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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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JD in MD
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
953 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
7 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
Belgian fry
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
198 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
4 reviews
77 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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trinity2355
Member Since 2010
1 review
77 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
Gordon66
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2013
It took 2 hours to board due to the incompetence of the check in staff --utter chaos at Southampton .We heard later that the same thing happened to the passengers boarding at Rotterdam . Once aboard we found to our dismay that , as smokers ... Read more
Annajj
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2012
This was a new experience, being at sea for so long, 32 nights, but apart from a slightly chaotic embarkation at Southampton, everything else was top class. We loved the ship, having previously been on the larger Queens, but the size of ... Read more

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Deedeedog
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
516 forum posts
0 helpful votes
General Comment - This cruise sailed from Rotterdam round trip. Evidently the cruise was far from sold out so HA kept dropping th eprice as time progressed and then made (we are told) special deals for the Dutch people located close to ... Read more
help12345
Member Since 2010
1 review
60 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2012
Our first cruise with Holland America. We found the embarking & disembarking the ship very organised and were surprised to have an upgrade to a ocean view cabin but then everyone we spoke to also had an upgrade! Then the trouble started, ... Read more
billyrosedale
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have taken Mediterranean cruises before, but have never been to Spain or Portugal so were looking for an itinerary that focused on these countries. HAL's 14 day Spain and Portugal Explorer itinerary seemed perfect. Arrival: We ... Read more
got2goagain
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed August 2012
Not a great experience, and I'm usually very easy to please. We made the best of a long and expensive cruise to Scotland, Norway, and Denmark; our first cruise on Holland America. Note to first time cruisers with HA - don't expect much! ... Read more
Mairnealach
Member Since 2011
1 review
289 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2012
This was my first cruise and I hope it will not have been my last. My travelling companion and I had a marvellous time on the MS Rotterdam and, in fact, everything about the ship, the itinerary, and the ports was well-nigh perfect. We ... Read more

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je_gigote
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This is my third HAL cruise but my first in Europe, and the experience was similar enough to previous HAL cruises that it definitely felt like a HAL cruise, but it was certainly adjusted for a European audience. As Americans, my family ... Read more
world~citizen
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our Norway and North Cape cruise began in Rotterdam. As our taxi dropped us off at the pier, we could see papers blowing in the wind. They turned out to be passenger lists with cabin assignments. A passenger gathered many of them and ... Read more
chsmith48
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
25 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Recently returned from a 30 day (back to back) cruise on MS Rotterdam. Overall it was a good cruise - most of the ports were spectacular and interesting. We did all our arrangements through HAL. Flight from ATL was OK and HAL ... Read more
cashback53
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Holland America is a fallen star. This once superior line has substituted their bottom line for customer satisfaction. The cutbacks are obvious in all phases of HAL's performance. Entertainment was the worst I have ever seen in over ... Read more
rdbar
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We left Rotterdam on Saturday 2nd June , our forth trip with Holland America .The embarkation was fast and efficient one can tell that they have done this so many times that they have become expert The ship is beautiful,very clean, and the ... Read more
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aircowboy
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
75 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just finished 28 days on Holland America's Rotterdam. The cruise was a DISASTER. We have cruised with HAL for well over 100 days and have noticed a continual downward trend in quality for their ships and service. We have been on ... Read more
KatieMargaret
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Boarding was very efficient and luggage handling very good. The Ship is somewhat dated looking. Probably needs a facelift because you felt you were stuck in the Nineties. If you are a young person, this line's demographic is probably ... Read more
JWinchester
Member Since 2012
1 review
39 forum posts
1 helpful vote
As soon as I saw the itinerary for the 15 day Norway and Scotland cruise HAL offered on the Rotterdam, I was enthusiastic. Three sea days, ten ports, cities, fjords, an island, and all in places I long since wanted to visit. A perfect ... Read more
euro cruiser
Member Since 2009
1 review
10,333 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Captain: Robert-Jan Kan Cruise Director: Glenn Coenen Overall Impressions I had a good time on this cruise, even with the curve balls that were thrown our way. We had five family members traveling together in two cabins, three of ... Read more
rotjeknor
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
190 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2012
We sailed with the MS Rotterdam for a second time within a year. The ship still looks good and is constantly being painted when in port, so it keeps on looking good. In the cabin there were a few signs of wear and tear , lower part of the ... Read more

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