Holland America Line renames newbuild to Rotterdam

31 July 2020 (Last Updated July 31st, 2020 10:59)

Carnival subsidiary Holland America Line has announced that its newbuild cruise ship Ryndam will be renamed to Rotterdam.

Holland America Line renames newbuild to Rotterdam
The previous Rotterdam cruise ship, the sixth ship bearing the name, was sold to Norwegian company Bonheur. Credit: A Savin / Wiki Commons.

Carnival subsidiary Holland America Line has announced that its newbuild cruise ship Ryndam will be renamed to Rotterdam.

The new Rotterdam will be designated as the fleet’s flagship. It will be the seventh ship to be named Rotterdam.

The ship is scheduled to be delivered on 30 July 2021, which is a slight delay from the original delivery date in May next year due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, Holland America Line sold four cruise ships, Amsterdam, Maasdam, Rotterdam and Veendam.

The ships were sold in pairs. Norwegian company Bonheur acquired the R-Class Amsterdam and Rotterdam that will be transferred in the next few months.

The new Rotterdam will be delivered from Marghera shipyard of Fincantieri in Italy.

The ship will offer roundtrip cruises from Amsterdam and will explore Northern Europe and the Baltic.

Holland America Line president Gus Antorcha said: “The first ship for Holland America Line was the original Rotterdam. The company was headquartered in the city of Rotterdam for many years, and the name has been a hallmark throughout our history since 1872. So clearly, the name is powerful and symbolic.

“With the current Rotterdam leaving the company, we knew we had a unique opportunity to embrace the name as our new flagship and carry on the tradition of having a Rotterdam in our fleet. Seven is a lucky number, and we know she is going to bring a lot of joy to our guests as she travels across the globe.”

Earlier this week, Carnival Corporation announced plans to remove two additional ships from its fleet amid the Covid-19 pandemic.