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ms Rotterdam

ms Rotterdam Review and Specifications

Specifications of ms Rotterdam

Year built1997  /  Age : 22
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
Sister-shipsMS Amsterdam (identical), MS Zaandam, MS Volendam
Christened byHRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

Current itinerary / position of ms Rotterdam

ms Rotterdam current cruise is 15 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale. Prices start from USD 799 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 06 Dec, 2019 and ends on 21 Dec, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
06 Dec 17:00    Departing from San Diego, California hotels
09 Dec 07:00 - 16:00    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Riviera
11 Dec 08:00 - 14:00    Huatulco, Mexico Riviera
12 Dec 09:00 - 19:00    Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
13 Dec 08:00 - 15:00    Corinto, Nicaragua
14 Dec 08:00 - 18:00    Puntarenas, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
16 Dec    Panama Canal
18 Dec 08:00 - 23:00    Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles
21 Dec 07:00    Arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida hotels

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 the 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 bread, cereals, French toast, blueberry pancakes, corned beef hash, egg dishes and yoghurt 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 a 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 annexe, 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 annexe; operates as an 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 a 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 theatre/main show lounge; also serves Holland America’s enrichment program (via a partnership with BBC Earth)
  • Queen’s Room (La Fontaine annexe 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 speciality 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).

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Rotterdam (named after Rotterdam Holland) is Holland America's 1st R-class liner, with sisterships AmsterdamVolendamZaandam. Ship's Inaugural Cruise/Maiden Voyage was on November 11, 1997. Ship's Godmother was HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands. "MS Rotterdam VI" is HAL's 6th liner with this name. Around USD 2 million is the worth of the onboard fine art-antiques collection.

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
2019 Nov 20 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale
2019 Dec 06 15 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $799
2019 Dec 21 17 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale $1549
2020 Jan 07 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $999
2020 Jan 23 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale $999
2020 Feb 08 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $1199
2020 Feb 24 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale $1099
2020 Mar 11 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $1149
2020 Mar 27 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $899
2020 Apr 06 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Rotterdam Fort Lauderdale $1499
2020 Apr 06 26 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Rotterdam Fort Lauderdale $2799
2020 Apr 22 10 days, round-trip Majestic Fjords Rotterdam $1449
2020 Apr 22 24 days, round-trip Majestic Fjords & Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam $3629
2020 May 02 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam $2299
2020 May 16 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam $1299
2020 May 16 14 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Viking Sagas Rotterdam $2239
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam $949
2020 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam $1049
2020 Jun 13 14 days, round-trip Viking Sagas & Norse Legends Rotterdam $1999
2020 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam $1049
2020 Jun 20 21 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Northern Isles Rotterdam $3619
2020 Jun 27 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Rotterdam $2699
2020 Jun 27 21 days, round-trip Northern Isles & Norse Legends Rotterdam $3719
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam $1149
2020 Jul 11 14 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Viking Sagas Rotterdam $2189
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam $1149
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam $1049
2020 Aug 08 14 days, round-trip Viking Sagas & Norse Legends Rotterdam $1999
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam $1049
2020 Aug 15 21 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Northern Isles Rotterdam $3529
2020 Aug 22 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Rotterdam $2599
2020 Aug 22 28 days, round-trip Iceland, Irish & Scottish Adventure Rotterdam $5339
2020 Sep 05 14 days, round-trip Irish & Scottish Adventure Rotterdam $2999
2020 Sep 05 28 days, round-trip Irish, Scottish & Baltic Jewels Rotterdam $5149
2020 Sep 19 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam $2499
2020 Sep 19 28 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Barcelona Rotterdam $4579
2020 Oct 03 14 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Barcelona Rotterdam $2399
2020 Oct 03 29 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Fort Lauderdale Rotterdam $3739
2020 Oct 17 15 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Barcelona $1699
2020 Nov 08 15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale $1699
2020 Nov 23 15 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $1699
2020 Dec 20 15 days, round-trip Tropical & Southern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $2099
2020 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Tropical Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $1099
2020 Dec 27 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $1099
2021 Jan 04 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale $2199
2021 Jan 20 32 days, round-trip Incan Empires San Diego $3299
2021 Jan 20 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Callao San Diego $1849
2021 Feb 05 16 days, one-way from Callao to San Diego Callao $1849
2021 Feb 21 32 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas San Diego $4799
2021 Mar 25 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $2099
2021 Jul 26 17 days, round-trip Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Boston $2699
2021 Aug 12 17 days, round-trip Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Boston $2699
2021 Aug 29 17 days, round-trip Greenland, Newfoundland & New England Discovery Boston $2699
2021 Sep 15 10 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1599
2021 Sep 25 10 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1599
2021 Oct 05 10 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1699
2021 Oct 15 14 days, one-way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale Montreal $1599

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