MS Rotterdam

MS Rotterdam is the lead cruise ship of the Rotterdam class (R class) in the Holland America Line. Built in Italy in 1997, she is the sixth Holland America vessel to bear the name. She is named for SS Rotterdam of 1959, and also named after the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. MS Rotterdam and her sister ship MS Amsterdam are loosely based on the original ship. Amsterdam and Rotterdam were co-flagships of Holland America Line (HAL).

Rotterdam in Warnemünde, 2018
Name: Rotterdam
Owner: Holland America Tours[1]
Operator: Holland America Line
Port of registry: Rotterdam,  Netherlands
Builder: Fincantieri, in Trieste, Italy
Yard number: 5980
Launched: 21 December 1996
Completed: 1997
Maiden voyage: 11 November 1997
In service: 11 November 1997
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Rotterdam class (R class) cruise ship
Tonnage: 61,849 GT
Length: 780 ft (238 m)
Beam: 105.8 ft (32 m)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Capacity: 1,404 passengers
Crew: 600
Notes: [2]

Rotterdam carries an art collection onboard worth over US$2 million[3] and features fine art and antiques.

Areas of operation

During the summer of 2011, Rotterdam conducted Holland America Line's first standalone transatlantic crossing since 1971, making a single trip both eastbound and westbound.[4] In the Fall of 2014, Rotterdam sailed around South Africa for 88 days. From November 12 to December 20, 2014, the last segment of the cruise went from Cape Town, South Africa to Southampton, England.[5]

Rotterdam sails around Europe during the summer and South America in the winter. Commencing in 2012, she was based year-round in Rotterdam. [6]

Incidents and accidents

In October 2004, the vessel lost power during Hurricane Karl while doing a transatlantic crossing. Many passengers suffered injuries during this period, the most severe being a broken femur. [7]


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  2. "MS Rotterdam". Holland America Line. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  3. "MS Rotterdam". World Wide Vacations. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  4. Sloan, Gene (18 November 2010). "After three decades, Holland America returns to classic trans-Atlantic crossings". USA Today. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  5. Rotterdam (2015-01-14). "West Africa on the Rotterdam Nov. 12 to Dec. 20 - Holland America Review by willrey". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  6. Sloan, Gene (18 May 2011). "Holland America to base Rotterdam year-round in Europe". USA Today. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  7. MS Rotterdam in hurricane
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