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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 28 days, round-trip Baltic, British & Irish Explorer. The itinerary starts on 07 Sep, 2019 and ends on 05 Oct, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
07 Sep 17:00    Departing from Amsterdam, Holland hotels
09 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Aarhus, Denmark
10 Sep 06:00 - 22:00    Warnemunde-Rostock, Germany
12 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Tallinn, Estonia
13 Sep 07:00 - 14 Sep 18:00    Saint Petersburg, Russia
15 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Helsinki, Finland
17 Sep 16:00 - 18 Sep 17:00    Copenhagen, Denmark
19 Sep 10:00 - 18:00    Oslo, Norway
21 Sep 07:00 - 17:00    Amsterdam, Holland
23 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Plymouth, England
24 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Ilfracombe, England
25 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Fishguard, Wales
26 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
27 Sep 08:00 - 18:00    Liverpool, England
28 Sep 08:00 - 23:00    Belfast, Northern Ireland
29 Sep 11:00 - 30 Sep 23:00    Dublin, Ireland
02 Oct 06:00 - 18:00    Isle of Portland, Dorset, England
03 Oct 08:00 - 16:00    Guernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
04 Oct 07:00 - 18:00    Dover, England
05 Oct 07:00    Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland 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).

ms Rotterdam wiki

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.

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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
2019 Aug 04 34 days, round-trip Scottish Highlands, Fjords & Greenland Explorer Amsterdam
2019 Aug 18 34 days, round-trip Icelandic Fjords, Greenland & Baltic Explorer Amsterdam
2019 Sep 07 14 days, round-trip Baltic Explorer Amsterdam
2019 Sep 07 28 days, round-trip Baltic, British & Irish Explorer Amsterdam
2019 Sep 21 14 days, round-trip British & Irish Explorer Amsterdam $1349
2019 Sep 21 28 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia Amsterdam $3029
2019 Oct 05 14 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia Amsterdam $1187
2019 Oct 05 28 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia Amsterdam $2998
2019 Oct 19 14 days, round-trip Holy Land & Ancient Kingdoms Explorer Civitavecchia $1998
2019 Oct 19 32 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia $3149
2019 Nov 02 18 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale Civitavecchia $1286
2020 Apr 06 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Rotterdam Fort Lauderdale $1349
2020 Apr 22 10 days, round-trip Majestic Fjords Rotterdam $1849
2020 Apr 22 24 days, round-trip Majestic Fjords & Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam $3699
2020 May 02 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam $2249
2020 May 02 21 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic & Norse Legends Rotterdam $3099
2020 May 16 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam $1149
2020 May 16 14 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Viking Sagas Rotterdam $2249
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam $1249
2020 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam $1249
2020 Jun 13 14 days, round-trip Viking Sagas & Norse Legends Rotterdam $2349
2020 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam $1249
2020 Jun 20 21 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Northern Isles Rotterdam $3849
2020 Jun 27 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Rotterdam $2949
2020 Jun 27 21 days, round-trip Northern Isles & Norse Legends Rotterdam $3949
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam $1349
2020 Jul 11 14 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Viking Sagas Rotterdam $2549
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam $1349
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Viking Sagas Rotterdam $1349
2020 Aug 08 14 days, round-trip Viking Sagas & Norse Legends Rotterdam $2549
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Norse Legends Rotterdam $1349
2020 Aug 15 21 days, round-trip Norse Legends & Northern Isles Rotterdam $3949
2020 Aug 22 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Rotterdam $2949
2020 Aug 22 28 days, round-trip Iceland, Irish & Scottish Adventure Rotterdam $5399
2020 Sep 05 14 days, round-trip Irish & Scottish Adventure Rotterdam $2949
2020 Sep 05 28 days, round-trip Irish, Scottish & Baltic Jewels Rotterdam $5099
2020 Sep 19 14 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Rotterdam $2649
2020 Sep 19 28 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Barcelona Rotterdam $4649
2020 Oct 03 14 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Barcelona Rotterdam $2449
2020 Oct 03 29 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Fort Lauderdale Rotterdam $3499
2020 Oct 17 15 days, one-way from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Barcelona $1649
2020 Nov 01 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale $2049
2020 Nov 17 32 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas San Diego $4749
2020 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Tropical Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $1249
2020 Dec 20 15 days, round-trip Tropical & Southern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $2349
2020 Dec 27 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $1249
2021 Jan 04 16 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego Fort Lauderdale $2449
2021 Jan 20 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Callao San Diego $1899
2021 Jan 20 32 days, round-trip Incan Empires San Diego $3399
2021 Feb 05 16 days, one-way from Callao to San Diego Callao $1899
2021 Feb 21 32 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas San Diego $4949
2021 Mar 25 16 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $2349

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