Holland America's Rotterdam Cruise Ship Completes Sea Trials

5 mins read  Sealuminati TeamMay 15, 2021

Rotterdam Cruise ship is the newest cruise ship for the Holland America Line. She has successfully completed her sea trials and is set to sail from her home port Fincantieri's Marghera, her delivery is scheduled on 30th July.

To complete the preliminary sea trials, Rotterdam left for the Adriatic sea on 25th April, from port Marghera and after 2 days , Rotterdam was placed in the dry dock of Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard. There all the pre-delivery hull maintenance and the necessary paintings were performed.

The ship began its official sea trials on May 3 to test structures, equipment, and engines before returning to Marghera on May 6 to complete the final stages of construction. In cooperation with the shipyard's team of naval architects, engineers, and designers, Captain Werner Timmers, Staff Captain Kevin Beirnaert, acting Chief Engineer Stefan Dullaert, and other members of Rotterdam's assigned senior bridge and engineering teams tested the ship's manoeuvring characteristics and safety systems.

During sea trials, the vessel was put through a series of stringent tests to see if the contracted performance estimates for the ship's structures, machinery, and engines, including manoeuvring, speed, and protection systems, matched the real performance of the ship's systems, machinery, and engines.

A three-day timeframe is unusually limited for an official sea trial run, but it's no surprise that Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line (HAL), is optimistic about the ship's release in two months.

“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.” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “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.”

Holland America Line has named Rotterdam as its newest flagship, which comes as no surprise. Rotterdam is Holland America Line's seventh ship and the 17th ship built by Fincantieri, an Italian shipyard. Rotterdam, the third ship in the Pinnacle-class set, will carry 2,668 passengers. The latest ship is 297 metres long and has a gross tonnage of 99,500 tonnes. Rotterdam will offer excellent cuisine, cutting-edge entertainment, stunning staterooms and suites, and exquisite craftsmanship, as well as features seen on sister ships. The 270-degree surround-screen World Stage, Rudi's Sel de Mer restaurant, and the Grand Dutch Café, as well as Music Walk, are among them.

After her arrival on July 30, the New Rotterdam will set sail on her maiden voyage on August 1. The ship will visit ports such as Zadar, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Kerkira, Nisos Kerkira(Corfu), Greece; Taormina, Naples; and Civitavecchia, Italy before arriving in Civitavecchia, Italy. Following her maiden voyage, the ship will set sail for Northern Europe on a voyage to Rotterdam, her namesake port. Cruises from Amsterdam to the Baltic, including the capital cities of Helsinki and Stockholm, as well as the world's most northern major port, St. Petersburg, are on the itinerary. The ship will stay in Northern Europe for a series of voyages to the British Isles, Iceland, and Norway, which will include a visit to the breath-taking Norwegian Fjords.