Rotterdam Review

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Why Choose Rotterdam?

  • Pro: Pool deck never feels overcrowded
  • Con: Older ship showing signs of wear
  • Bottom Line: Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

Rotterdam Overview

Editor Rating
4.0

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 through Rotterdam V, one of the most beloved ships of all time and host to 28 world cruises.

Like her five classic predecessors, Rotterdam is more of a throwback to earlier cruise ships compared to most megaships built after 1995. However, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots and all of the modern amenities expected of a relatively large ship, the Rotterdam successfully straddles that sometimes fine line between classic and modern.

Highlights of the Rotterdam experience include: some of the largest "standard" cabins afloat; a high percentage of outside cabins that feature verandahs; upscale alternative dining in the Pinnacle Grill; and the Explorations Cafe -- a library, Internet cafe and coffee bar wrapped into one popular hangout.

The Rotterdam also features typical Holland America history and service. Memorabilia of the line's fabled past can be seen throughout the ship (the Dutch officers are happy to share the company's history with curious passengers). In addition, the Indonesian and Filipino staff continue the Holland America tradition of sparkling clean ships and white-gloved service.

Rotterdam Fellow Passengers

Though a typical Holland America and Rotterdam cruise tends to attract more mature passengers, younger travelers and families are definitely coming aboard. It all depends on the itinerary and time of year. Gentleman Hosts are typically onboard for cruises of two weeks and longer.

Rotterdam Dress Code

Seven-night cruises typically feature two formal nights, with an extra formal night for every additional five days or so on longer cruises. Men definitely tend to wear tuxedos on these nights. Semi-formal nights call for jacket, but ties are optional. Casual nights simply call for resort wear, where blue jeans and T-shirts are frowned upon by fellow passengers.

Rotterdam Gratuity

The automatic tip for passengers staying in interior, oceanview and verandah cabins is $12.50 per person, per day. Passengers in suites will be charged $13.50 per person, per day.

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Rotterdam Member Reviews

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12/16
We chose this cruise as it was the only one available over both holidays. Our first time sailing with HAL. The Rotterdam ship was nice. PROS - Embarkation and disembarkation very well organized. Inside cabin was comfortable and plenty of ... Read more
For the most part, we loved the Rotterdam. Its size and amenities were perfect for this traveling couple. The staff was very warm and welcoming. Our embarkation went smoothly. However, the lifeboat drill is always problematic for us on Holland ... Read more
12/16
December 2016 - Eastern Caribbean - 10 Days We chose this cruised because of the itinerary. And we're a little worried about the size of the ship as we have only sailed on Vista ships and larger. We LOVED Ms Rotterdam - the size, the decor, the ... Read more
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Rotterdam Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
4.0
Public Rooms
4.0
4.4
Cabins
4.0
4.1
Entertainment
3.0
3.4
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.8
Family & Children
3.0
2.8
Shore Excursions
3.0
3.5
Enrichment
4.0
3.5
Service
4.0
4.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.9

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Ship Stats
Crew:
600
Launched:
1997
Decks:
10
Tonnage:
59,855
Passengers:
1,404
Registry:
Netherlands
CDC Score:
92
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