Coin Ceremony Held For Holland America Line’s Rotterdam

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Holland America Line celebrated Rotterdam at a coin ceremony on 01OCT ahead of its float-out next week. 


Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line (left) and Mai Elmar, executive director of
Cruise Port Rotterdam and Rotterdam’s madrina.


Mai Elmar, executive director of Cruise Port Rotterdam in the Netherlands, served as the ship’s madrina and participated in the festivities at shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.  

Dutch coins minted in 1872 to honour HAL's very first Rotterdam were welded to the outside deck to bring good fortune, and the shipyard chaplain blessed the new ship. 

“We are pleased to honor the coin ceremony tradition and celebrate this milestone that signals less than a year until Rotterdam’s delivery,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. 

Holland America Line’s new Rotterdam in drydock.


“With a name like Rotterdam, there is no other person more ideal than Mai Elmar to serve as the ship’s madrina. Mai’s name is synonymous with the cruise industry in the port city of Rotterdam and she has been a tremendous champion of our brand for decades. We’re thrilled to have her take on this special role.”

On 07OCT, Rotterdam’s drydock will be filled with water and the ship will be floated out to begin the next stage of construction at an outfitting pier. Rotterdam is scheduled to be delivered 30JUL, 2021. 

The third in the Pinnacle Class series, Rotterdam will carry 2,668 guests, measure 99,800 gross tons and feature many of the same amenities and innovations introduced with her sister ships, including the 270-degree surround screen World Stage, Rudi’s Sel de Mer and Grand Dutch Café. 

Rotterdam is the seventh ship to bear the name for Holland America Line and the 17th ship constructed for the brand by Fincantieri, which most recently built Nieuw Statendam. 

Following Rotterdam’s Premiere Voyage departing 01AUG, 2021, the ship will spend its inaugural summer season in northern Europe. Naming details have not been finalized and will be announced at a later date.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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