Holland America Line Reveals Plans to Mark 150th Anniversary with Two Commemorative Voyages and Extended Celebrations
During the October and April 150th Anniversary Transatlantic crossings,
“A milestone like a 150th Anniversary doesn’t come around often for most companies, and our celebrations will bring to life our century-and-a-half of amazing history,” said
150th Anniversary Commemorative Celebrations:
Oct. 15crossing, 15 nights: Rotterdam VII will depart Rotterdam, the Netherlands, exactly 150 years to the date of the departure of Rotterdam I’s maiden voyage, which took place before the company was incorporated. The crossing will recreate Holland America Line’sfirst sailing, leaving from Rotterdamand visiting Plymouth, England, and Le Havre (Paris), France, before crossing the Atlantic Oceanto New York Cityfor a rare overnight call; then it sails on to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. April 4crossing, 16 nights: Departing Fort Lauderdale, Rotterdamheads to New York Cityfor an overnight call; it will then spend eight leisurely days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean, calling at Plymouthand Dover( London), England, before arriving April 18— Holland America Line’s150th anniversary — at Rotterdamfor an overnight full of festivities.
During the crossings, guests will be treated to a host of experiences, including commemorative historic menus and cocktails offering a taste of the brand’s history, live music with special performances by guest artists, presentations reliving the history and roots of
- New York City Anniversary Event:
Holland America Linewill kick off its 150th anniversary year with a special ceremony aboard Rotterdamwhen the ship overnights at New York City Oct. 26, 2022, including a memorable stage performance to mark the historic night.
- Rotterdam Welcome: When Rotterdam arrives at
Rotterdamin the Netherlands April 18, 2023, the ship will receive a grand welcome on its 150th birthday in the city of the company’s founding. During the overnight call, guests and city of Rotterdamwill help mark this historic milestone at an evening event on board. Additional Special Anniversary Themed Cruises: The anniversary year will include specially marketed cruises that help relive Holland America Line’shistory of exploration through unique ports visited. The cruise dates will be announced in the coming months and will include special programming for each voyage.
- Retail Merchandise: Limited-edition, specially designed 150th Anniversary retail items will be available in the shipboard shops.
Additional celebratory details will be revealed in the near future.
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