Holland America Line, a division of Carnival Corporation, has received a new cruise ship, named Rotterdam, from Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri.
The handover took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy.
Rotterdam is the eleventh ship in the cruise line’s fleet.
After Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, delivered in 2016 and 2018 respectively, Rotterdam is the line’s third vessel in the Pinnacle Class series.
With a gross tonnage of 99,800, the 300m-long ship can carry around 2,668 passengers in 1,340 cabins.
The vessel has been designed by two architecture studios, Tihany Design and Yran & Storbraaten.
Rotterdam is equipped with technology to reduce environmental impact and optimise energy efficiency while responding to prevailing safety regulations.
The vessel features amenities and innovations introduced with its sister ships. Furthermore, it includes the Rolling Stone Rock Room and other venues for live music at sea, as well as a dining room and wide range of culinary venues.
Holland America Line president Gus Antorcha said: “Rotterdam looks stunning and will certainly live up to bearing such an iconic name as the new flagship of our fleet, carrying on a tradition of excellence that our guests have loved for nearly 150 years.
“Thank you to our partners at Fincantieri and our own team members who worked tirelessly to deliver the ship on schedule during what has been the most challenging of times, and also deliver a ship that looks beautiful, is immaculately finished and will be an incredible addition to our brand.”
The vessel will remain in non-guest operations until its transatlantic crossing, which is scheduled to take place on 20 October.
Rotterdam will sail from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where it will commence its maiden season in the Caribbean.
The naming details have not been confirmed and will be announced in future.
In January, Fincantieri floated out Silver Dawn, Silversea Cruises’ new ship, for the first time at its Ancona shipyard in Italy.