begin at $1,749 per person. Cruise-only fares begin at $1,399 per person.
Holland America Line’s connection to the Dutch Royal Family goes back nearly a century to Prince Hendrik launching Statendam III in 1929. Since then, members of the family have launched 11 more Holland America ships throughout the years, including Princess Margriet who has already named four of the line’s ships.
Rotterdam was delivered by Fincantieri shipyard in July 2021, and sailed her inaugural voyage in October.
Currently, the vessel is operating Caribbean voyages roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In May, the ship will head to Europe to operate cruises from Amsterdam.