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

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Rotterdam Overview

(4.0) 4.0 out of 5+ star rating
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
Holland America Line automatically adds $11.50 per person, per day, to onboard accounts; this is then shared among waiters, stewards and other service personnel. That amount can be adjusted in either direction by visiting the front desk. A 15 percent gratuity is tacked on to bar bills. Note that gratuities are not automatically included on bills for spa treatments.
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Rotterdam Member Reviews 213 Reviews

I was really looking forward to this trip as it would start almost literally in our back yard and we wouldn't need to travel more than 10 minutes by car to get to the ship.

Everything started off very well until we got to our cabin. Our ...continue


   Always trying for more money
April 2014

This was our first cruise with Holland America, which came highly recommended by friends.

We wonder why?  Maybe many things have changed.

We were appalled at the constant super-selling of the shore excursions, to the ...continue


   What is Holland America doing?
April 2014

I have taken more cruises with Holland America than with any other cruise line. In fact, my first cruise was with Holland America, and I have wonderful memories of it, even though our ship (Ryndam) broke down less than forty five minutes after ...continue


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Rotterdam Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
3.0
4.1
Public Rooms
4.0
4.6
Cabins
4.0
4.6
Entertainment
3.0
3.5
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.9
Family & Children
3.0
3.3
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.2
Enrichment
4.0
NA
Service
4.0
4.5
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.0
Rates
4.0
4.2

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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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