The Rotterdam, Holland America’s newest Pinnacle Class ship, is cruising in the Caribbean this winter and will spend next Spring and Summer in Northern Europe and Scandinavia. Celebrating almost 150 years of tradition, and in a nod to the Line’s Dutch heritage, this ship is the seventh in the fleet to carry Rotterdam’s venerable name. Yet this vessel is modern and luxurious, with fantastic and varied dining choices, a beautiful, curated art collection, thoughtful programming and entertaining shows and what I believe is the best live music at sea. Offered in various venues throughout the ship, guests love the Rolling Stone Rock Room, B.B. King’s Blues Club, which has people dancing till the early hours, Lincoln Center Stage for the classics and Billboard Onboard for duelling piano tunes and requests.
As the fleet’s new flagship, the Rotterdam is the beneficiary of wise investments by the cruise company to elevate the onboard experience with its service, accommodations and cuisine in various venues. For small extra charges, guests can try Tamarind for Asian fusion, Canaletto for casual Italian, the superb Pinnacle Grill for lunch and dinner and the ever-popular Rudi’s Sel de Mer for seafood and French favourites. And of course, there’s a lovely main dining room.
The gorgeous and charming Grand Dutch Café is always busy, a great place to meet up for casual meals, snacks and tasty Dutch treats. The main pool area with its relaxing cabanas offers several spots for an easy, quick yet delicious meal – including great, made-to-order pizza. There’s a retractable roof over the main pool area, which also has a large screen for movies and other shows.
A favoured venue for guests is World Stage which offers superb entertainment ranging from BBC Earth productions to toe-tapping musical productions and, on our cruise, a remarkable story-telling experience about Holland America’s Origins – it’s a must-see.
Every Caribbean cruise calls at the Line’s outstanding and award-winning private island in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay. It’s got something for everyone with gorgeous beaches, crystalline bays, water toys, bars and casual bbq spots, including a Lobster Shack and opportunities to ride horses, snorkel and play volleyball. It’s a terrific beach day on any cruise.
The lovely new Rotterdam is a truly elegant ship with spacious accommodations, excellent service and a wide range of activities and amenities – including a library, various bars and lounges, a spa and gym and a second small pool at the aft, ideal for sun lovers.
If you are ready to cruise this winter, here is a small selection of Rotterdam’s Caribbean itineraries available:
7-Day Southern Caribbean: Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip
Visiting: Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), Curaçao & Aruba
7-Day Eastern Caribbean: Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip
Visiting: Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas)
8-Day Western Caribbean: Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip
Visiting: Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), Jamaica, Grand Cayman & Cozumel
14-Day Southern Caribbean: Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Key West, Half Moon Cay (Bahamas)
Contact your travel professional or visit here for complete details.