ms Rotterdam

ms Rotterdam Review and Specifications

Specifications of ms Rotterdam

Year built1997  /  Age : 21
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
ClassRotterdam
Building costUSD 400 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorHolland America Line
Speed25 kn / 46 kph / 29 mph
Length (LOA)237 m / 778 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage61849 gt
Passengers1404 - 1685
Crew620
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks10
Cabins702
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2015
Christened byHRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

Current itinerary of ms Rotterdam

ms Rotterdam current cruise is 21 days, round-trip Southern / Western Caribbean. The itinerary starts on 04 Nov, 2018 and ends on 25 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
04 Nov 16:00      Departing from Tampa, Florida   
05 Nov 11:00 - 18:00     Key West, Florida   
08 Nov 10:00 - 23:00     San Juan, Puerto Rico   
09 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI   
10 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     St Johns, Antigua   
11 Nov 08:00 - 16:00     Castries, St Lucia Island   
13 Nov 08:00 - 23:00     Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles   
14 Nov 07:00 - 16:00     Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles   
16 Nov 08:00 - 15:00     George Town, Grand Cayman Island   
18 Nov 07:00 - 16:00     Tampa, Florida   
19 Nov 11:00 - 18:00     Key West, Florida   
21 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Roatan Island, Mahogany Bay-Coxen Hole, Honduras   
22 Nov 07:00 - 17:00     Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala   
23 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Costa Maya, Mexico   
25 Nov 07:00      Arriving in Tampa, Florida   

Review of ms Rotterdam

Launched in 1997, ms Rotterdam is the 1st Rotterdam (R-class) ship of Holland America, together with sister ship ms Amsterdam, and also ms Zaandam and ms Volendam.

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 company's assets are the Westmark hotel chain (Alaska-Yukon), Worldwide Shore Services (warehouses-logistics) and Half Moon Cay (Caribbean private island).

Holland America MS Rotterdam cruise ship

The 61,849-ton, 1,320-passenger cruise ship ms Rotterdam debuted in 1997 as the 6th in the line of Holland America flagships and it shows. The first Rotterdam set voyage in 1872, beginning a Holland America tradition and reputation that continued through the new Rotterdam, one of the most beloved vessels. Like her 5 classic ancestors, Rotterdam is more of a throwback to earlier cruise vessels compared to most mega ships being built after 1995. However, with a maximum cruising speed of twenty-five knots and all of the stylish features expected of a relatively large vessel, the Rotterdam cruise ship successfully straddles the fine line among classic and modern. Size-wise, Rotterdam is solidly in the middle of the Holland America fleet, smaller than the line's Vista and Signature classes and carrying 700 passengers fewer than Eurodam, which is the largest in the lineup. Even on a full voyage, the cruise liner rarely feels crowded, except for the lunch rush at the casual Lido Restaurant on sea days and the irregular, fast-moving line in the La Fontaine basic dining room. Highlights of the Rotterdam cruise ship experience include some of the widest "standard" rooms afloat; a high percentage of outside cabins that feature balconies; upscale alternative dining venues in the Pinnacle Grill; and the Explorations Cafe - a library, Internet cafe and coffee bar wrapped into one popular hangout.

old MS Rotterdam cruise liner

Cruise itinerary program

MS Rotterdam itinerary program is based on European (Mediterranean and Baltic) and Asian cruises.

Cabins

MS Rotterdam has a total of 742 cabins (of which 232 Suites, 39 Balcony, 125 Inside rooms) in 40 grades (including "Lanai"). Most ms Rotterdam staterooms are 140-320-sq.foot oceanview rooms (346). 28% of ship's accommodations have private balcony views. 26 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard ms Rotterdam are the Pinnacle Suites (1130 ft2). There are also Lanai staterooms (with sliding glass doors to the Promenade deck), Spa cabins (3, CQ oceanview), Spa suites (20, BQ).

Implemented fleetwide in 2019, "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 part of the Main Dining Room (designed as separate VIP dining section).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

La Fontaine is ship's 2-level main restaurant venue, which 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 7:00 a.m. on port days and 8:00 a.m. on sea days, wrapping up by 9:30 a.m. Breakfast fare includes breads, 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 1:00 p.m. 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.

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

  • Pinnacle Grill (88-seat reservations-only seafood/steakhouse restaurant with fine wines selection; free for passengers under 12 yo). The venue transforms into “An Evening at le Cirque” once per cruise via partnership with NYC “Le Cirque” French restaurant.
  • La Fontaine Restaurant (684-seat, aft Dining Room; features open seating Breakfast and Lunch, two Dinner options – 2 fixed seatings or “Any Time” dining between 5:15 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
  • King’s / Queen’s Room (La Fontaine restaurant annex, reservations-only; for private dining)
  • Terrace Grill (fast food pool bar; complimentary)
  • Lido Restaurant (418-seat complimentary buffet restaurant; offers self-service Breakfast 6:00 a.m. -11 a.m., Lunch 11:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Afternoon Tea, and Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Canaletto Restaurant (Lido Restaurant annex; operates as Italian restaurant for Dinner, reservations required)
  • Slice (Italian Pizzeria, poolside).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

On most nights, ms Rotterdam has two Las Vegas-style shows in Queen's Lounge, which features a main floor on Deck 4 and a balcony on Deck 5. Queen's Lounge is also used for events like the Crew Show at the end of each cruise, where the dining-room stewards, housekeeping staff and other crew members entertain the passengers. The Wajang Theatre offers feature films with cookies, cappuccino and popcorn. It's also used for lectures and culinary demonstrations. Rotterdam boasts a piano bar, a band or a DJ at night in Crow's Nest, other live performances in various locations, and sports on TV in Mix Spirits & Ales sports bar. Cabin entertainment consists of flat-screen TV with DVD player. MS Rotterdam also has a casino and activities such as art auctions, bingo and games (including shuffleboard, bridge, hockey-slapshot competitions). Other amenities include: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("Club Hal"), cruise ship weddings, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry/Self-Serve Laundromats.

Holland America MS Rotterdam cruise ship

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

  • Atrium (3-deck high midship open-floor area with live performances)
  • Promenade Deck, Walking Track (jogging is not permitted)
  • The Showroom at Sea (557-seat theater/main show lounge; also serves Holland America’s enrichment program (via partnership with BBC Earth)
  • Queen’s Room (La Fontaine annex used as a meeting room; hosts digital workshops via Microsoft partnership, computer classes, social networks, blogging, photo editing)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery
  • Wine Tasting Bar, Gourmet Shops (bottles available for purchasing, wine sampling)
  • Wajang Theatre & Culinary Arts Centre (124-seat cinema; offers culinary classes and cooking shows presented in demonstration kitchens)
  • Atrium Terrace with boutiques; Atrium Shops (boutiques for duty-free tobaccos and liquor, perfumes, watches, clothing, HAL logo merchandise, souvenirs); Marabella Luxury Shop
  • Ocean Bar (110-seat Atrium bar and lounge, with dance floor and stage for live performances)
  • MIX Lounge (sectioned into three parts - Mix Champagne wine bar, Mix Martini cocktail bar and Mix Spirits & Ales sports bar)
  • Casino (served by the Mix Lounge's sports bar)
  • Hudson Room (75-seat meeting room; used as Cards Room)
  • Explorations Cafe (65-seat specialty coffee bar and patisserie; also serves as ship’s Library and Online Centre/Internet computers room)
  • Explorer’s Lounge & Bar (95-seat lounge with bar; classical concert performances)
  • Neptune Lounge (17-seat 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; The Retreat Pool area
  • Crow’s Nest (250-seat observation lounge; bar and dance floor; becomes disco at night)
  • Tennis Court; Basketball Court; Shuffleboard
  • Club HAL (kids lounge, complimentary youth programming)
  • The Loft (teens club lounge area, with Video Games Arcade, computers, PlayStations; teen disco)
  • The Oasis (40-seat teen-only outdoor area).

ms Rotterdam wiki

  • Holland America Rotterdam cruise ship (named after the city of Rotterdam, Holland) is the line's 1st R-class vessel. Her sisters in the HAL cruise fleet are AmsterdamVolendamZaandam.
  • The ship's Maiden Voyage was on November 11, 1997, godmother - Janet Lanterman. "ms Rotterdam VI" is the 6th HAL cruise ship with this name. Around US$2 million is the worth of the onboard fine art-antiques collection.
  • (Oct 29, 2004 accident, Hurricane Karl) On its Transatlantic cruise (en-route to NYC from Europe), the cruise ship lost power for ~3 hours. Many of the guests suffered serious injuries (broken bones, bruises, contusions). All lower portholes of the vessel were completely underwater. The ship was diverted to Halifax NS (Canada) for medical assistance.

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ms Rotterdam Itineraries

The below listed ms Rotterdam cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Holland America fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Oct 28 21 days, round-trip Western / Southern Caribbean Tampa
2018 Nov 04 21 days, round-trip Southern / Western Caribbean Tampa
2018 Nov 04 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Tampa
2018 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$549
2018 Nov 25 21 days, round-trip Western / Southern Caribbean Tampa$1029
2018 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$399
2018 Dec 02 21 days, round-trip Southern / Western Caribbean Tampa$1029
2018 Dec 02 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Tampa$679
2018 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$399
2018 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Holiday Tampa$779
2018 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Holiday Tampa$759
2019 Jan 06 21 days, round-trip Western / Southern Caribbean Tampa$1379
2019 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$549
2019 Jan 13 21 days, round-trip Southern / Western Caribbean Tampa$1389
2019 Jan 13 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Tampa$899
2019 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$919
2019 Feb 03 21 days, round-trip Western / Southern Caribbean Tampa$2689
2019 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$869
2019 Feb 10 21 days, round-trip Southern / Western Caribbean Tampa$2749
2019 Feb 10 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Tampa$1959
2019 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$939
2019 Mar 03 21 days, round-trip Western / Southern Caribbean Tampa$2529
2019 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$869
2019 Mar 10 21 days, round-trip Southern / Western Caribbean Tampa$2549
2019 Mar 10 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Tampa$1789
2019 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$889
2019 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$839
2019 Apr 07 22 days, one-way from Tampa to Rotterdam Tampa$2599
2019 Apr 07 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Tampa$869
2019 Apr 14 27 days, one-way from Tampa to Rotterdam Tampa$3599
2019 Apr 14 15 days, one-way from Tampa to Rotterdam Tampa$1699
2019 Apr 29 19 days, round-trip Baltic Jewels & Norse Legends Rotterdam$3639
2019 Apr 29 12 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam$2149
2019 May 11 14 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Viking Sagas Rotterdam$2649
2019 May 11 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam$1449
2019 May 18 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam$1299
2019 May 25 14 days, round-trip North Cape Rotterdam
2019 Jun 08 23 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Amsterdam Rotterdam$4399
2019 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam$1099
2019 Jun 15 30 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Amsterdam Rotterdam$5949
2019 Jun 15 16 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Amsterdam Rotterdam$3199
2019 Jul 01 34 days, round-trip Baltic, Spitsbergen & Icelandic Fjords Explorer Amsterdam$6899
2019 Jul 01 14 days, round-trip Baltic Explorer Amsterdam$2799
2019 Jul 15 34 days, round-trip Spitsbergen, Fjords & Scottish Highlands Explorer Amsterdam$7099
2019 Jul 15 20 days, round-trip Spitsbergen & Icelandic Fjords Explorer Amsterdam$4549
2019 Aug 04 34 days, round-trip Scottish Highlands, Fjords & Greenland Explorer Amsterdam$6799
2019 Aug 04 14 days, round-trip Scottish Highlands Explorer Amsterdam$2999
2019 Aug 18 34 days, round-trip Icelandic Fjords, Greenland & Baltic Explorer Amsterdam$6649
2019 Aug 18 20 days, round-trip Icelandic Fjords & Greenland Explorer Amsterdam$4249
2019 Sep 07 28 days, round-trip Baltic, British & Irish Explorer Amsterdam$5449
2019 Sep 07 14 days, round-trip Baltic Explorer Amsterdam$2799
2019 Sep 21 28 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia Amsterdam$5049
2019 Sep 21 14 days, round-trip British & Irish Explorer Amsterdam$2699
2019 Oct 05 28 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia Amsterdam$5449
2019 Oct 05 14 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia Amsterdam$2399
2019 Oct 19 32 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia$4749
2019 Oct 19 14 days, round-trip Holy Land & Ancient Kingdoms Explorer Civitavecchia$3099
2019 Nov 02 18 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia$2149
2019 Nov 20 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale$2349
2019 Dec 06 15 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego$1999
2019 Dec 21 17 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale$3349
2020 Jan 07 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego$2649
2020 Jan 23 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale$2649
2020 Feb 08 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego$2649
2020 Feb 24 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale$2649
2020 Mar 11 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego$2549
2020 Mar 27 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Rotterdam Fort Lauderdale$1399
2020 Apr 22 24 days, round-trip Majestic Fjords & Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam$3399
2020 Apr 22 10 days, round-trip Majestic Fjords Rotterdam$1599
2020 May 02 21 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic & Norse Legends Rotterdam$2849
2020 May 02 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam$1999
2020 May 16 14 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Viking Sagas Rotterdam$1999
2020 May 16 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam$999
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam$1099
2020 Jun 13 14 days, round-trip Viking Sagas & Norse Legends Rotterdam$2099
2020 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam$1099
2020 Jun 20 21 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Northern Isles Rotterdam$3599
2020 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam$1099
2020 Jun 27 21 days, round-trip Northern Isles & Norse Legends Rotterdam$3699
2020 Jun 27 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Rotterdam$2699
2020 Jul 11 14 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Viking Sagas Rotterdam$2299
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam$1199
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam$1199
2020 Aug 08 14 days, round-trip Viking Sagas & Norse Legends Rotterdam$2299
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam$1199
2020 Aug 15 21 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Northern Isles Rotterdam$3699
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam$1199
2020 Aug 22 28 days, round-trip Iceland, Irish & Scottish Adventure Rotterdam$5149
2020 Aug 22 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Rotterdam$2699
2020 Sep 05 28 days, round-trip Irish, Scottish & Baltic Jewels Rotterdam$4849
2020 Sep 05 14 days, round-trip Irish & Scottish Adventure Rotterdam$2699
2020 Sep 19 27 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Barcelona Rotterdam$4349
2020 Sep 19 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam$2399
2020 Oct 03 29 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Fort Lauderdale Rotterdam$3399
2020 Oct 03 13 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Barcelona Rotterdam$2199
2020 Oct 17 15 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Barcelona$1399