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Ship Visit to Rotterdam
Holland America Line
Dover- 31st May 2011

Report by Ian Boyle
Photos ©2011 Ray George & Ian Boyle



ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle - ROTTERDAM at Dover



   

2011 Visit Reports
Revisited ships in 2011 will not be shown unless significantly revised since previous visit

Crystal Serenity

Rotterdam

Saga Ruby

 
ROTTERDAM - Deck Plans: ©2011 HAL
ROTTERDAM - Deck Plans
 Online 2011 Deck Plans


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM at Dover
Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Sky Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Sports Deck seen from Sky Deck with SAGA RUBY at Cruise Terminal 1 - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle

ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Crow's Nest Bar - Sports Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Funnels seen from the Sports Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Builders' Plate - Sports Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - Lido Deck - main pool
Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - Lido Restaurant
Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Lido Deck - retreat bar aft
Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - Pinnacle Grill
Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - Explorer's Lounge
Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - Explorations
Upper Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - Atrium
Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - La Fontaine Dining Room
Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - at Dover
Photo: ©2011 Ray George



The Rotterdam is the sixth ship of this name in the Holland America Line (HAL) fleet and was their largest ever vessel when delivered in 1997. She was built at the Marghera, Venice yard of Fincantieri in Italy (yard no.5980) as a larger and faster version of the Statendam class vessels and specifically as a replacement for the much-loved 1959 Rotterdam (5) (which reopened as a hotel in Rotterdam in 2010). The Rotterdam (6) is the flagship of the fleet, although eclipsed in size by subsequent Vista Class deliveries. She is 78ft long, 62,000grt and carries 1404 passengers. She has a cruising speed of 25knots designed to ensure she maintains schedules on the many long distance voyages she makes. From 2012 she is due to be based at her name city of Rotterdam all year round.

Holland America Line has been steadily upgrading all their ships in their Signature of Excellence programme. The public rooms have been given a brighter feel and she is an attractive ship with interesting bars and restaurants. Only the Crow's Nest bar was a disappointment to the extent that I wondered if it had yet to be upgraded.

We were provided with detailed maps and allowed to explore the ship at our leisure. In my opinion, for those with any previous experience of travelling on a cruise ship this is by far the best way for a company to arrange a ship visit. We do not need a PR rep. to explain in great detail the purpose of a gym, restaurant, bar, etc. Full marks to HAL for allowing this freedom.

After plenty of time to visit the whole ship, we met at the restaurant for lunch. My choices were really quite disappointing, although previous HAL experiences have been much better.

Thanks, as always, to Peter Godliman for arranging this visit.

I started at the top of the ship and worked down, the images reflect this. We were unable to visit cabins since the ship was not on a turnaround.



ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Sports Deck seen from Sky Deck - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Crow's Nest Bar - Sports Deck - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Crow's Nest Bar - Sports Deck - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM - Sports Deck - Photo: ©2011 Ian Boyle


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - The Gym - Lido Deck - Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - Lido Pool - Lido Deck - Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - Lido Pool - Lido Deck - Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - The Retreat - Lido Deck - Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - The Retreat - Lido Deck - Photo: ©2011 Ray George


ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - Promenade Deck
Photo: ©2011 Ray George



ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©2011 Ray George
ROTTERDAM - at Dover, showing the recently added balcony cabins
Photo: ©2011 Ray George



ROTTERDAM - Photo: ©1998 Ian Boyle
ROTTERDAM at Helsinki in 1998 - Photo: ©1998 Ian Boyle
Compare the more elegant stern with the 2011 image at the top of the page





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