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Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is the sixth in a line of Holland America flagships and it shows. The first Rotterdam set sail in 1872, beginning a Holland America tradition and reputation that continued ...
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240 Holland America Rotterdam Cruise Reviews

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IslandExplorer
Member Since 2012
1 review
80 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
This pleasant, incident-free cruise started and ended in Rotterdam, and stopped at Copenhagen, Warnemunda, Talinn, St Petersburg, Stockholm and Arhus. The Baltic ports were all interesting. The three biggest highlights for us: (1) the ... Read more
dutchie50
Member Since 2011
1 review
100 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was really looking forward to this trip as it would start almost literally in our back yard and we wouldn't need to travel more than 10 minutes by car to get to the ship. Everything started off very well until we got to our cabin. Our ... Read more
Tropicali
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
24 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise with Holland America, which came highly recommended by friends. We wonder why?  Maybe many things have changed. We were appalled at the constant super-selling of the shore excursions, to the exclusion of ... Read more
michaelhoutex
Member Since 2009
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I have taken more cruises with Holland America than with any other cruise line. In fact, my first cruise was with Holland America, and I have wonderful memories of it, even though our ship (Ryndam) broke down less than forty five minutes ... Read more
gbs1112
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
25 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have begun a cruise around Indonesia from Singapore. Many of the passengers on board began the cruise in Europe so have been here for several weeks already. Quite a few Dutch passengers as you might expect as well as British who joined ... Read more

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RJBC
Member Since 2006
1 review
98 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Had an excellent cruise through Indonesia, Malasia, SirLanka, India, and Oman. We are on the Dolphin Deck (1st passenger deck) and have late seating for dinner at a table for 8. Our service has been first rate although the staff have a ... Read more
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JilP
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Although we have taken over 40 cruises, this was our first on Holland America and we would certainly cruise with them again. The crew and other passengers were the friendliest we have ever encountered and service and food were excellent. ... Read more
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ladycruzer20
Member Since 2011
1 review
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
This was our second ( and definitely last ) cruise on HAL. Just one disappoinment after another. To begin with Check-in in Singapore ( a very efficient city ) was a disaster - waited hours in the heat with not so much as a bottle of water ... Read more
alex shaw
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First HAL cruise. Embarkation in Singapore was chaotic. 2 1/4 hours to get through check-ins. Cabin was fine, not noisy, Entertainment was good and a versatile backing band. Food in service restaurants was good (as was company!) though ... Read more
pheasy
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
1. Food Dinner / Evening meal. They cannot cater for people with special diets, 15 days into the cruise still have not got a proper veggie, gluten and garlic free meal. Often the food is cold when it arrives. It is taking 45 minutes to ... Read more

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MITY
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Positives: Beautiful ship. Very good service by staff and crew. Smooth operation of complicated itinerary. Interesting guest lecturers. Good orientation lectures about each port of call. Flexible dining and always the desired table, even ... Read more
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scotty410
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I renamed the ship: "Sorrydam." Second HAL cruise, last was the Ryandam, was five start service expected the same on the Rotterdam...let me tell you, it is not the line but ship culture that make it all worth while. Too many ... Read more
Ottawa Valley Cruisers
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have been on many cruises and this is the only one where the cruise line had food, activities and entertainment geared to the locations we were travelling to such as a bellydancing demo and lessons and cooking demos when we were in ... Read more
Adelthedoc
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Last year I returned home from a holiday with my wife which included the 10-Day Holy Land Sojourn on-board the Holland America, deeply dissatisfied with the quality of the cabin we stayed in. We paid the cost of an ocean-view room (being ... Read more
cruznfan94
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
My first HAL cruise, but 20th overall cruise (I'm 32) My mom and aunt's 2nd with HAL (60's and 70's age ranges). We stayed at Holland America's appointed hotel the night before our cruise, which sailed from Athens on Nov. 10-30 (Volos, ... Read more

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girl39
Member Since 2008
1 review
86 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
The Rotterdam is an older ship, but still very enjoyable. Great walking deck. Experienced staff. We were present for opening night of two awesome shows being presented for the first time. All new costumes, choreography and music. Of a ... Read more
fourthalarm
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
131 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our plane was delayed and we didn't get to the ship until 4:05 and it was due to sail at 4:00, but they were still dong the life boat drill. From the moment the embarkation staff became aware that we were running for the ship, they took ... Read more
sailSeas
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Ship information: MS Rotterdam ocean view deck 3 Activities: nightly show in theater, and daily filled with different workshops that's easy to follow Service: outstanding! Everyone I spoke to went out of their way to make the stay ... Read more
pittypat10
Member Since 2013
1 review
12 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
We loved the Rotterdam. The ship is very clean, just the right size, and there is plenty to do. The staff was responsive and kind. I had no criticisms of the staff at all. The ports were overall pretty great, but some days we were in port ... Read more
loversr4ever
Member Since 2006
1 review
27 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2013
We fly into Rome and spend 3 jam packed days walking and seeing and walking and seeing and etc, etc. We were tired and the eye balls hurt from looking. We stayed at a cute little hotel - Hotel Trevi- just around the corner from the ... Read more

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guayames
Member Since 2008
1 review
17 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just back from our 42 day Mediterranean cruise. Yes after 117 days (Jan to May 2013) World Cruise in the Amsterdam we were ready for a shorter one! We embarked in Barcelona. It was the fastest embarkation in our 108 cruises. When we ... Read more
Gary72
Member Since 2008
8 reviews
374 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Let me preface the following by saying we chose the cruise exclusively based upon the ports (La Coruna for Santiago, Porto, Lisbon, Cadiz, Gibraltar, and Malaga for Granada/Alhambra). We had never cruised on HAL before, with two prior ... Read more
tanguera
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We just returned from the Iberian Explorer cruise. We will start with the positive comments. Nice large cabins, we had a verandah suite, our dining experience was fine, nice choice of entertainment, easy embarkation and disembarkation, ... Read more
Torontobert68
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
MS Rotterdam is one of the older ships in the Holland America Line (built in the 1990s), medium size by today's standards (1361 passengers), and of course HAL is the cruise line for people with white (or no!) hair. Nonetheless, it is an ... Read more
hesaan-3
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2013
we left from Rotterdam on the 6th July on a 21 day cruise from the outside the ship looks good pick up from the airport and transfers were all very good and on time but that is all I can say The first week we all seem to have cold to just ... Read more

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