Sail Date: April 2019
From the port it was quite easy to walk into the city. Nothing very special about the city.
From the port it was quite easy to walk into the city. Nothing very special about the city. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Great experience Would do this again. The guide was very knowledgeable and took time time to explain things in the bus and off.
Great experience Would do this again. The guide was very knowledgeable and took time time to explain things in the bus and off. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Rotterdam was badly damaged in the war, so has been mainly rebuilt since then. Hence no old town, but very interesting to see and enter one of the 'cube houses', which is part of an unusual development of houses built in a ... Read More
Rotterdam was badly damaged in the war, so has been mainly rebuilt since then. Hence no old town, but very interesting to see and enter one of the 'cube houses', which is part of an unusual development of houses built in a modern 'wacky' style. Still had a good time wandering around the town as well. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
An easy 15 minute walk into the city centre from the cruise terminal. The walk takes you over an impressive bridge. Frequent trams also stop near the cruise terminal.
An easy 15 minute walk into the city centre from the cruise terminal. The walk takes you over an impressive bridge. Frequent trams also stop near the cruise terminal. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Sounds like the Dutch are pissed off. I couldn’t figure out why, for our first stop the morning after we got on this ship, we didn’t arrive into Rotterdam until noon. Southampton to The Netherlands is a rollicking 250 odd miles... ... Read More
Sounds like the Dutch are pissed off. I couldn’t figure out why, for our first stop the morning after we got on this ship, we didn’t arrive into Rotterdam until noon. Southampton to The Netherlands is a rollicking 250 odd miles... cross the English Channel, hang a left, boom! You’re there. But...we’re on a boat full of 3,500 jet lagged Americans. At the here’s-how-you-put-a-velcro’ed-life-jacket-on demo, they asked people to cheer for their home country. Oh, hell, yes, buncha Yanks. And all of them dragging their tail feathers from the red eye to get here. So finally, the noon arrival made sense. Why make our Colonial Cousins cranky by getting into port early and depriving them of primo jet lag shuteye time? Let’s wander around the North Sea for the morning, entice them into snoozing in (“after all, honey, there’s no reason to get up early...”) and they’ll wake up happy and ready to take the overpriced tours and spend them greenbacks! Enter the Dutch. As I recall, there’s a certain politician who hasn’t been particularly neighborly to anyone lately. Tariffs, insults, general unpleasantness. The Scandinavians are nothing if not unfailingly polite. They’re Canadians in Viking hats. Just...do not piss them off. I think...but this is supposition, mind...they’re a little annoyed. For the first time (ever), for clearance into the Schengen Area (those European countries with reciprocal visa agreements), we gotta have our passports peered at. Soooo...starting at 7am, everyone outta bed, let’s have a lookit theese pahspohrts, shall wee? Wilkohmen au The Netherlands! As we pulled into the shipping lanes (Rotterdam is one of the biggest ports in the world) we saw Dutch windmills! Wait. Aren’t they supposed to be wood and cute? These are kinda ugly and look like the ones near Tehachapi, California. Giant metal monsters. So the other nice thing is the Rotterdam port authority arranged for free busses to run almost the entire time the ship was in port from the ship to the city center, to the marketplace then back to the ship. Yaaay we didn’t pay for a tour at this port...we got to see what we wanted for a €2 tip each way. Life is good. We had lunch at a little bistro with free WiFi - all in all, one modest cost day, aside from Sheri’s Donutella shake. Mini donuts blendered into ice cream and Nutella. It was too much for me. The next day a sea day, so sleeping in and bingo and no stress. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I had not been here since my teenage years and my husband had not been at all. It is a lovely city and we thoroughly enjoyed our excursion which was a full day, with lunch.
I had not been here since my teenage years and my husband had not been at all. It is a lovely city and we thoroughly enjoyed our excursion which was a full day, with lunch. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My reading did not do this city justice. It was beautiful and friendly. We took the ferry to Kinderdijk - wonderful.
My reading did not do this city justice. It was beautiful and friendly. We took the ferry to Kinderdijk - wonderful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We loved walking around Rotterdam, enjoying the beautiful architecture. Before leaving the ship, the cruise director gave us some tips to enjoy while walking around Rotterdam. We also did some shopping before returning to the ship.
We loved walking around Rotterdam, enjoying the beautiful architecture. Before leaving the ship, the cruise director gave us some tips to enjoy while walking around Rotterdam. We also did some shopping before returning to the ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Based on the website's statement that on Day 8 "after an onboard dinner, you have free time to explore the city," I was expecting the ship to dock and have an opportunity to walk around Rotterdam. But instead, the ship ... Read More
Based on the website's statement that on Day 8 "after an onboard dinner, you have free time to explore the city," I was expecting the ship to dock and have an opportunity to walk around Rotterdam. But instead, the ship merely motored through the Rotterdam Harbor. It never docked! And, I was told by ship officers and the cruise director that it never docks in Rotterdam!! Website is very misleading. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Rotterdam and Delft for King's Day! There was lots to see without an excursion or anything really planned.
Rotterdam and Delft for King's Day! There was lots to see without an excursion or anything really planned. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Took a taxi from the port over to the windmills and made arrangements for him to pick us up afterward. Cost was much cheaper that way and we even took the canal trip to the windmills rather than walking all the way which is what the ... Read More
Took a taxi from the port over to the windmills and made arrangements for him to pick us up afterward. Cost was much cheaper that way and we even took the canal trip to the windmills rather than walking all the way which is what the excursion from ship would have made us do. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We went to the bus station and took a bus to Amsterdam. We then did a canal cruise and walked the city. Great
We went to the bus station and took a bus to Amsterdam. We then did a canal cruise and walked the city. Great Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Very nice city to explore and if you're active the key sites are in a reasonable walking distance. If not, there's an efficient tram system which is easy to follow. It was nice to see it at night as we had a late departure. The ... Read More
Very nice city to explore and if you're active the key sites are in a reasonable walking distance. If not, there's an efficient tram system which is easy to follow. It was nice to see it at night as we had a late departure. The Erasmus bridge at night makes for a good photo! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We traveled from Amsterdam to Rotterdam to embark on the ship. Rotterdam is more modern than Amsterdam, but they took the time to make the high-rises architecturally interesting, We only had time to walk across the bridge next to where the ... Read More
We traveled from Amsterdam to Rotterdam to embark on the ship. Rotterdam is more modern than Amsterdam, but they took the time to make the high-rises architecturally interesting, We only had time to walk across the bridge next to where the ship was docked. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We took a train to Delft, which was wonderful; took a boat trip and walked around
We took a train to Delft, which was wonderful; took a boat trip and walked around Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Easy and cheap to travel by Metro from the port to The Hague where we went to visit the excellent art gallery, The Mauritshuis and saw Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' and 'The Goldfinch' by Carel Fabritius.
Easy and cheap to travel by Metro from the port to The Hague where we went to visit the excellent art gallery, The Mauritshuis and saw Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' and 'The Goldfinch' by Carel Fabritius. Read Less

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