Holland America Line will celebrate its 150th anniversary on two transatlantic sailings

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Both celebratory transatlantic crossings will sail on the new Rotterdam.
Both celebratory transatlantic crossings will sail on the new Rotterdam. Photo Credit: Holland America Line

Holland America Line will celebrate its 150th anniversary with special events and activities on two commemorative transatlantic crossings on the new Rotterdam.

The ship will depart the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Oct. 15 for a 15-night cruise, exactly 150 years after the first Rotterdam ship embarked on its maiden voyage (the current Rotterdam is the seventh Holland America ship to have that name).

The crossing will re-create Holland America Line's first sailing, leaving from Rotterdam and visiting Plymouth, England, and Le Havre, France, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to New York City for a rare overnight call. Then the ship sails on to Fort Lauderdale.

In New York on Oct. 26, Holland America Line plans a special ceremony and "memorable stage performance" aboard the Rotterdam.

On April 4, the Rotterdam will depart Fort Lauderdale for another transatlantic crossing, again heading to New York for an overnight call. The ship will call at Plymouth and Dover in England before arriving at Rotterdam for an overnight of festivities on April 18 -- the exact date when Holland America Line was founded in 1873.

The April 4 cruise is now open for booking, while the Oct. 15 departure has limited space remaining, Holland America Line said.

During both cruises, Holland America Line said guests will be treated to a host of experiences, including commemorative 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 Holland America Line, and an "Olympic-style event" with classic cruise sporting activities and games.

Holland America Line said its anniversary year will also include specially marketed cruises that "help relive Holland America Line's history of exploration through unique ports visited." Cruise dates will be announced in the coming months.

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