Facts and figures:
The ss Rotterdam, Steam Ship Rotterdam
Length: 228 meter
Width: 28 meter
Height: 41 meter
38.645 ton of steel
On 13 September, 1958, with a clearly spoken “I name you the Rotterdam and wish you a safe journey” Queen Juliana christened the new pride of the Dutch merchant fleet and sent the ship down the ways at the Rotterdam Drydock Company under the eyes of an enormous audience. Just under a year later, on Thursday 3 September, 1959, The ss Rotterdam departed on her maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York. Among the guests aboard was then-crown princess Beatrix.
The Rotterdam departed on her last transatlantic voyage from her home port in 1971. Since then the ship has been used exclusively for cruising, including dozens of world cruises.
The ss Rotterdam sailed every world sea very successfully under the Dutch flag for the Holland-America Line for some 38 years.
Since September 2000 the ship has been moored in Freeport in the Bahamas, due to bankruptcy of its current owner Premier Cruises (since 2000).
Fortunately, during this period the ship kept its original state, including its original furniture and artwork.
On August 4 2008 she came to Holland for the final part of the refurbishment.
Since February 15 2010 the Rotterdam is open for tours, congresses, meetings, and hotel* and restaurant facilities.
* The SS-Rotterdam offers hotel rooms on the ship at a special rate of €119,- for participants of the workshop. After registration you will find a link in your confirmation email where you can book these rooms as long they are available.