Holland America Line's new Rotterdam begins inaugural Caribbean season

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T1115ROTTERDAM_C_HR [Credit: Peter Knego]
The Rotterdam at Holland America Line private island Half Moon Cay on Nov. 8. Photo Credit: Peter Knego

Holland America Line's new Rotterdam on Nov. 5 began its inaugural season of Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale. 

The ship arrived at Port Everglades on Nov. 3 following its maiden transatlantic voyage that set sail from Amsterdam on Oct. 20.

Holland America Line president Gus Antorcha greeted embarking passengers.

"We have been awaiting our return to the Caribbean for a long time, and having Rotterdam and our other ships restart operations out of Fort Lauderdale is an incredible moment for our company," Antorcha said in a statement.

The Rotterdam will sail in the Caribbean through April, with all departures roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. The cruises range from six to 11 days and sail southern, eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Every Caribbean cruise includes a call at private island Half Moon Cay.

Guests looking for a longer getaway can embark on a Collectors' Voyage -- back-to-back itineraries that offer an in-depth exploration covering more than one area.

Later this month, the Nieuw Statendam and Eurodam will kick off their Caribbean seasons from Fort Lauderdale. The Nieuw Amsterdam began Caribbean cruising from Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 23.

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