ms Rotterdam

Former names: MS Rotterdam VII, MS Nieuw Ryndam, MS Nieuw Rotterdam

ms Rotterdam current position

ms Rotterdam current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 61.65001 N / 4.35203 E) cruising at speed of 19.1 kn (35 kph/ 22 mph) en route to Bergen. The AIS position was reported 1 minute ago.

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Current itinerary of ms Rotterdam

ms Rotterdam current cruise is 21 days, round-trip Scandinavian Jewels Norse Legends. Prices start from USD 2619 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 08 May, 2022 and ends on 29 May, 2022.

Date / TimePort
08 May 17:00    Departing from Amsterdam, Netherlands North Holland hotels
10 May 07:00 - 18:00    Oslo, Norway
11 May 08:00 - 18:00    Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden
12 May 08:00 - 17:00    Copenhagen, Denmark
13 May 08:00 - 18:00    Warnemunde-Rostock, Germany
15 May 08:00 - 17:00    Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
16 May 08:00 - 17 May 18:00    Stockholm, Sweden
19 May 07:00 - 17:00    Kiel, Germany
20 May 08:00 - 17:00    Aarhus, Denmark
22 May 07:00 - 17:00    Amsterdam, Netherlands North Holland
24 May 07:00 - 15:00    Eidfjord, Norway Hardangerfjord
25 May 08:00 - 17:00    Alesund, Norway
26 May 07:00 - 17:00    Geiranger, Norway
27 May 08:00 - 17:00    Bergen, Norway
29 May 07:00    Arriving in Amsterdam, Netherlands North Holland hotels

Specifications of ms Rotterdam

Year built2021  /  Age: 1
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
ClassPINNACLE
Building costEUR 480 million (USD 520 million)
Engines (power)MAK (50.4 MW / 67588 hp)
Propulsion power28 MW / 37549 hp
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)297 m / 974 ft
Beam (width)34 m / 112 ft
Gross Tonnage99800 gt
Passengers2668 - 3218
Crew1025
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks13
Cabins1340
Decks with cabins8
Sister-shipsMS Koningsdam, MS Nieuw Statendam, Cunard Queen Anne
Former namesMS Rotterdam VII, MS Nieuw Ryndam, MS Nieuw Rotterdam
Christened byHRH Princess Margriet Francisca of the Netherlands
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorHolland America Line
HAL-Holland America Line ships 2022 restart dates

ms Rotterdam Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Apr 17 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam Fort Lauderdale $699
2022 Apr 17 21 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam Fort Lauderdale $1479
2022 May 01 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $849
2022 May 01 21 days, round-trip Norse Legends Baltic Jewels Amsterdam $2619
2022 May 08 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of Scandinavia Amsterdam $1899
2022 May 08 21 days, round-trip Scandinavian Jewels Norse Legends Amsterdam $2619
2022 May 22 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $849
2022 May 22 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Naming Celebration Amsterdam $1429
2022 May 29 7 days, round-trip Rotterdam Naming Celebration Amsterdam $649
2022 May 29 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Naming Celebration Amsterdam $1239
2022 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $649
2022 Jun 05 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $1239
2022 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $999
2022 Jun 12 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $2119
2022 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $849
2022 Jun 19 21 days, round-trip Norse Legends Voyage Of The Midnight Sun Amsterdam $3189
2022 Jun 26 14 days, round-trip Voyage Of The Midnight Sun Amsterdam $2499
2022 Jun 26 21 days, round-trip Voyage Of The Midnight Sun Viking Sagas Amsterdam $3189
2022 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $849
2022 Jul 10 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $1619
2022 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $849
2022 Jul 17 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $1619
2022 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $849
2022 Jul 24 21 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Northern Isles Amsterdam $3189
2022 Jul 31 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Amsterdam $2499
2022 Jul 31 21 days, round-trip Northern Isles Norse Legends Amsterdam $3189
2022 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $849
2022 Aug 14 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $1619
2022 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $849
2022 Aug 21 21 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Northern Isles Amsterdam $3129
2022 Aug 28 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Amsterdam $2439
2022 Aug 28 21 days, round-trip Northern Isles Norse Legends Amsterdam $3319
2022 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $1049
2022 Sep 11 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $1999
2022 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $1049
2022 Sep 18 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $2049
2022 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $1099
2022 Sep 25 20 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Amsterdam $3279
2022 Oct 02 13 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Rotterdam Amsterdam $2349
2022 Oct 02 25 days, one-way from Amsterdam to New York Amsterdam $3849
2022 Oct 02 28 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale Amsterdam $3709
2022 Oct 15 12 days, one-way from Rotterdam to New York Rotterdam $1699
2022 Oct 15 15 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Fort Lauderdale Rotterdam $1549
2022 Oct 30 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $899
2022 Oct 30 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $1839
2022 Nov 09 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $1049
2022 Nov 09 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $1789
2022 Nov 20 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $849
2022 Nov 20 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $1699
2022 Nov 30 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $949
2022 Nov 30 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $1649
2022 Dec 11 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $799
2022 Dec 11 17 days, round-trip Southern Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1599
2022 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $899
2022 Dec 21 14 days, round-trip Eastern Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1939
2022 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1149
2022 Dec 28 17 days, round-trip Western Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $2129
2023 Jan 04 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $1099
2023 Jan 04 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $2219
2023 Jan 14 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $1249
2023 Jan 14 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $2329
2023 Jan 25 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $1199
2023 Jan 25 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $2519
2023 Feb 04 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $1449
2023 Feb 04 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $2599
2023 Feb 15 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $1299
2023 Feb 15 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $2509
2023 Feb 25 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $1349
2023 Feb 25 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $2409
2023 Mar 08 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $1199
2023 Mar 08 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $2409
2023 Mar 18 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Fort Lauderdale $1349
2023 Mar 18 21 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $2409
2023 Mar 29 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $1199
2023 Mar 29 17 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Eastern Fort Lauderdale $1749
2023 Apr 08 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $649
2023 Apr 08 21 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam Fort Lauderdale $1749
2023 Apr 15 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam Fort Lauderdale $1099
2023 Apr 15 21 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam Fort Lauderdale $2149
2023 Apr 29 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $1249
2023 Apr 29 21 days, round-trip Norse Legends Baltic Jewels Amsterdam $3199
2023 May 06 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Amsterdam $2199
2023 May 06 21 days, round-trip Baltic Jewels Norse Legends Amsterdam $3249
2023 May 20 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $1299
2023 May 20 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $2449
2023 May 27 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $1299
2023 May 27 21 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Baltic Jewels Amsterdam $3249
2023 Jun 03 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Amsterdam $2199
2023 Jun 03 21 days, round-trip Baltic Jewels Norse Legends Amsterdam $3249
2023 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $1349
2023 Jun 17 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $2499
2023 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $1349
2023 Jun 24 21 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Voyage Of The Midnight Sun Amsterdam $3399
2023 Jul 01 21 days, round-trip Voyage Of The Midnight Sun Norse Legends Amsterdam $3399
2023 Jul 01 14 days, round-trip Voyage Of The Midnight Sun Amsterdam $2299
2023 Jul 15 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $2499
2023 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $1349
2023 Jul 22 21 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Northern Isles Amsterdam $3749
2023 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $1349
2023 Jul 29 21 days, round-trip Northern Isles Norse Legends Amsterdam $3749
2023 Jul 29 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Amsterdam $2649
2023 Aug 12 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $2499
2023 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $1349
2023 Aug 19 21 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Northern Isles Amsterdam $3749
2023 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $1349
2023 Aug 26 21 days, round-trip Northern Isles Norse Legends Amsterdam $3649
2023 Aug 26 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Amsterdam $2649
2023 Sep 09 14 days, round-trip Best Of Norway Amsterdam $2349
2023 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Amsterdam $1249
2023 Sep 16 21 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Baltic Jewels Amsterdam $3749
2023 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Amsterdam $1249
2023 Sep 23 28 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale Amsterdam $3649
2023 Sep 23 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Amsterdam $2749
2023 Oct 07 14 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale Amsterdam $1149

ms Rotterdam Review

Review of ms Rotterdam

The 2021-built MS Rotterdam cruise ship (initially named "Nieuw Ryndam") is the 11th vessel in the Holland America Line's fleet and the 3rd of the company's Pinnacle-class liners (HAL's newest and ever-largest). Its sisterships are the fleetmates Koningsdam (2016) and Nieuw Statendam (2018) and also Cunard's Queen Anne. The new Rotterdam is HAL's 17th vessel built by Fincantieri.

On July 30, 2020, HAL announced that changes the ship's name from "Ryndam" to "Rotterdam" and that the newbuild will become the fleet's flagship. This is HAL's 7th liner to bear this name (aka "Rotterdam VII"). The last Rotterdam cruise ship was sold in July 2020 to Fred Olsen and later renamed "MS Borealis".

The new Rotterdam cruise ship (IMO number 9837470) is currently Holland-flagged (MMSI 245464000) and was delivered on July 30, 2021 (initially was scheduled for May 31st).

History - construction and ownership

Holland America Line (HAL) is a Seattle-based cruise company owned by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). Between 1873-1989, HAL was a Dutch cargo and passenger shipping company operating regular Transatlantic crossings between Holland and the Americas. HAL was founded in 1873 as "Dutch-American Steamship Company" headquartered in Rotterdam Netherlands. In 1989, HAL was acquired by Carnival Corporation for around EUR 530 million. Among the company's assets are the Westmark hotel chain (Alaska-Yukon), Worldwide Shore Services (warehouses-logistics) and Half Moon Cay (Caribbean/Bahamian private island).

Holland America MS Rotterdam VII cruise ship (2021)

The 3210-passenger ship Rotterdam was initially named "Nieuw Ryndam", which was announced on April 7, 2019. The name honored the company's first Ryndam ship, part of the fleet between 1901-1929. The ocean liner was originally named Rijndam - until 1923 when it received the English "Ryndam". In 1927, Ryndam I became HAL's first ship with a world cruise, although the liner was chartered as a floating school for that voyage. The 2nd (Ryndam II) liner served between 1951-1973. The 3rd (Ryndam, built 1994) was sold to the sisterbrand P&O Australia in 2015 and is currently operated as Pacific Aria (now Aegean Goddess).

The new MS Rotterdam is named after Rotterdam City (South Holland, The Netherlands).

HAL's ever-first liner was named SS Rotterdam, which maiden voyage (Rotterdam to NYC New York) departed on October 15, 1872. On April 18, 1873, was officially founded the Holland America Line. The 1878-built "SS Rotterdam II" was purchased from British Ship Owners Co in 1886. The 1897-built "SS Rotterdam III" served HAL until 1906. "SS Rotterdam IV" (1908-1940, capacity 3139 passengers + 472 crew) operated regularly scheduled Mediterranean roundtrips from NYC New York. "SS Rotterdam V" (aka "The Grande Dame", 1959-1997) started regularly scheduled Transatlantic crossings until 1969 when was converted into cruise ship. The vessel also operated Grand World Voyages and is currently moored in Rotterdam City serving as hotel ship and museum. "MS Rotterdam VI" (1997-built) is now Fred Olsen Borealis.

Decks and Cabins

MS Rotterdam staterooms (1340 total, in 35 grades) include 164 Suites, 748 Balcony, 147 Oceanviews (including 32x Family Oceanview and 12x Studios/single cabins), 280 Inside. Most cabins as sized ~180 m2 (17 m2). Most cabin balconies are sized 50 ft2 / 5 m2. Nearly 70% of the ship's passenger accommodations have private step-out balconies. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 27. The largest accommodation is the Penthouse/Pinnacle Suite (970 ft2 / 90 m2, with terrace sized 320 ft2 / 30 m2 and fitted with an outdoor Jacuzzi).

The boat has 13 passenger decks, of which 8 are with cabins.

Four distinct color schemes identify the spa, suite, verandah, ocean-view and inside categories. Passengers enjoy the redesigned headboards with electrical and USB outlets on both sides of the bed, as well as stone tops on nightstands and decks, improved lighting and more storage.

"Club Orange" program provides exclusive amenities to Suite passengers booked in categories Neptune and Pinnacle. Bonus perks by this program include:

  • priority services (check-in, disembarkation, tendering, dining reservations)
  • 24-hour concierge service (assistance, information, reservations)
  • exclusive dining venue (serving complimentary Pinnacle Grill breakfast and Dining Room dinner, plus exclusive dishes)
  • dedicated Concierge Desk (Guest Services and Tours)
  • room service (a la carte breakfast menu with complimentary gourmet dishes - including smoked salmon, steak and eggs)
  • sparkling wine (embarkation day), Club Orange tote bag, premium bathrobes (cabin use, available for monogramming and purchasing).
  • Club Orange Restaurant is the former "Culinary Arts Center".

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The 2-level MDR/main dining room restaurant serves open-seating breakfast and lunch, as well as a blend of flexible and set-seating restaurant-style meals at dinner. Breakfast hours in the MDR vary but start as early as 7 am on port days and 8 am on sea days, wrapping up by 9:30 am. Breakfast fare includes bread, cereals, French toast, blueberry pancakes, corned beef hash, egg dishes and yogurt parfaits. Portions are on the smaller side, so better opt for a second pastry. Lunch in the MDR is typically limited to an hour per day (from noon to 1 pm on sea days; closed when the ship is in port for an entire day). If you see a line of guests waiting to be seated, do not be deterred as the line moves fast and the tables are plenty. Lunch fare includes sandwiches, soups, light salads, fish and heartier entrees.

Holland America MS Rotterdam VII cruise ship (2021)

Holland America Rotterdam offers a total of 11 dining options. The MDR is a 2-deck high restaurant featuring floor-ceiling windows, curved architectural pillars (accentuating the high ceiling), modern glass lighting, custom-made furnishings. The restaurant's centerpiece is a copper sheath surrounding the 2-story wine tower showcasing an impressive premium wine selection. On the menu are HAL's classic selections, signature dishes, regionally inspired cuisine, Culinary Council recipes from the world-renowned chefs who compose the group, including Council Chairman and Master Chef Rudi Sodamin and international chefs David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner, Jacques Torres, Jonnie Boer and Mark Best.

In addition to Dining Room Restaurant, MS Rotterdam offers fine dining in alternative restaurants, including redesigned Lido Market (with themed food stations) new French seafood brasserie Rudi's Sel de Mer, new suite-exclusive experience in Club Orange Restaurant; Canaletto (Italian), Tamarind (Asian) and Pinnacle Grill.

 

HAL is partnering with microgreen specialist Koppert Cress. The aim of the project is to grow fresh ingredients onboard the newbuilds. The Koppert Cress partnership gives guests the chance to indulge in fresh microgreens grown onboard in ship's Culinary Arts Center and enjoy a farm-to-table-style dinner menu. The ingredients are on display in a glass-enclosed growing area in the Culinary Arts Center, which also serves as a dinner venue.

The wine-blending purpose-built room BLEND by Chateau Ste. Michelle seats up to 10 guests, who can learn about, taste wine and mix up to five wines thus creating their unique wine blends.

Follows the complete list of MS Rotterdam restaurants and food bars.

  • Pinnacle Grill (reservations-only seafood/steakhouse restaurant with fine wines selection; free for passengers under 12 yo). The venue transforms into "De Librije" (US$69-89) from time to time, inspired by the land-based Dutch restaurant De Librije with two Michelin stars. A wine tasting is included with the meal (four 2 oz. pours). A wine pairing is also available for an additional US$20 per person (four 5 oz. pours).
  • Rudi's Sel De Mer is a dinner-only specialty restaurant (French seafood brasserie) also serving traditional dishes from Southeast Asia, China, Japan. In comparison to Koningsdam's original Sel De Mer (upgraded during drydock 2018), the restaurant on Statendam and Rotterdam is by design larger (54 seats) but retains the curving shape and walnut wood-made, accordion-like column structure. The back wall is decorated with porcelain plates, all of which decorated with Chef Rudi's Food Faces culinary pop art (via a partnership with Bernardaud - French porcelain masters). The food plates are arranged from classic ingredients (caviar, fruits, root vegetables, peppers, etc). In January 2018, HAL released the coffee table book "Food Faces" - available for purchase on the ship. Signature dishes in the a la carte menu include Rudi's Seafood Tower, Fruits de Mer, Broiled Lobster Tail, Whole Dover Sole Meuniere, Clams au Beurre, Duck Cassoulet, Steak Tartare, Steak Frites, Souffle au Fromage, Salt Crust Baked Branzino. Signature desserts include Rudi's Face to Face Chocolate, Rudi's Souffle, Crepes Suzette, Profiteroles with Hot Chocolate Sauce, Apple Tarte Tatin, Artisanal French Cheese Plate.
  • The Dining Room (aft Dining Room; features open seating Breakfast and Lunch, two Dinner options - 2 fixed seatings or "Any Time" dining between 5:15-9 pm)
  • Lido Market (386-seats) is a complimentary buffet-style restaurant offering self-service Breakfast (6-11 am), Lunch (11:30-2 pm), Afternoon Tea, and Dinner (5:30-8 pm).
  • Canaletto Restaurant is a Lido Restaurant annex and also doubles as an Italian restaurant (dinner-only, reservations are required).
  • Tamarind (Asian specialty restaurant; reservations-only) is also expanded (compared to Koningsdam) by adding a new al-fresco (outdoor) dining area.
  • Nami Sushi (Japanese food bar also serving popular Asian spirits)
  • Club Orange Restaurant serves exclusively HAL's Club Orange/Suite passengers (booked in categories Neptune and Pinnacle).
  • Grand Dutch Cafe is a Holland-themed venue serving traditional Dutch coffee and sweets, as well as premium European beers.
  • Dive-In is a complimentary fast-food bar / poolside bar offering gourmet burgers and fries.
  • New York Deli and Pizza is a complimentary fast-food bar offering made-to-order sandwiches and pies.
  • Gelato (ice-cream bar)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The World Stage is the ship's main show (theater) lounge, featuring 270-degree LED screens for multiple stage configurations. Lido Pool (one of the 2 swimming pools) has an outdoor movie screen, 3 whirlpools and 2 levels of cushioned lounge chairs. The central pool area (Magrodome) is on 2 levels to create glass-enclosed space. The lower level has traditional poolside elements, while the mezzanine level offers more seating, a huge LED screen for poolside movies, Deli and Pizza (complimentary fast-food bars).

Onboard entertainment is taken to a new level with the Music Walk area featuring all music genres. Lincoln Center Stage is a collaboration with "Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts" featuring classical/chamber music with a quintet combining piano and strings. Additionally, the 2-tier Queen's Lounge features musical performances including the famous B.B. King's Blues experience and fleet's biggest dance floor.

Other amenities include: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, supervised Kids Program ("Club Hal"), cruise ship weddings, Internet/WiFi access, Laundry Rooms (Laundromats). Ship's laundry rooms are not self-service (no passenger-use laundrettes). Laundry services are offered via hotel staff and at an additional charge.

 

Follows the complete list of MS Rotterdam bars, lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Atrium (3-deck midship area with open-floor design and live performances). The Atrium features a stainless-steel sculpture emulating the sense of being inside and encircled by a musical instrument. The experience changes as passengers move around and through it, with no two perspectives being the same. The atrium is capped by Skylight (glass roof) which serves as the backdrop for HD video projections or live-streaming of the night sky.
  • Stuyvesant Room (multi-purpose, used for cards playing, group meetings, presentations, Club HAL kids program)
  • World Stage (theatre/main show lounge; also serves Holland America's enrichment program (via a partnership with BBC Earth)
  • Queen's Lounge (2-tiered grand ballroom; also hosts HAL's BB King's Blues Club)
  • Digital Workshop (powered by MS Windows)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery
  • Shore Excursions Desk; 4 Meeting Rooms
  • Culinary Arts Centre (offers culinary classes and cooking shows presented in demonstration kitchens)
  • Signature Shops (boutiques for duty-free tobaccos and liquor, perfumes, watches, clothing, HAL logo merchandise, souvenirs); Marabella Luxury Shop; Dive-in (scuba and diving equipment)
  • Piano Bar; Ocean Bar (Atrium bar and lounge, with dance floor and stage for live performances)
  • Billboard Onboard (sing-along bar with live music performances)
  • Lincoln Center Stage (partnership with NYC's "Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts" dedicated to classical music)
  • BLEND (glass-enclosed winery)
  • Casino (served by Casino Bar and Sports Bar)
  • Panorama Bar
  • Explorations Cafe (specialty coffee bar and patisserie; also serves as Library and Online Centre/Internet computers room)
  • Explorer's Lounge & Bar (lounge with bar; classical concert performances)
  • Neptune Lounge (club venue for Deluxe Suite and Pinnacle guests only)
  • Fitness Center (gym with separate Aerobics Room); 5 jacuzzis
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon; Lido Pool area, served by Lido Bar and Terrace Grill; Sea View Pool area served by Sea View Bar; The Retreat (adults-only)
  • Crow's Nest (observation lounge; bar and dance floor; becomes disco at night)
  • Sport Court (basketball, volleyball, soccer); Sun Deck; Promenade Deck, Walking/Jogging Track
  • Club HAL (kids lounge, complimentary youth programming)
  • The Loft (teens club lounge area, with Video Games Arcade, computers, PlayStations; teen disco)
  • Rolling Stone Rock Room is a new venue (classic rock club via partnership with Rolling Stone Magazine) where are offered live 5-piece band performances. Rolling Stone Rock Room is part of the Music Walk area (Plaza Deck 2), also housing HAL's popular music-themed venues BB King's Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, and Lincoln Center Stage.

Itineraries

MS Rotterdam itinerary program was announced in late-July 2020. The new ship's maiden season was planned to be in Europe, with voyages in the Baltic Sea (Northern Europe) leaving roundtrip from homeport Amsterdam Holland.

The initial Maiden Voyage was scheduled for August 1, 2021. The 7-day itinerary was planned as one-way from Trieste to Civitavecchia-Rome. Between August 1 and October 10, the new ship was planned for deployment in Northern Europe visiting ports in Norway, the UK, Iceland.

However, despite the vessel's on-schedule delivery (on July 30th), in June HAL canceled all departures thru November 3 (the entire European season). The Inaugural Cruise date was rescheduled for October 20 (14-night Transatlantic repositioning from Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale).

The new Rotterdam ship's homeport in the USA is Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale Florida). The Caribbean itineraries are themed as:

  • 10-day "Southern Caribbean Seafarer" - to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk Island, Amber Cove Dominicana, Kralendijk Bonaire Island, Willemstad Curacao Island, and Oranjestad Aruba Island
  • 11-day "Southern Caribbean Wayfarer" - to Philipsburg St Maarten Island, Castries St Lucia Island, Bridgetown Barbados, Fort-de-France Martinique, Basseterre St Kitts Island, Charlotte Amalie St Thomas Island, Half Moon Cay
  • and the 21-day B2B/back-to-back itinerary "Southern Caribbean Seafarer and Wayfarer"
  • 7-day "Eastern Caribbean" - to Grand Turk, San Juan Puerto Rico, St Thomas Island, Half Moon Cay
  • 7-day "Western Caribbean" - to Half Moon Cay, Falmouth Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island, Key West Florida
  • and the 14-day B2B "Eastern and Western Caribbean"

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In late-January 2017, the shipowner Carnival Corporation announced 2 more shipbuilding orders. The new liners were ordered for the brands Princess Cruises (Royal-class / Discovery Princess) and Holland America Line (Pinnacle-class / Rotterdam VII). On January 19, 2017, Carnival signed an MoA (memorandum of agreement) with the shipbuilder Fincantieri to construct both vessels, with scheduled deliveries in 2021 (Rotterdam for HAL, at Marghera yard) and 2022 (Discovery Princess, at Monfalcone yard). By the time when both shipbuilding contracts were finalized (February 2017), Carnival had a total of 19 new ships scheduled for deliveries between 2017-2022.

In 2019, Fincantieri had a total of 96 cruise vessels (built between 1990-2019) plus another 50 units on order or under construction. HAL's other "nieuw"/new liners are Nieuw Statendam (2018 - fleet's 6th "Statendam") and Nieuw Amsterdam (2010 - fleet's 4th "Amsterdam"). The new Rotterdam is the 14th cruise vessel built by Fincantieri Marghera for Holland America.

The vessel (Fincantieri Marghera yard/hull number 6278) is powered by four MAK marine diesel engines (model 12V43C) with combined power output 50,4 MW. The propulsion system is based on two ABB Azipods (azimuth thrusters) with combined output 28 MW.

Holland America MS Rotterdam VII cruise ship (2021)

The vessel's steel-cutting ceremony (hull number 6278) was held on March 13, 2019, at Fincantieri's yard in Marghera (Venice). On October 3, 2019, at Fincantieri's Palermo Shipyard (Sicily) was launched the vessel's forward lower section. The ceremony was led by Madrina/godmother Giuseppa Catalano who released a bottle of Champagne that smashed into the hull. This hull section (aka troncone) has length 82 m (269 ft), width 35 m (115 ft) and weighs 4400 tons. Following the launch, the section was towed from Palermo and to Marghera, where the liner was actually assembled. At Fincantieri Marghera were also constructed other hull and superstructure sections.

On November 21, 2019, at Marghera Shipyard was held the vessel's keel-laying ceremony during which was placed the first hull block (14 m long, 34 m wide, weight 500 tons) part of the midship section. The ship was launched (floated out from drydock) on October 1, 2020. The ceremony was attended by Madrina/godmother Mai Elmar (Cruise Port Rotterdam's Executive Director), Cyril Tatar (Holland America Line's VP of Newbuilds) and Antonio Quintano (Fincantieri Marghera's Director).

For the new MS Rotterdam, the shipbuilder contracted De Wave Group for the ship's interior outfitting.

  • De Wave Group (Genoa-based manufacturing company) specializes in newbuild cruise ships and yachts interior outfitting. The company was formed via merger of three companies - De Wave (cabins and wet units), Precetti (catering areas) and Spencer Contract (public areas).
  • On MS Rotterdam, De Wave Group manufactured and supplied modules for the wellness complex (spa, gym, beauty salon) including Treatment Rooms (for massages/Decks 9-10), hallways (Deck 9), spiral staircase (connecting Decks 9-10), Fitness Center (gym, dressing rooms/Deck 9), Beauty and Hair Salon (Deck 9), Thermal complex (Turkish bath, sauna, swimming pool, showers).

The preliminary sea trials were conducted in April 25-27, 2021. Adriatic Sea trials were successfully completed in May 3-6, 2021, with the Navigation Bridge team led by Captain Werner Timmers and Chief Engineer Stefan Dullaert. The boat was officially delivered (at Fincantieri Marghera) in the evening of July 29, 2021. The handover ceremony was attended by Cyril Tatar (Holland America Group's VP of Newbuilds) and Giuseppe Bono (Fincantieri's CEO), as well as other shipowner and shipyard executives. Via live video link also participated Jan Swartz (Holland America Group's President) and Gus Antorcha (HAL's President).

Following the delivery, Rotterdam VII remained in non-passenger shipping status until the Transatlantic crossing (scheduled for October 20, 2021/14-night from Amsterdam to Port Everglades). The Caribbean Maiden Voyage was scheduled for November 3 (4-day roundtrip to Half Moon Cay Bahamas and Key West Florida).

Fun fact is that "Nieuw-Rotterdam" was named the capital of Suriname's Nickerie District (South America), built on Cordonspunt (Nickerie River's right bank) around 1820. After the town was sea-flooded in 1875, in 1879 on the river's left bank was built the District's current capital "Nieuw-Nickerie". Nieuw Rotterdam (formally abolished in August 1979) was populated mainly by merchants (trading with Guyana). The town was twice hit by severe storms from the Atlantic Ocean (and flooded) - in 1866 and in 1875.

Holland America Rotterdam liners (history)

The new MS Rotterdam has six same-named predecessors in Holland America Line's fleet.

  • The first Rotterdam ship (Maiden Voyage from Amsterdam to NYC on October 15, 1872) led to the company's establishment in 1873 (on April 18).
  • Rotterdam II (1878-built) was initially owned by "British Ship Owners Co" and acquired by HAL in 1886.
  • Rotterdam III (1897-built) was with HAL until 1906.
  • Rotterdam IV (1908-built) also served as a troopship (during WW1 / 1914-18) and after the war operated regular Transatlantic cruises leaving roundtrip from NYC to the Mediterranean.
  • Rotterdam V (1959-built) initially operated Transatlantic crossings with two passenger classes, but in 1969 was converted to a one-class liner. After 38 years of service, in 1997 the vessel was retired and is currently permanently docked in Rotterdam City serving as a hotel and museum.
  • Rotterdam VI (1997-built) was the first of HAL's R-Class ships. In 2020, the vessel was sold to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and is currently named Borealis.

On October 17, 2021, HAL officially announced the name of Rotterdam VII's godmother - HRH Princess Margriet Francisca of the Netherlands (1943-born, from the house of Orange-Nassau/van Lippe-Biesterfeld). Princess Margriet is the 3rd daughter of Queen Juliana Louise Emma Marie Wilhelmina (1909-2004) and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld (1911-2004) and is an aunt of Holland's current monarch Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand (1967-born, King of the Netherlands since 2013).

  • HAL's connection to The House of Orange-Nassau (Huis van Oranje-Nassau/Dutch Royal Family) started in 1929, when Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1876-1934, Prince of the Netherlands and husband of Queen Wilhelmina between 1901-34) godfathered Statendam III (1927-built passenger liner).
  • Princess Margriet named 4x HAL liners - Prinsendam I (1972), Nieuw Amsterdam III (1983), Rotterdam VI (1997), Oosterdam (2003).
  • Queen Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (1971-born/spouse of King Willem-Alexander) named 2x liners - Nieuw Amsterdam (2010), Koningsdam (2016).
  • Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard (1938-born) named Statendam IV (1957) and Queen Beatrix (reign 1980-2013) named Eurodam (2008).
  • Queen Juliana named Rotterdam V (1958).
  • Queen Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria (1880-1962) named Nieuw Amsterdam II (1937).

The boat's official christening ceremony is currently planned for May 30, 2022, to be held in Rotterdam. The event is part of the 7-day "Rotterdam Naming Celebration Cruise" (roundtrip from Amsterdam to Norway - Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Flam, Sognefjord).

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2021

The ship's Maiden Voyage (first departure) is currently scheduled for October 20, 2021 (14-night Transatlantic from Europe to Florida), and the inaugural Caribbean departure for November 3rd.

Despite the vessel's on-schedule delivery, in mid-June HAL canceled the ship's schedule August 1 thru November 3 (a total of 18 itineraries).

Next tables show the inaugural itineraries (by theme) with lowest prices in USD per person (with double occupancy).

(canceled) 7-day "Inaugural Cruise" from Trieste to Civitavecchia-Rome ($1600 pp)

Date / TimePort
01 Aug 17:00Departing from Trieste, Italy
03 Aug 08:00 - 17:00Dubrovnik, Croatia
04 Aug 08:00 - 17:00Kotor, Montenegro
05 Aug 08:00 - 17:00Kerkyra, Corfu Island, Greece
06 Aug 10:00 - 18:00Giardini-Naxos, Taormina, Sicily Italy
07 Aug 08:00 - 19:00Naples, Italy
08 Aug 07:00Arriving in Civitavecchia-Rome, Italy

(canceled) 14-day "Jewels Of The Baltic" ($2400 pp)

Date / TimePort
26 Sep 17:00Departing from Amsterdam, Holland
28 Sep 07:00 - 16:00Copenhagen, Denmark
29 Sep 07:00 - 22:00Warnemunde-Rostock, Germany
01 Oct 09:00 - 17:00Tallinn, Estonia
02 Oct 07:00 - 03 Oct 18:00St Petersburg, Russia
04 Oct 07:00 - 17:00Helsinki, Finland
05 Oct 08:00 - 18:00Stockholm, Sweden
07 Oct 07:00 - 17:00Kiel, Germany
08 Oct 08:00 - 17:00Aarhus, Denmark
10 Oct 07:00Arriving in Amsterdam

(MAIDEN VOYAGE) 14-day Transatlantic crossing from Europe to Florida-USA (Amsterdam to Fort Lauderdale) - from $1500 pp

Date / TimePort
20 Oct 17:00Departing from Amsterdam
21 Oct 08:00 - 16:00Zeebrugge-Bruges, Belgium
22 Oct 08:00 - 20:00Le Havre-Paris, France
23 Oct 08:00 - 17:00Isle of Portland, Weymouth, Dorset England
24 Oct 10:00 - 18:00Brest, France
27 Oct 08:00 - 17:00Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
03 Nov 07:00Arriving in Fort Lauderdale

(inaugural Caribbean voyage) 5-day "Private Island Bahamas Escape" ($720 pp)

Date / TimePort
05 Nov 17:00Departing from Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale Florida)
08 Nov 07:00 - 09 Nov 15:00 (overnight)Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
10 Nov 07:00Arriving in Fort Lauderdale

(B2Bs) 11-day inaugural "Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Cruise" ($1350 pp) and 10-day "Southern Caribbean Seafarer" ($1300 pp) are combinable into a 21-day B2B ($2520 pp).

Date / TimePort
10 Nov 16:00Departing from Fort Lauderdale
13 Nov 08:00 - 16:00Philipsburg, St Maarten Island
14 Nov 08:00 - 16:00Castries, St Lucia Island
15 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Bridgetown, Barbados
16 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Fort-de-France, Martinique
17 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Basseterre, St Kitts Island
18 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas Island USVI
20 Nov 08:00 - 15:00Half Moon Cay
21 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Fort Lauderdale
22 Nov 08:00 - 15:00Half Moon Cay
23 Nov 10:00 - 17:00Cockburn Town, Grand Turk Island
24 Nov 08:00 - 17:00Amber Cove, Dominicana
26 Nov 08:00 - 23:00Kralendijk, Bonaire Island, Dutch Antilles
27 Nov 08:00 - 23:00Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles
28 Nov 08:00 - 19:00Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles
01 Dec 07:00Arriving in Fort Lauderdale

(2022) 7-day "Eastern Caribbean" ($750 pp) and 7-day "Western Caribbean" ($700) are combinable into a 14-day B2B ($1380 pp).

Date / TimePort
02 Jan 16:00Departing from Fort Lauderdale
04 Jan 08:00 - 16:00Grand Turk Island
05 Jan 13:00 - 23:00San Juan, Puerto Rico
06 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Saint Thomas Island, USVI
08 Jan 08:00 - 15:00Half Moon Cay
09 Jan 07:00 - 16:00Fort Lauderdale
10 Jan 08:00 - 15:00Half Moon Cay
12 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Falmouth, Jamaica
13 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Grand Cayman Island
15 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Key West, Florida
16 Jan 07:00Arriving in Fort Lauderdale

Godspeed!

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