Holland America Line, Rotterdam, Venice
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Photo Credit: Holland America Line / Danny Lehman | Rotterdam in Venice
Holland America Line, Rotterdam, lido pool
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Photo Credit: Holland America Line | Lido Pool
Holland America Line, Rotterdam, Sculptures inspired by the Warriors of Xian
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Photo Credit: Holland America Line / Michel Verdure | Models of the Warriors of Xian
Holland America Line, Rotterdam, Pinnacle Grill steak
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Photo Credit: Holland America Line / Kathryn Barnard | Steak at The Pinnacle Grill
Holland America Line, Rotterdam, Verandah Stateroom
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Photo Credit: Holland America Line / Michel Verdure | Verandah Stateroom

Rotterdam

Holland America Line, Rotterdam, Canaletto Photo credit: Holland America Line / Michel Verdure | Canaletto Restaurant

Holland America Line’s Rotterdam is the sixth ship to bear this name, and there are many links with the previous and highly popular predecessors. So what's new here? The ship’s somewhat higher speed allows for more wide-ranging itineraries in Europe, Asia, and North America, drawing a great mixture of nationalities.

What We Love

Museum-Quality Art: Dutch maritime history dates to the earliest explorations by sea, and the ship exhibits highly prized murals, paintings, and navigational instruments that recall the country’s glory days.

The Pinnacle Grill: For those who love a great steak in splendid surroundings, this specialty restaurant makes for a special occasion at lunch and dinner.

Best Known For

Refined Atmosphere: The Dutch have never been flashy, so it's no surprise that Holland America’s sophisticated interiors are low key and tasteful.

A Comfortable Size: With the most popular lines building increasingly larger ships, the fewer-than-1,500-passenger Rotterdam, feels intimate comparatively. It's easier to maneuver around a ship this size, and there’s much less frenzy at meal times and disembarkation than on larger ships.

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Who It's Best For

Seekers of Peace: The quiet atmosphere appeals to older cruisers who eschew the bar scene and don't like noisy lido decks or lots of kids gadding about.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

There's No High-End Dining: The food is what most of the passengers like to eat when they dine out in — Continental or American classics — so don’t expect anything more exotic or memorable than that.

Theodore W. Scull

Theodore W. Scull is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has written several books on crossings.

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Rotterdam at a Glance
  • Line: Holland America Line
  • Class: Rotterdam
  • Number of Passengers: 1404
  • Ship Size: Large
  • Launch Date: 1997
  • Refurbish Date: 2009
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