ms Rotterdam is the standard-bearer for our Atlantic fleet of five-star cruise ships. Bestowed with an extra measure of comfort, space and grandeur, 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, a 24/7 Internet Center and a world-class spa and fitness center are only a few of the features that set ms Rotterdam apart.
7-day Norse Legends
Holland America Line
Departing Date: June 29, 2013
Departing From: Rotterdam, The Netherlands Check In Starts At 0100
||Ports of Call: Rotterdam, The Netherlands Check In Starts At 0100 | Bergen, Norway | Alesund, Norway | Skjolden, Norway | Eidfjord, Norway | Rotterdam, The Netherlands|
|Sat Jun 29, 2013||Rotterdam, The Netherlands Check In Starts At 0100||--||4:00 pm|
|Sun Jun 30, 2013||At Sea||--||--|
|Mon Jul 1, 2013||Bergen, Norway||8:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Tue Jul 2, 2013||Alesund, Norway||7:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Wed Jul 3, 2013||Skjolden, Norway||8:00 am||5:00 pm|
|Thu Jul 4, 2013||Scenic Cruising Hardangerfjord Cruising Only||--||--|
|Thu Jul 4, 2013||Eidfjord, Norway||10:00 am||6:00 pm|
|Fri Jul 5, 2013||At Sea||--||--|
|Sat Jul 6, 2013||Rotterdam, The Netherlands||7:00 am||--|
Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. Please verify ports and times with the cruiseline directly.
|Dining / Dinner||Entertainment / Recreation||Gratuity Policies|
|No. of Dinner Sittings:
Usual Dinner Hours:
6:00pm & 8:00pm
Yes, with advance notice
| Card Rooms
Pools - Indoor
Pools - Outdoor
|Cabin Steward, Server and Maitre d'
$10.00 Per Person/ Per Day
|Services||Shopping||Health and Beauty|
Clergy - 2
Laundry/Ironing/Dry Cleaning Service
Public Address Systems
Shore Excursion Desk
Duty Free Shops
Designed for extended voyages, including an annual world cruise, Rotterdam VI, is a designated flagship for Holland America, an honor she shares with sister-ship Amsterdam. She offers the best of both contemporary and transatlantic liner-style cruising, tasteful elegance without pomposity. As flagship, she offers the most gracious and polished service of all the HAL ships, exemplary cuisine, and a gorgeous alternative restaurant.
Rotterdam is fully subscribed to Holland America's "Signature of Excellence" program, with enhancements to nearly every area of the ship. Staterooms now offer the best mattresses and duvets sold in Europe, flat screen TVs, and DVD players. There's early boarding and a choice of four dinner seatings. New service amenities include a new Culinary Arts Program with a demonstration kitchen for instructional cooking classes, expanded spa and fitness facilities, tableside waiter service at dinner in the Lido, new shore excursions and upgraded Club HAL Kids Centers. The Explorations Cafe is a combination reading and listening library, Internet center, and sidewalk cafe.
Returning passengers will see some of their favorite Holland America traditions remain free appetizers at cocktail hour, abundant fresh flowers throughout the ship, and chilled beer glasses.
The Queen's Show Lounge's floorshows usually include an accomplished concert pianists of some renown, a comedian and one other act (magician, juggler, singer). Broadway style productions created by Anita Mann have gotten much better at Holland America the last few years, featuring enthusiastic choreography, singing and state-of-the-art special effects. The highlights of the shows on Holland America are usually the lavish costumes.
There is a full-service Ocean Spa (run by Steiner's LTD) comprising a hair salon and massage and facial facilities. The bright Fitness Center features modern exercise machines, free weights, a sauna and steam room and a juice bar. Fitness classes ranging from yoga to aerobics are offered several times a day. Some of the classes carry a fee that tends to be rather expensive. There are two swimming pools, one with a retractable dome, and four Jacuzzis. The tennis courts double as volleyball courts. Joggers and speed walkers can do their morning constitutional on the terrific wraparound Promenade Deck, also lined with wooden deck chairs for a wonderful spot for reading, daydreaming, or even snoozing in the grand style of the cruisers of decades long past.
The main dining room, La Fontaine offers an attractive balance of contemporary cuisine and more traditional fare. While the menu always features something a bit bolder, such traditional favorites as grilled salmon and prime rib remain on offer, along with lighter and vegetarian cuisine.
The menu at The Pinnacle Grill at the Odyssey Restaurant is innovatively Italian, with a wine list offering several more excellent Italian choices than La Fontaine. The casual Lido will make you the best omelet you've ever tasted in the morning and occasionally offers Indonesian 'rice tables' or Indian curry stations at lunchtime.
Holland America's Lido buffets have always been among the best at sea, with a variety of salads, breads, hot entrees and sumptuous desserts.
In the elegant two-level La Fontaine Dining Room, enormous glass windows overlook the stern, providing dramatic sea views. Most tables seat four, six, eight and ten. There are four dinner seatings at 5:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Evocative of a medieval Venetian palace, with candelabras, hand-painted murals, and romantic muted lighting, Rotterdam's 88-seat Odyssey was Holland America's original alternative restaurant. Now called The Pinnacle Grill at the Odyssey, it features Pacific Northwest cuisine and wines, and levies a $20 service charge.
Casual breakfast and luncheon buffet are served in the Lido restaurant, adjacent to the pool. A bright, cheerful place with separate salad, drink, deli, dessert, and stir-fry stations. You seldom have to wait, even during days at sea. Hamburgers and hotdogs are served poolside until 4:00 p.m.
Holland America's Indonesian and Filipino crew is warm and gracious, though not always as fluent in English as American and British passengers might prefer. Speak slowly and make sure they understand what you need, because they can be to polite to ask you to repeat yourself.
For years Holland America was known for its no-tipping policy, intended to make passengers believe that staff were doing it for love, rather than money. Now, gratuities of $10.00 per person (including children) are automatically added daily to the shipboard account for dining and stateroom service. Visit the front desk to adjust that amount. A 15 percent service is automatically added to bar bills.
Slightly dressier on formal nights than other Holland America ships, especially on extended voyages, many men wear tuxes though a dark suit is certainly acceptable; daytime attire is casual, but jeans and a tee-shirt will appear a little under-dressed.
Contemporary, with a tastefully understated yet elegant decor, this gorgeous ship features Holland America memorabilia throughout the ship in addition to a $2 million collection of European and Asian art. Some of the most striking pieces are the "Terra Cotta Warriors," life-size human and equine terra cotta figures, reproductions of the ancient statues unearthed in Xian, China. Adjacent to the Explorer's Lounge, an enormous mural depicts 17th century Venice while the main dining room features a huge circular panel resembling stained glass.
The layout of the Rotterdam is not much different from the rest of the Holland America fleet. The differences are mostly in the decor. With most inside public areas concentrated on two decks, few passengers have trouble finding their way around.
Boarding visitors are greeted by a reproduction of a 17th century Flemish clock at the foot of a three-deck high stairway. The main public areas feature mostly dark red and blue upholstery and leathers, damask fabrics, mahogany tones, and gold accents, the ship feels at times like an elegant old hotel. The gorgeous two-level Queen's Lounge, more a nightclub than a theater, presents Rotterdam's lavish floorshows. Head for the banquettes for the best sight lines. The Explorer's Lounge offers cognac, cigars, delectable chef-designed chocolates and a string quartet at night. The Ambassador Lounge (and Tropic Bar within it) would seem more intimate if there weren't so many passengers passing through it all the time. The Crow's Nest, atop the ship, is an observation lounge by day and a disco after dark. Fresh hot popcorn is always available in the Wajang Movie Theater, where a selection of near first-run movies will be presented throughout the cruise (be sure to check the entire schedule, your favorite feature may or may not play more than once). The beautiful wood-paneled library is almost as large as the casino. Three boutiques complete the public area. The popular Ocean Bar offers sea views.
Abandoning the bland beigeness of the older Statendam-class ships, the cabin decors features a much livelier palette of colors, including corals, mangoes, blues, and white. Holland America built Rotterdam VI with yearly world cruises in mind, which mindset is reflected in the most spacious cabins in the mid-price range, regardless of category. Rotterdam has four categories of staterooms: inside (192 square feet), outside (201 square feet), mini suites (229 square feet with 59 sq.ft. private verandah), 36 suites (393 square feet with 189 sq.ft. private verandah) and four penthouse suites (937 sq.ft. with 189 sq.ft. private verandah). The 120 Verandah Suites (230 square feet, excluding verandah) offer particularly good value.
All cabins have two single or one queen-sized bed, abundant closet and drawer space, and safes. The remote-controlled color TV's show closed circuit movies as well as CNN International. There is a small dressing table, couch and armchair. The bathrooms have hair dryers and lovely toiletry; only outside cabins have both bathtubs and showers. Some cabins have connecting doors for families preferring two cabins.
Suites and minisuites come with many perks -- large balconies, marble bath with whirlpool, TV/VCR, terry cloth bathrobes, personalized, stationery, complimentary laundry, high tea served in suite, free videos, cocktail party with the captain, feather pillows and special disembarkation privileges. All suite guests may avail themselves of a concierge staff who remain stationed inside the concierge-class lounge on the same deck. This lounge features DVDs, books and tempting snacks available to suite passengers. The concierge will assist passengers in booking shore excursion reservations, alternative dining reservations and any other matters that would ordinarily involve standing in a slow-moving line.
There are four self-service launderettes (a wash and dry cost $2 including detergent) featuring ironing board/iron and folding table.
|June 22, 2013||---||14-day Norse Legends & Viking Sagas Collector||$5919||$6749|
|June 22, 2013||---||7-day Viking Sagas||$2241||$966|
|July 6, 2013||---||14-day Jewels Of The Baltic||$6599||$1799|
|July 6, 2013||---||21-day Baltic & Norwegian Fjords Collector||$8619||$2599|
|July 20, 2013||---||7-day Viking Sagas||$3599||$999|
|July 27, 2013||---||21-day Midnight Sun & Norwegian Fjords Collector||$2899||$2999|
|July 27, 2013||---||7-day Norse Legends||$916||$1017|
|August 3, 2013||---||14-day Voyage Of The Midnight Sun||$2099||$2399|
|August 3, 2013||---||28-day Midnight Sun Fjords & Highlands Collector||$3799||$4199|
|August 17, 2013||---||14-day Fjords Highlands & Ireland||$1899||$1999|
|August 31, 2013||---||14-day Norse Legends & Viking Sagas Collector||$1599||$1899|
|September 7, 2013||---||21-day Norse Legends & Iberian Explorer Collector||$2399||$2599|
|September 7, 2013||---||7-day Norse Legends||$899||$999|
|September 14, 2013||---||14-day Iberian Explorer||$1527||$1730|
|September 28, 2013||---||11-day Western Europe Adventure||$1199||$1399|
|September 28, 2013||---||33-day Western Europe & Greek Explorer Collector||$2999||$3599|
|September 28, 2013||---||43-day Western Europe & Holy Land Sojourn Collector||$3999||$4599|
|October 9, 2013||---||22-day French Riviera & Greek Explorer Collector||$2750||$2954|
|October 9, 2013||---||42-day French Riviera & Turkish Discovery Collector||$3899||$4399|
|October 20, 2013||---||21-day Dalmatian Coast & Holy Land Sojourn Collector||$2546||$2750|
|October 20, 2013||---||31-day Dalmatian Coast & Turkish Discovery Collector||$2954||$3260|
|October 31, 2013||---||10-day Holy Land Sojourn||$1119||$1221|
|November 10, 2013||---||31-day Turkish Discovery & Mediterranean Grandeur Collector||$2799||$2999|
|November 10, 2013||---||42-day Turkish Discovery & Iberian Adventure Collector||$3699||$3999|
|November 20, 2013||---||32-day Holy Land Sojourn & Iberian Adventure Collector||$2699||$2999|
|December 11, 2013||---||10-day Iberian Adventure||$1017||$1119|
|December 22, 2013||---||17-day Canary Islands Holiday||$1999||$2199|
|January 8, 2014||---||12-day Mediterranean Mosaic||$1099||$1299|
|January 8, 2014||---||37-day Mediterranean Mosaic & India Discovery||$4299||$4999|
|January 8, 2014||---||51-day Spice Route To Singapore||$5499||$6499|
|January 9, 2014||---||36-day Mediterranean Mosaic & India Discovery||$4292||$4992|
|January 9, 2014||---||50-day Spice Route To Singapore||$5691||$6989|
|January 20, 2014||---||25-day Arabia & India Discovery||$3494||$4193|
|January 20, 2014||---||39-day India Arabia & Indonesian Adventurer||$4899||$5799|
|March 14, 2014||---||57-day Indonesia Arabia & India Discovery||$6499||$7699|
|March 28, 2014||---||25-day Gems Of Arabia & India||$3499||$4199|
|March 28, 2014||---||43-day Arabia India & Mediterranean Explorer||$5149||$5999|
|May 10, 2014||---||14-day Norse Legends & Viking Sagas||$2149||$2549|
|May 17, 2014||---||21-day Baltic & Norwegian Fjords||$3149||$3599|
|May 24, 2014||---||14-day Jewels Of The Baltic||$2299||$2599|
|May 24, 2014||---||28-day Baltic & Midnight Sun||$4349||$4849|
|August 2, 2014||---||14-day Voyage Of The Midnight Sun||$2499||$2799|
|August 2, 2014||---||28-day Midnight Sun Fjords & Highlands||$4499||$5049|
|August 16, 2014||---||21-day Highlands & Norwegian Fjords||$3449||$3899|
|August 30, 2014||---||14-day Norse Legends & Viking Sagas||$2349||$2699|
|August 30, 2014||---||7-day Viking Sagas||$1299||$1499|
|September 6, 2014||---||21-day Iberian & Norwegian Fjords Explorer||$3349||$3799|