1997 was a significant year for the HOLLAND AMERICA LINE and two of their passenger ships named "ROTTERDAM"
Early in 1996, HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, made the announcement that their prestigious S.S. "ROTTERDAM" of 1959 would be withdrawn from service at the end of September of 1997, the ship was already 37 years old, still very popular and much loved, but a decision was made not to rebuild her to the new SOLAS regulations, the date of her retirement would be the 30th of September of 1997. 1997 would also be the year of the introduction of the new "ROTTERDAM", already with construction under way at FINCANTIERI shipyards, the new ship was to be delivered in November of 1997 with the maiden voyage announced for the 11th of November of that year. Since the foundation of the HOLLAND AMERICA LINE in 1873, six were the ships to be named "ROTTERDAM". All photos Vitor Francisco, ROTTERDAM V dated 24.6.2017, ROTTERDAM VI, 15.7.2017