Rotterdam Review

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Why Choose Rotterdam?

  • A classic Holland America ship with modern amenities
  • Spacious standard cabins
  • Spa offers a therapy pool, salon and fitness center

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

This cruise has been in my bucket list for a while and did not disappoint in the ports of call. If I had to choose a favorite it would be Iceland but all the stops were well worth the visit. The weather for that time of year and latitude was as ... Read more
We just returned from a wonderful cruise on the Holland America Line (HAL), MS Rotterdam. We had the most wonderful time and visited the most exciting places. The weather was as expected for the area we covered: Bergen, Shetland Islands, Iceland (3 ... Read more
07/16
HAL is a cruise line with some problems as far as I can tell from the experience on this cruise. The itineraries are unique and that's a plus (This one covered Iceland, Shetland islands, Greenland and Canada) The ship's size is smaller and that's a ... 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
4.2
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:
86
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