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  1. We will be flying from the US to Amsterdam Schiphol, but cruising out of Rotterdam. We will be staying in a Rotterdam hotel (not yet selected), for 2 or 3 days before our Oct 3, 2020 cruise on the Rotterdam for 29 days. What is the best transportation from Schiphol to a downtown Rotterdam hotel ? There will be 4 of us. We are considering staying in the SS Rotterdam Hotel, which is the old HAL cruise ship which is now a museum and hotel. But the main concern is decent transportation from Schiphol to Rotterdam.
  2. Good Day, just wondering if any one has opinions on the AA Rear Facing Balcony cabins on the Rotterdam? We are looking at the 7th Floor Navigation Deck. Is there issues with people above looking down on the balcony? 6th Floor looks better but it is sold out... Any other thoughts or opinions? The other choice would be a B or AA on the side.... Thanks for any input. LeslieW
  3. After doing about 30 cruises, I had to take a break from cruising (work and family) and I haven't been on a ship since 2013. But I'm back! I will be accompanying a group on the Rotterdam on June 27, 2020. My last cruise on the Rotterdam was in 2005... so 15 years later, I'm sure much has changed! I know the ship was refurbished in 2017, but 3 years can be long for a ship - is the Rotterdam still in good shape? What are the new 'must see, must do'?
  4. Hi, we know there is no movie streaming on Rotterdam cabins, but rather a dvd-player. One can borrow dvd at the guest desk. So far so good. If we bring our own dvds (German ones in our case) would it be possible to play those or will a country code restriction block this? Any experience? regards MouseBerry
  5. The SS Rotterdam V is about to celebrate her 60th birthday on September 3rd. She serves as a hotel on the water in Rotterdam and IF I could be in Rotterdam I would love to be there. Nice to see a ship that is 60 years old (and she was a beautiful ship) still preserved and loved ❤️ a bit of history - https://ssrotterdam.com/who-are-we/history/ and here is the celebration: On Tuesday 3 September 2019 we celebrate the Maiden Voyage from the ss Rotterdam to New York, exactly 60 years ago. You are invited for a special gala dinner, an unforgettable foyer dansant and, if you want, one overnight stay on board La Grande Dame. Dress Code: black tie. ARRANGEMENT Do you want to enjoy the festive evening until the last snack and drink? For € 195.90 per person it is possible to enjoy the entire evening carefree. Do you like to stay the night afterwards and enjoy the next morning a delicious cruise breakfast? Then we offer this combination for € 250,- per person. HOW TO BOOK From Monday 29 July 2019 you can book your Maiden Voyage Gala 2019 arrangement: • website www.ssrotterdam.nl • e-mail reserveringen@ssrotterdam.nl • telephone +31102973097 If you can be there - go and enjoy. It’s still a beautiful ship and the pride of Rotterdam. 🙂
  6. We will be on the Rotterdam in October for 42 days. Has the audio/visual systems been upgraded to include the flat screen TVs and does it have the ability of streaming movies like the new ships or does it still have a DVD player?
  7. There are some concerns expressed in the Ship Reviews under the header Research. Has anyone who has been onboard recently heard about or noticed problems with the ship. Rust would not bother me, but plumbing, AC and heat issues would keep me from booking if they were widespread.
  8. In the mail today I received a promotion booklet from HAL for holiday cruises that talks about a musical group "Postmodern Jukebox On Deck" and states they are currently on the Rotterdam. It stated that "they are bringing the excitement and glamour of their show to sea with two unique performances created exclusively for HAL". Just wondering if anyone has witnessed these shows and what you thought. We will be on the Rotterdam in October so they may have moved on by then.
  9. Last night tables were set with new bread plates - blue and white, heavily patterned all over. Within in the pattern is the HAL logo of a ship. Last night we had two different pattern plates. Tonight they were both the same. Just curious if these are appearing on all the HAL ships. And are only the bread plates being changed?:confused:
  10. Hi .. has anyone been on the Rotterdam recently that could confirm it the ship has been through the Dry Dock and had the refurbishment that is being currently undertaken? And if not does anyone know when it will be done? Any photos or descriptions about what has or hasn't been done would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance
  11. Hi, I read a few reports on cruise critic about quite recent MS Rotterdam cruises where some ports are missed because of not funtional tender service. From the writting I got the impression that the non functional service was quite consistent. Apparently it lasted several days thus multiple ports are missed. And apparently all of the tender boats were not functional at the same time. I‘m now quite concerned as our upcoming cruise early August has 4 tender ports. I was quite shocked how HAL had handled the situation on board, if actually that happened what has been reported in the reviews. But if HAL knows the situation now and does not inform passengers of upcoming cruises properly I would consider this as very bad business behaviour. Still hope HAL is able to solve the problem. Does anybody have info if this problem has been solved? Or if the problem actually existed at all? You know about this faked reviews which goes in both directions. The good and bad one. regards MBerry
  12. Hi everyone, Is there someone on the Rotterdam right now to help me? We are sailing on her at the end of July and wondered if you can tell me who is playing in the Piano Bar? And who is playing in the Ocean Trio? Many thanks, we love the smaller ships and those two Bars. Happy Sailing. Richard
  13. Hi, on our last cruise on MS Koningsdam it was no problem to find a free lounger somewhere. Even on sunny sea days no problem at all. But to find a lounger in the shade was a big problem sometimes. We plan our next cruise on MS Rotterdam. I saw some pictures of the lower promenade deck with loungers. There is shade. Are these loungers dedicated to the Lanai cabins or can they be used by all guests? Maybe the ones directly in front of Lanai cabins should be dedicated as this is more or less their balcony, but maybe some extra loungers are available to all guests. What are the rules here? cheers MBerry
  14. Does the Rotterdam have on-demand movies available on the stateroom televisions or are DVD players still used?
  15. Have Rotterdam Cabin B7067 for Panama Canal Cruise in Feb 2020. Is this an oversized balcony that wraps around. Any comments about this cabin?
  16. We are going on the Rotterdam next month from Amsterdam, up the coast and fjords of Norway and above the Arctic Circle and over to stops in Iceland back to Amsterdam where we stay for the 2nd segment around the British Isles. Probably would have been easier to have looked up the title of the cruise. Never been on the Rotterdam before nor the 2 other couples going with us. So the question is: which bars ot lounges have pre dinner drink specials? Buffalo Man
  17. We would be new to HA and are considering an itinerary for next year that has many sea days. Is there a 2nd pool on the very top deck and if so, is it open to all guests? What activities or entertainment are available on the Rotterdam to keep busy on multiple sea days? Thank you!
  18. The ship. It had been two years since we sailed ms Rotterdam and the ship's inside public places were extensively done over in a very nice way. New carpets, new upholstery and a general new feel when walking around deck 4 and 5. Inside our verandah cabin the couch was new, not leathery this time, and the cabin was clean with no defects. Airconditioning worked fine the whole two weeks. The washroom however was not updated. Everything worked, hot/cold water, flush, but the general condition of the bath, although clean, was bad. Apparently the area around the bath faucets was and had been leaking with a lot of rust as a result. This was painted over, but rust was already apparent again. This fortunately did not lesson the enjoyment of the cruise, but is something HAL should attend to as they will keep ships like Rotterdam for another ten years as told by the hotel director on the ship. Dining. Admittedly a subjective subject, we think the choice and quality of the meals in the mdr has improved greatly. I liked every course I selected, which has not always been the case, and it was never a problem to order seconds. There is no charge for a second main course. The lido was used for breakfast and lunch. Quality is good with lots of choices, italian corner, far lands (asian) corner, sushi corner, salad bar, fixed sandwiches etc. On the aft deck you can order made to order pizza, we did that once and it was good and in the covered pool was a snackbar with hamburgers and fries, also good. I sometime read about bad attendance by lido waiters but that is not the case here. Tables were cleaned in record time and they came around for water/koffie etc very often. It seemed like a full house and that reflected in a very busy lido, so to have a table of choice you would have to come early. We did not do pinnacle or canalletto. Crew. They were fabulous as ever. From cabin stewards, dining stewards, in fact everybody you met, it was all smiles and helpfullness. Itinerary. Due to strong winds the harbour of Warnemunde closed and it was not safe anyway to dock there. This was to be the start of Berlin tours and was a great dissapointment for passengers who had embarked on the previous cuise and had stayed on for this one, they had already missed two ports and this would be the third. So another seaday, but the captain announced already at noon that the next day's scheduled sea day would be replaced with an impromptu port stop at Riga and that turned out to be a great one! Rotterdam had never been there before, in fact only Prinsendam had. Every other, scheduled, stop was in general early to arrive and on time to leave. Overall. It was a great cruise, despite the unusual cold weather for the baltic.
  19. We r considering a 32 day Hawaii/So Pacific Rotterdam Cruise. First time on HAL but have been on many other cruise lines. A couple of questions: Is there a self service laundry? Is there a piano bar? Are gratuities billed daily or paid individually at end of cruise? Does dinning have traditional and anytime dinning offered? And last but not least, does the ship pretty much close down early? Like 10ish? TIA
  20. Has any one had an oceanview room midship on Deck One on the Rotterdam? Was it noisy? What could you see?
  21. After 30 years on RCCL, Celebrity & Princess looks like we will try HAL. Looking at a 32 day cruise in Feb 2021 to Hawaii & South Pacific. Looking for a good size/ locations Ocean View room. Any suggestions from someone who has been on the Rotterdam, any areas not to try, or great rooms you have had on decks 2 or 3. Thanks Charlie
  22. Well, almost. Prinsendam was here once in the ninteen nineties something. Because of cancelled Warnemunde ms Rotterdam sailed for the first time ever up the river to Riga. Helped by two tugs she reversed in the relatively small river and docked behind a britisch warship, almost in front of the old town! The excursion desk had managed to find some tours and the local hop on hop of busses were waiting. There was only a slightly minor setback. The wind was still blowing strong with a temperature just above freezing and sometimes snowgrains fell. A few off our fellow passengers had not accounted for the weather and had to rush back to the ship. All in all an excellent substitution arranged in record time. I say, HAL use this port more often!
  23. Two years ago we did a Panama Canal transit on the Amsterdam (West to East). One of the highlights of the cruise was a specialty dinner in the Pinnacle based on the menu from Le Cirque restaurant in New York City. This year we're doing another transit, this time East to West, on the Rotterdam. I can't find any reference to this dinner and am curious if this is offerred on the Rotterdam. Thanks
  24. As forecasted, the winds this morning were very strong. The waves in the harbour were around two and a half meters or roughly 8 feet and the harbourmaster closed the inner port. As the wind was forecasted to increase it was not safe to dock anywhere else and the captain took the safe decision to cancel Warnemunde. Warnemunde is used for excursions to Berlin, so a lot of people will be disappointed. They are now looking to replace tomorrows scheduled seaday into a port stop in Riga. As I'm writing this they confirmed Riga as a substitute, so it is a good and fast followup!
  25. We chose this cruise and ship based on pricing and ease of getting to the port as it was a short 90 minute drive for us. We parked at Parkway through groupon which was a easy location to find and the crew working the parking was very efficient. We got dropped off in the "luggage zone" around 11:45 and made our way into the check in area. We were pleasantly surprised that the lines were practically non existent and passed through quickly arriving at the check in counter and on our way to board the ship in under 15 minutes. First impression was as expected, we knew the Rotterdam was an older and small ship and had done research ahead of time. You board on the 4th deck so you do not walk right into the grand atrium which is on deck 5 so basically you walk on and offered a champagne glass and directed to the Lido for lunch or since our room was ready we could go and drop off our carry on and head to lunch. Big surprise as typically we usually waited until 1:30 for room access. First impression was great! We ate our first lunch and was not disappointed the buffet has numerous stations and numerous options. Most of the main stations you are served by a crew member with stations like fruits, dessert and pre made sandwiches as help yourself.
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