The MS Rotterdam is the sixth Holland America Line ship of its name, and was built in 1997. 780 feet long, and with a capacity of 1,404 passengers, this cruise ship offers true luxury at sea, as even its standard cabins are larger than many other ships' suites. Although most passengers fit into the mature category, families and children will also find plenty to keep themselves entertained.
The Rotterdam gives passengers the chance to explore many destinations, including the Caribbean, with cruises of 7 or 21 nights. Departing from Tampa, Florida, the Rotterdam drops anchor at some of the less-known ports of the Caribbean, visiting Guatemala, Honduras, the Dutch territory of Curacao, and Oranjestad, capital of Aruba. Passengers enjoy the chance to see a different side to the Caribbean, with shore excursions like hiking in the Mayan Eden Eco Park in Roatan and guided kayak tours of Guatemala’s Pichilingo River.
The standard cabins on the Rotterdam are extremely spacious. 125 inside cabins are 182 square feet, and 346 outside cabins are 197 square feet, plus, there are 25 wheelchair-accessible rooms. All cabins have a separate sitting area with a leather couch, and a generous bathroom. The luxurious Pinnacle Suite, accommodating four guests, has a private balcony, whirlpool tub, pantry and dressing room.
MS Rotterdam has two pools, a relaxing spa, and a Blues Club among an array of entertainment options. Cooking classes are available, as are wine tastings, lectures and cultural information sessions about the destinations the ship will be visiting. The onboard casino offers gaming lessons for newcomers at the start of each voyage. Effortlessly blending tradition with modern amenities, this cruise ship provides an elegant base for exploring exotic locales.