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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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251 Holland America Rotterdam Cruise Reviews

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cruznfan94
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
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
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

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loversr4ever
Member Since 2006
1 review
27 forum posts
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
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
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

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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
988 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
8 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
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

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surfcitygirl
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
81 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
Gordon66
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
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

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Annajj
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
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
Deedeedog
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
519 forum posts
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
64 forum posts
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
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
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

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