Holland America Line Announces Second 150th Anniversary Cruise

With Holland America Line set to celebrate its 150th anniversary on April 18, 2023, the cruise line has announced the addition of a second commemorative transatlantic crossing aboard Rotterdam to its schedule of celebratory events. Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 3, 2023, the 16-night itinerary sails to Rotterdam, Netherlands, retracing in reverse the company's first voyage.

From Fort Lauderdale, the ship will head to New York City and make a rare overnight call, giving guests extra time to experience the city's attractions, including the Statue of LibertyEllis IslandEmpire State BuildingBroadway and more. Rotterdam will then spend eight days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean, calling at Plymouth and Dover (London), England, before arriving April 18 at Rotterdam 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 October 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 canceled, 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. 

For more information, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

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