SEATTLE — Holland America Line has announced a second transatlantic crossing aboard the Rotterdam in 2023 to commemorate its 150th anniversary.
Scheduled to depart from Fort Lauderdale on April 3, 2023, the 16-night itinerary will sail to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, retracing in reverse the cruise line’s very first voyage 150 years.
From Fort Lauderdale, the ship will head to New York City and make a rare overnight call. It will then spend eight leisurely days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean, calling at Plymouth and Dover (London), England, before arriving in Rotterdam on April 18, the company’s anniversary date, for an overnight full of festivities.
“As we got deeper into planning the events surrounding our 150th, we knew that the best place to celebrate the date of our founding was in the city of Rotterdam where it all started,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “These voyages that mark our first departure and our anniversary are going to be incredibly memorable as we retrace our first sailing from the 1870s, but on a modern, luxury cruise ship. We anticipate the April cruise to be as popular as the October sailing.”
To kick off a season of celebrations, Holland America Line announced the first special 150th anniversary crossing that will depart Rotterdam on Oct. 15, 2022, exactly 150 years to the date of the departure of Rotterdam I’s maiden voyage. The crossing will recreate that first sailing, going from Rotterdam to New York, with calls at Plymouth and Dover, then on to Fort Lauderdale. The ship will stay overnight in New York for special celebrations.
To accommodate the new April 3 departure, three voyages were cancelled and all guests and their travel advisors were notified.
Bookings for the new eastbound transatlantic crossing will open to the public on July 14, 2022.