Holland America Rotterdam Cruise Reviews

Filter reviews by:
Your selections (clear selections):
Holland America x
Rotterdam x
Rotterdam
Member Rating
70% Loved It
Cruise Critic Rating
4.0 Editor's Rating

257 Holland America Rotterdam Cruise Reviews

Cruiser rating
Excellent
114
Very Good
59
Average
34
Poor
28
Terrible
11
See reviews for
Senior Cruises
Senior Cruises
33
Family Cruises
Family Cruises
27
First-Time Cruisers
First-Time Cruisers
11
Repositioning Cruises
Repositioning Cruises
9
Rating Summary
Dining
Public Rooms
Cabin
Entertainment
Value for Money
Service
alex shaw
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
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
MITY
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
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
Helpful? Thank MITY
scotty410
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
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

Compare Prices on Rotterdam Cruises

Adelthedoc
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
1 helpful vote
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
girl39
Member Since 2008
1 review
86 forum posts
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
3 reviews
131 forum posts
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
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

Compare Prices on Rotterdam Cruises

pittypat10
Member Since 2013
1 review
12 forum posts
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
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
guayames
Member Since 2008
1 review
17 forum posts
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
384 forum posts
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
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

Compare Prices on Rotterdam Cruises

Torontobert68
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
JD in MD
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
996 forum posts
Having done this cruise 7 years ago, the cooler summer temperatures of the ports enticed us to cruise here again for our 20th cruise. My husband, adult daughter (her first time to the Baltics)and I did have a few bumps along the road ... Read more
gsmholiday
Member Since 2013
1 review
As first time cruisers we couldn't have chosen a better cruise line, and such wonderful ports of call. When we arrived dockside in Rotterdam everyone was so helpful and well rehearsed, allowing us to flow through quickly and get to our ... Read more
mathdan
Member Since 2010
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Family of four, two teenage daughters. 2nd time cruisers first time on NCL as part of a family reunion. Cruise was part of a 3 week long Europe trip. Chosen somewhat because of HAL and Norway, but honestly more because it fit our schedule ... Read more

Compare Prices on Rotterdam Cruises

Belgian fry
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
198 forum posts
Sailed June 2013
Our group was composed of two couples from Belgium and one from the UK. Two were first time cruisers, two were new to Holland America and two had cruised with HAL before. Our age range was mid 30s to mid 50s. PARKING As suggested in the ... Read more
surfcitygirl
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
84 forum posts
The last time I had cruised Holland America was 35 years ago or so. My traveling partners had been several times more recently. I felt that for the price we paid, we got a more than excellent value. We booked for a good price, three to an ... Read more
trinity2355
Member Since 2010
1 review
77 forum posts
with 400 plus passengers being on tha Rotterdam for the whole 90 day cruise I made a lot of great friends. the food was good but got boring since dishes where repeated a lot. boarding and DE boarding in Rotterdam was the worst I ever ... Read more
riza22
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
We sailed from Dubai, having had a casual greeting on arrival at the terminal. No great welcome, more a were you on the last leg and we've missed you? OK 1500 passengers, and a very pleasant staff, but just no feeling of anyone in control. ... Read more
SwissMyst
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
6,210 forum posts
PORTS: London-Lisbon-Malaga-Tunis-Malta-Naphlion-Athens-Suez Canal-Safafa-Dubai (2 days)-Abu Dahbi-Goa-Mangalore-Cochin-Port Blair-Langkawi-Kuala Lumpur-Singapore-(Indoneisa) Jakarta-Semerang-Bali (2 ... Read more

Compare Prices on Rotterdam Cruises

Sponsored links

Sponsored links

Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?
Skip X

See Rotterdam deals up to 82% off:

November Deals
Rotterdam 70% Loved It

 
25-day Atlantic Adventurer
See all Rotterdam Deals >>