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140 Years Young: Rotterdam’s Maiden Voyage

140 Years Young: Rotterdam’s Maiden Voyage

Dec. 15, 1997: Rotterdam VI sets sail on its seven-day maiden voyage to the Caribbean. The 62,000-ton, 1,316-passenger ship serves as the fleet’s flagship for the 21st century, maintaining the elegance of previous ships bearing the name, combined with state-of-art features and an unmatched art collection valued at $11.5 million.

Rotterdam Gets a Makeover in Time for the Holidays

Rotterdam Gets a Makeover in Time for the Holidays

Thanks to Martijn van Winden, Rotterdam‘s Pinnacle Grill manager, for sending in photos of Rotterdam undergoing some renovations. At the moment the ship is dry-docked at Hamburg, Germany. On December 22 Rotterdam will welcome guests embarking in Rotterdam on the freshly updated ship and set sail on a Christmas cruise. Here are some photos of…   read more of “Rotterdam Gets a…”

Rotterdam’s Colorful Sailaway from the Port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s Colorful Sailaway from the Port of Rotterdam

Special thanks to HAL guest and regular blog contributor Hans Janssen for these photos from his Rotterdam cruise. Here are some pictures taken during our wonderful cruise aboard ms Rotterdam as it sailed to the Caribbean. They were taken during the departure from the Port of Rotterdam. – Hans Janssen

Rotterdam Honors Port-of-Spain

Rotterdam Honors Port-of-Spain

Port-of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, recently welcomed the 1,404-guest Rotterdam as part of its 34-night ‘Caribbean Odyssey’ roundtrip cruise from Rotterdam and Southampton. To commemorate Rotterdam’s visit to Port-of-Spain, the master of Rotterdam, Captain Hans Mateboer, welcomed local dignitaries aboard, including the honorable Steven Cadiz, minister of tourism; Christine Hosein, special adviser to…   read more of “Rotterdam Honors…”

Memorable HAL Cruise with Artist Stephen Card

Memorable HAL Cruise with Artist Stephen Card

Big thanks to HAL guest George for sending in this great story of his most memorable HAL cruise. Thanks, George! After several first, last and important HAL voyages, including the first leg of Rotterdam V’s last around-the-world trip and Rotterdam VI’s first eastbound trans-Atlantic crossing, the greatest was the 40th anniversary cruise commemorating the change…   read more of “Memorable HAL…”

Journalists Sail to Norway on Rotterdam

Journalists Sail to Norway on Rotterdam

Journalists Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher recently sailed on Rotterdam to Norway and they wrote a wonderful piece about their experience. NORWAY – Norway has earned the moniker Land of the Midnight Sun because from May through July, the sun never completely sets north of the Arctic Circle, which comprises about half of the…   read more of “Journalists Sail to…”

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Ushuaia

Explorer’s Scrapbook: Ushuaia

South America is a continent fill with every type of scenic backdrop — from beaches to mountains to fjords. The colors and sights are always impressive, no matter the photo subject. Martin Jaxa-Rozen Shore Excursion Office ms Rotterdam