Holland America Line’s Rotterdam Completes Sea Trials

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Returning to Fincantieri’s Marghera (Venice) shipyard in Italy, Holland America Line’s newest and third Pinnacle Class vessel, Rotterdam has successful completed two sets of sea trials off the country’s Adriatic coast.

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Rotterdam left Marghera April 25 and performed the preliminary sea trials over two days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard where standard pre-delivery hull maintenance and painting were performed. The ship started its official sea trials on May 3, returning to Marghera May 6, where the final steps in the construction process will be completed. Rotterdam is scheduled for delivery July 30.

Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line said

“The successful completion of sea trials gives us great confidence as we head into the final weeks of outfitting for Rotterdam and prepare for delivery of this historic ship.”


“Construction of Rotterdam has continued through the global challenges of the past year with Fincantieri maintaining the highest level of dedication to staying on schedule. Congratulations to everyone involved for completing this significant milestone.”

As part of her sea trails, Rotterdam was put through series of rigorous performance tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines. Captain Werner Timmers, Staff Captain Kevin Beirnaert, acting Chief Engineer Stefan Dullaert and other members of Rotterdam’s designated senior bridge and engineering teams participated in testing the ship’s maneuvering characteristics and safety systems in collaboration with the shipyard’s team of naval architects, engineers and builders.

Like sister Pinnacle Class ships Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, the new Rotterdam will welcome up to 2,668 guests and offer a lineup of impressive guest favorite amenities like the 270-degree surround-screen World Stage, Rolling Stone Rock Room, Lincoln Center Stage and many more. Sumptuous specialty dining options include Rudi’s Sel De Mer, Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind & Canaletto plus wonderful included options from Main Dining Room, Dive-In, New York Pizza & Lido Market.

Set to embark on her first voyage in August 2021, Rotterdam is the seventh ship to bear the name for Holland America Line and the 17th ship constructed for the brand by Italian shipyard Fincantieri.

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