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Holland America Line: Rotterdam

Rotterdam Review

Named for the Dutch city and the standard bearer of the Holland America Line fleet, Rotterdam was launched in 1997 and received the line’s latest Signature of Excellence enhancements in December 2009. Onboard, the art collection includes exact replicas of the huge

clay army discovered buried in Xian, China, as well as a collection of clocks and timepieces, contemporary art by recognized artists, and antiques that represent Holland America Line’s seafaring heritage.

The most traditional ships in the fleet, the interiors of sister ships Amsterdam and Rotterdam display abundant wood appointments in the public areas on promenade and lower promenade decks and priceless works of art throughout.

The Ocean Bar, Explorer's Lounge, Wajang Theater, and Crow's Nest are familiar lounges to longtime Holland American passengers. Newer additions include the spa's thermal suite, a culinary-arts demonstration center in the theater, Explorations Café, and expansive areas for children and teens. Multimillion-dollar collections of art and artifacts are showcased throughout both vessels. In addition to works commissioned specifically for each ship, Holland America Line celebrates its heritage by featuring antiques and artworks that reflect the theme of worldwide Dutch seafaring history.

Holland America Line has enjoyed a distinguished record of traditional cruises, world exploration, and transatlantic crossings since 1873—all facets of its history that are reflected in the fleet's multimillion-dollar shipboard art and antiques collections. Even the ships' names follow a pattern set long ago: all end in the suffix dam and are either derived from the names of various dams that cross Holland's rivers, important Dutch landmarks, or points of the compass. The names are even recycled when vessels are retired, and some are in their fifth and sixth generation of use.

Noted for focusing on passenger comfort, Holland America Line cruises are classic in design and style, and with an infusion of younger adults and families on board, they remain refined without being stuffy or stodgy. Following a basic design theme, returning passengers feel as at home on the newest Holland America vessels as they do on older ones.

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What You Should Know


  • Rotterdamhas the Retreat, a resort-style pool on the aft Lido deck
  • As the line’s flagships,RotterdamandAmsterdamhave the fleet’s most elegant interior decor
  • Realistic landscapes with surreal touches accent walls inAmsterdam’s Pinnacle Grill


  • One-way window glass in outside cabins on lower promenade deck does not offer occupants complete privacy
  • There is little shipboard nightlife more than an hour after dinner
  • Despite excellent facilities designed for kids and teens, family cabins are limited
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 600
  • Entered Service 1997
  • Gross Tons 61,859/62,735
  • Length 780 feet
  • Number of Cabins 702
  • Passenger Capacity 1,404
  • Width 106 feet

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