Princess Margriet of the Netherlands named godmother of Rotterdam – cruise industry news
Holland America Line has announced that Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be Rotterdam’s godmother when the ship is appointed next spring. According to a press release, the cruise line continues a tradition that began in the 1920s.
Holland America Line’s connection to the Orange House dates back almost a century when Prince Hendrik launched Statendam III in 1929. Since then, members of the Dutch Royal Family have launched 11 other Holland America ships Line over the years, including Princess Margriet who nominated the Prinsendam (1972), Nieuw Amsterdam III (1983), Rotterdam VI (1997) and Oosterdam (2003).
“We are deeply grateful to Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet to once again act as godmother of a Holland America Line ship, carrying on a long tradition with the Royal Family which continues to honor our Dutch roots,” said Gus Antorcha, President of Holland America. Line. “Rotterdam will be named Rotterdam next year, celebrating its namesake city and our historic connection to the Netherlands. We look forward to commemorating when it all started for Holland America Line.
Other members of the Dutch royal family who are godmothers include Queen Máxima, who named the Koningsdam in 2016 and Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010. The then-queen Beatrix was the godmother of Eurodam in 2008. Rotterdam V was started in 1958 by Queen Juliana. Princess Beatrix at the time appointed Statendam IV in 1957 and Prinses Margriet in 1960. Nieuw Amsterdam II was started by Queen Wilhelmina in 1937.
Rotterdam’s inaugural cruise departs on October 20, 2021 from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and embarks on a 14-day transatlantic voyage to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During its inaugural Caribbean season from November to April, the Rotterdam will complete a variety of five to 11 day itineraries that cover the southern, western, eastern and tropical regions, all round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. In mid-April, the ship will make a 14-day Atlantic Ocean crossing to Europe to spend the summer in Norway, the Baltic Sea, the British Isles and Iceland, all round-trip from Amsterdam.
The Rotterdam was delivered by the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy on July 30, 2021. The date for the designation of the ship in Rotterdam will be announced in the coming months, Holland America said.