Launched: 1997 Passengers: 1,316
Registry: Netherlands Tonnage: 59,855
Crew: 600 Decks: 9


Holland America Line's "Flagship of Excellence," the Rotterdam made her grand entrance into the cruising world in 1997. The Rotterdam reflects a graceful combination of classic and state-of-the-art features. She exhibits woods and deep, vibrant colors for a traditional ship feel, while breaking new ground with unique elements, such as a Concierge Deck for suite guests and a children's play lounge. A $2 million collection of art and artifacts is showcased throughout the ship, and the Rotterdam offers an entire deck of suites with verandahs. In addition to four penthouse suites, the ship has 36 full verandah suites.

As the sixth ship to bear the name, the flagship ms Rotterdam is the standard-bearer for our Atlantic fleet of five-star cruise ships. The first Rotterdam set sail in 1872, beginning a Holland America tradition and reputation that continued through the Rotterdam V, one of the most beloved ships of all time. In the grand tradition of the Rotterdam ships, fascinating Holland America memorabilia can be found throughout the ship, such as specially commissioned works of art ranging from oil paintings, to sculptures, to textile designs and much more. The ms Rotterdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in Spring 2005.

The ms Rotterdam ensures you the ultimate onboard experience with her graceful combination of classic cruise ship features and state-of-the-art amenities. Fine woods, exquisite art and antiques, larger staterooms, and a world-class spa and fitness center are only a few of the features that will make the memories of your Holland America cruise vacation unforgettable.

Recommended For

Those who enjoy cruise traditions and want a quality experience in a refined environment but like the facilities and range of choices available on new super liners. Small ship devotees open to trying a large ship. Former budget cruisers ready to move up to higher quality.


Once you're aboard Holland America's Rotterdam, you're required to unwind and set your inner child free. During your ultimate cruising experience you'll have the opportunity to wander around the decks and submerge yourself in whichever activity your heart desires. Feel free to let your hair down and kick your shoes off and absorb the serene atmosphere.

* Card Room
* Tennis Courts
* Library
* Health Spa
* Beauty salon/barber shop
* Duty Free Shops
* Swimming pools


If you're looking for the ideal cruise that offers the priceless dining experience, the Rotterdam would be the perfect vessel to choose. Our World-Renown chefs aim to please the pickiest taste buds and the largest appetites with ease. You'll have the opportunity of savoring the most delectable cuisines and pastries on the open seas.

* La Fontaine and Upper La Fontaine Dining Room
* Odyssey Restaurant Crow's Nest
* Lido Restaurant


Close your eyes and open your mind to all of the thrill seeking entertainment alternative that you'll have the opportunity to venture. No matter how you plan on spending your night, the Rotterdam remains well equip to accommodate each and every one of your desires. If you're looking for the relaxed scenery of a lounge, you'll find plenty. If you're in the mood for the mingling bar atmosphere, you'll feel completely comfortable in our bars.

* Queens Lounge
* 249-seat Wajang Theater
* Half Moon and Hudson Room seating a total of 150
* Ocean Bar
* Tropical Bar
* Ambassadors Bar
* Explorers Lounge
* Crow's Nest, a combined observation lounge and nightclub on Sports Deck overlooking the bow
* Casino


Holland America Lines charges a daily hotel service charge directly to the on-board account. This amount is $11 per passenger. Additionally, a 15% gratuity is added to all bar purchases. Note: Gratuity Policies are subject to change. Updated June 21, 2010


Holland America emphasizes that passengers dress for comfort during the day onboard as well as on shore at the ports of call. Evening wear includes both formal and “smart casual” categories. Slacks and collared shirts for men set a good example of that qualifies at ‘smart casual” while this category includes casual dresses, slacks and informal variations of evening wear for women. Note: Dress Codes are subject to change. Updated June 21, 2010

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