The Rotterdam is the sixth Holland America Line
ship to bear the name of The Netherlands largest port
city. She is the co-flagship of the line along with her
close but not quite identical sister, Amsterdam.
Rotterdam follows a varied itinerary, which takes
her on cruises to the Baltic, Scandinavia, the
Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Black Sea, the Pacific,
the Panama Canal, Egypt, South America and around the
world. Because of the diversity of the ports she visits,
her cruises are often longer than those of other cruise
Inside, the ship is quietly elegant. There is extensive
use of wood finishes in the public rooms and restrained
lighting. Although the design style is contemporary, it
recalls the elegance of traditional ocean liners.
Along the same lines, Rotterdam is more formal
than other lines although perhaps not as formal as
Cunard or P&O Cruises.
The ship is geared toward the well-educated. She
abounds in artwork and antiques. On longer voyages,
there is a special lecture program focusing on the history
and culture of the places the ship will be visiting.
Using a traditional propeller shaft and rudder
arrangement, Rotterdam is nonetheless maneuverable.
Moreover, she can achieve 25 knots which is faster than
most cruise ships.
In 2009, Rotterdam underwent a major refit during
which several areas were changed. Inside, this included
the installation of Mix, an area combining three different
bars. Outside, the aft pool was removed and the Retreat
put in its place.
PHOTO TOUR AND
Pools, Spa, Sports and Open Deck................Page Two
Shops, Children, and Other Public Areas.....Page Three
Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.........Page Four
Dominating the ship's three-story
atrium is a large clock tower
loosely based on a 17th-century
Flemish design. It incorporates
14 clocks telling the time in
various locations around the
Rotterdam has a museum
quality art collection
including antique statues,
European and Asian works,
maritime paintings and ship
models as well as other
works. These works are
tastefully displayed Glass
display cases are the
exception rather than the
rule. Rather, the works form
part of a harmonious decor,
The decor of Rotterdam is
sophisticated, covering a
variety of styles.
Fresh flower displays
are a hall mark of Holland
As a ship that has
traveled the world,
Rotterdam has numerous
plaques and awards given
to her in the ports she has
visited (below left). There
are also reminders of
HAL's maritime heritage
mixed in as part of the
The reception desk, called the Front Office (above left), and the Shore Excursions desk are adjacent in the
Atrium on Promenade Deck.
Below left: The Atrium lobby on Lower Promenade Deck.
Below right: The future cruise sales desks are on Upper Promenade Deck near the Explorations Café.
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