MS Rotterdam was welcomed to Dover this morning for a special visit, which formed part of a historic reverse-transatlantic voyage from NYC to Rotterdam to re-imagine Holland America Line’s first ever sailing 150 years ago.
The inspiring partnership and unique history shared between the Port of Dover and Holland America Line dating back one and a half centuries was celebrated through a plaque exchange and entertainment today.
Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at the Port of Dover said:
“We are delighted to be celebrating Holland America Line’s 150th anniversary with a momentous visit from MS Rotterdam today.”
“Dover Cruise inspires people to be immersed in local culture, history, and scenery through fresh and unique visitor experiences. Today is the perfect example of how, together with our partners, we can connect communities and share these iconic moments together whilst looking ahead to the future.”
“My thanks go to the team at Holland America for choosing Dover to be such a big part of their historical day. I’m excited to see where our relationship goes next.”
“We’re pleased to mark this special occasion with the Port of Dover. Throughout our 150 year history, Dover has played an important role in our journeys and when we visit, the Port is always popular with our guests,” said Captain Bas van Dreumel, Holland America Line’s master of Rotterdam.
“We look forward to continuing this special relationship through our next 150 years.”
Main image – Captain Bas van Dreumel, Sonia Limbrick and Steven Manser, Port of Dover Harbour Master
Second image – Captain Bas van Dreumel, Sonia Limbrick and Christian Pryce, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Dover