Holland America Line

Rotterdam is the 7th ship in the Holland America fleet to bear the name of the Dutch city where this iconic and historic shipping company was founded. Rotterdam is a Pinnacle-class cruise ship, and is very much like the Vista-class, with a few extra add-ons. Aboard Rotterdam, you’ll find the very contemporary Dining Room, a selection of fine speciality restaurants including Tamarind, Nami Sushi and Pinnacle Grill – as well as iconic music venues including Rolling Stone Rock Room, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues Club. As a first taste to Holland America, Rotterdam wowed us! Not because she’s glitzy, glamorous and has an abundance of activities onboard – because in truth, she isn’t very glitzy, and she hasn’t got those onboard facilities and activities that much larger cruise ships have. But, this is what made her great – she felt homely and really quite charming. And is a ship where you would feel very much at home, particularly on longer sailings.

Video's of Rotterdam

The Score Card.

Ship Interior

How wowed were we by the ship interior?

Ship Exterior

How striking is the exterior design of the ship?


How well maintained is the ship? Any rust? Any sign of damage?

Glitz & Glamour

How striking is the ship interior? Does it feel palatial?

WOW Factors

Wow facilities - such as bumper cars, ice rinks, luxury spas, sanctuaries etc.


How friendly and efficient was service?

Cabin Amenities

How well appointed is the cabin? Interactive TV, sufficient plug sockets?

Cabin Service

How efficient was the cabin service?

Cabin Comfort

How comfortable was the bed?

Shop Variety

How big was the variety of shops onboard?

Shop Prices

How fair is the onboard pricing in the shops?

Drink Prices

How fair is onboard pricing when it comes to drinks?

Main Dining

How impressed were we with Main Dining?

Alfresco Dining

How many alfresco dining options were there onboard?

Speciality Variety

How many speciality dining options were there onboard?

Speciality Quality

Quality and standards of cuisine in the speciality dining venues

Speciality Prices

How fair were the prices of speciality restaurants?

Buffet Choice

How big was variety in the buffet restaurant onboard?

Buffet Quality

How impressed were we with the quality of food in the buffet?


Choices for vegetarians, vegans and other dietary issues?

Overall Dining

Overall dining variety onboard?


How good was the variety and standard of entertainment onboard?

Pools & Hot Tubs

Variety and amount of pools and hot tubs onboard

Poolside Area

How well maintained were the poolside areas onboard?

Fitness Centre

How impressed were we with the gym and fitness area onboard?

Deck Furniture

Condition and variety of different deck furniture

Extra Activities

Mini Golf, Sports Court, Golf Simulator and other venues of that type


Sufficient amount of lifts? Average wait times?


Variety on sale, cost and standard of excursions sold

Spa Treatments

How fairly priced were spa treatments and products?

WiFi Cost

How fairly priced was WiFi onboard?


Were we kept informed by the bridge of developments and progress?


How impressive was the spa? Hydrotherapy pool, thermal suite?

WiFi Quality

How fast or slow was the ship's internet?


Children's facilities onboard

The App

Was there an app to improve a customers experience? Did it function well?


How smooth and fast was the embarkation process?


How smooth and fast was the disembarkation process?

Interactive TV

Was there an interactive TV in the cabins? How good was it?

Deck Freedom

Did the ship have a promenade? Could you walk to the front of the ship?


How easy is it to get a towel by the pool? Was there a towel station?

Value For Money

Overall value for money, considering all factors

*a score of 0 means that this facility was not offered. Scores are generated by comparing to experiences with other cruise ships and cruise lines. These scores are opinion-based.

Cruise Ship Score


Cruise Ship Score


Ship Name: Rotterdam
Operator: Holland America Line
Port of Registry: Netherlands
Cost: $480,000,000
Launched: October 2021
Tonnage: 99,500 GT
Length: 298m
Beam: 10.68m
Height: 61m
Passenger Decks: 12
Speed: 22.2 knots
Max Passengers: 4,173
Crew: 1053
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1:2

Holland America Line is a US-owned cruise line, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc headquartered in Seattle, Washington, United States. Holland America Line is a cruise line which sits firmly in the Premium cruise category, targeted at middle and older aged cruisers. The Holland America cruise experience is destination-focused, offering more shore excursions and information to their guests so that they can get the most out of each destination they visit. You can also expect fantastic dining, exemplary service, and some of the best music entertainment at sea. Holland America is a great cruise line!

Best Suited For

  • Couples
  • Those that appreciate a quiet and relaxing cruise experience
  • Those seeking a premium experience for less
  • Those that appreciate good music entertainment
  • Those that put a high value on destination experiences

Not Suited For

  • Families with children
  • Those that like waterparks, waterslides and ice skating etc
  • Those that like a lively ship
  • Those that don’t like flying to join a cruise
  • Cruisers on a budget