Coin Ceremony Held For Holland America Line’s Rotterdam
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Holland America Line celebratedRotterdamat 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’smadrinaand participated in the festivities at shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.
Dutch coins minted in 1872 to honour HAL's very firstRotterdamwere 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 untilRotterdam’s delivery,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line.
Holland America Line’s new Rotterdam in drydock.
“With a name likeRotterdam, there is no other person more ideal than Mai Elmar to serve as the ship’smadrina. 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.Rotterdamis scheduled to be delivered 30JUL, 2021.
The third in the Pinnacle Class series,Rotterdamwill 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.
Rotterdamis the seventh ship to bear the name for Holland America Line and the 17th ship constructed for the brand by Fincantieri, which most recently builtNieuw Statendam.
FollowingRotterdam’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 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.