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Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam set to return to Dover for the first time since their milestone 2023 sailings


Both ships will call into Dover on 20th and 26th April respectively, following MS Rotterdam’s commemorative 150th anniversary voyage on 17th April 2023, and Nieuw Statendam’s inaugural call on 8th September 2023. Rotterdam and Nieuw Statendam will both visit Dover as part of transatlantic voyages.

The vessels have space for 2700 guests and include a wealth of onboard features including restaurants, bars, a spa, casino and top deck swimming pools. Rotterdam is the line’s newest ship.

This comes after Holland America Line announced Dover as UK homeport for Nieuw Statendam in 2025, with a full season of 10 sailings throughout summer 2025. This will be its largest set of UK calls in ten years. The ship will set sail on various itineraries including to the Canary Islands, British Isles, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Iberia and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dover’s partnership with Holland America Line dates back over one and a half centuries, when the Port was part of its first ever sailings in 1872 with the original Rotterdam. Over 150 years later, the relationship continues to go from strength to strength, with an exciting future ahead.

Peter Wright, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover said:

“It’s always a joy to welcome Holland America Line and their guests back to Dover. The upcoming return of Nieuw Statendam and Rotterdam will give us another fantastic opportunity to celebrate our unique history together, whilst adding another chapter to the story.

“We are excited for the future and look forward to presenting the very best of Kent alongside Dover’s much-loved scenery and heritage when Nieuw Statendam sails in for many more port of call visits.”

Karen Farndell, Holland America Line director sales and marketing, said:

“We can’t wait to return to Dover and are eagerly awaiting giving our guests the opportunity to explore the local area. We always receive a warm welcome and the sight of the iconic white cliffs are the perfect landmark for our visit.

“Nieuw Statendam will be a regular fixture next year, as she will spend a full season sailing out of Dover, providing our guests with an even greater choice of destinations and the option to sail with us without the need to fly. So the visit gives us the ideal opportunity to prepare for 2025 and all the benefits and opportunities it will bring.”

The Port of Dover Cruise team will be attending Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami from 8th to 11th April 2024 and invite you to come and meet them at stand 1613.


Notes to Editors

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  • The Port of Dover is closing the gap every day between the UK and the world by connecting trade, travel, visitors and communities locally-globally, collaborating with local and international partners to create a more seamless, sustainable and tech-enabled port.
  • As the UK’s busiest international ferry port and a vital gateway for the movement of people and trade, Dover handles £144 billion of trade per year, 33% of UK trade in goods with the EU and welcomes over 11 million passengers.
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