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Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 22 (Part 2)

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 22 (Part 2)

It’s Wednesday night. We left Oslo and during dinner time we were sailing out of the fjords, which gave fantastic views. Just before dinner in the bars of ms Rotterdam they served with our drinks a famous Dutch treat. Holland America Line has it’s roots in The Netherlands, so you get “bitterballs” in Dutch Bitterballen….   read more of “Rotterdam Cruise…”

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 22

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 22

On the advice of the captain, we rose early to see the most beautiful fjord in Scandinavia. We ordered a breakfast in our stateroom so we could sit on our balcony and enjoy the view.

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 21

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 21

We arrived in the early evening in Copenhagen, so there was time for those who want to see nightlife to leave the ship. The next morning it was our turn.

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 20

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 20

This morning we arrived at Helsingborg. With Rotterdam’s own tenders we were ferried ashore Just in time for opening of the shops (10 a.m.).

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 19

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 19

It is a very relaxing sea day. After leaving Rotterdam Saturday in force 6 wind and showers in the morning it’s now a nice and sunny Sunday.

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 18

Rotterdam Cruise Diary: July 18

Cees and Yvon Kloppenburg are sending us regular updates from their cruise on board Rotterdam. Sailing from Rotterdam on board ms Rotterdam, which has as its home port Rotterdam, is the best a (Dutch) Holland America Line cruise lover can ask for. It is just something different from leaving from a U.S. or Canadian port…   read more of “Rotterdam Cruise…”

Rotterdam Was Back In Rotterdam

Rotterdam Was Back In Rotterdam

Regular contributor Aad Hoogesteger sent in these photos taken July 18. Today Rotterdam was again in Rotterdam. We went to see her leave. These pictures I took in Rotterdam and near the North Sea at the Landtong.

Tacking Tallinn

Tacking Tallinn

[Eurodam is in Tallinn today.] Tallinn has been overrun by the Goths, the Pope’s Knights, the Danes, the Germans, the Russians, and now – the cruise ships. Weekly, during the summer, ships disgorge thousands of history-hungry passengers onto waiting tour and shuttle buses, a weekly booster shot to the Estonian economy. For some of those…   read more of “Tacking…”