The Homeric was adopted by Holland America Line in 1988 and renamed in Westerdam. The was overhauled from autumn 1989 to spring 1990 at MEYER WERFT and was extended by an additional 40 meters to an overall length of 240 meters. Never before has a cruise of these dimensions been extended at such a level – at that time an enormous challenge for MEYER WERFT.
The Homeric was the first cruise ship built by MEYER WERFT. It was delivered to the shipping company Home Lines in 1985. Apart from being the first cruise ship built in Papenburg, it was also the only one at MEYER WERFT that was literally launched, in this case sideways. Never before has a ship of these dimensions been launched sideways.