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After many years sailing with Holland America Line, MS Rotterdam has left the fleet to sail as Borealis under Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. In her place from 2021 is a brand new ship bearing the same name as her predecessor. Innovative in design and voyaging on exciting itineraries, this impressive vessel showcases the best of what the cruise line has to offer. As well as exemplary dining options, inviting staterooms and suites, and plenty of shore excursions to help you make the most of every destination, Rotterdam is the perfect choice for music lovers. With five different venues offering live performances, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable holiday at sea.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 20/10/2021
Tonnage 100000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 26
Number Of Decks 12
Number Of Elevators 12
Maximum Capacity 3218
Crew 1025

Ship Facilities


There's no better way to make the most out of your cruise than by staying well-fuelled, and with so many enticing restaurants to choose from onboard MS Rotterdam, there's no need to worry about going hungry. From the elegant main dining room or extensive buffet to more intimate, speciality restaurants, perfect for a special occasion, there's a dining venue perfectly matched to your needs.


  • Main Dining Room- serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a sophisticated setting with attentive service.
  • Pinnacle Grill- perfectly prepared premium ingredients, such as caviar and lobster.
  • Rudi's Sel de Mer- authentic French cuisine with a touch of contemporary flair.
  • Grand Dutch Café- specialising in international light dishes and draught lagers.
  • Tamarind- Pan-Asian delights from Southeast Asia, China and Japan.
  • Lido Marketplace- impressive buffet restaurant with food stations serving dishes from around the world.
  • New York Pizza and Deli- stack your pizza with all your favourite toppings at this New York-style pizzeria and deli.
  • Canaletto- dishes like they make them in Italy wherever in the world you are.


With so many different spots to choose from, no two evenings onboard MS Rotterdam have to be the same- unless you want them to!

  • Live shows- thanks to the World Stage, guests can enjoy a variety of live performances during their cruise. From singers to dancers and stage productions, guests can sit back in their comfortable seats and enjoy the show.
  • Live music- from blues music at BB King's Blues Club, to 50 years of chart hits at Billboard Onboard and chamber music performances at the Lincoln Stage Centre, there's something to suit all sorts of music lovers.
  • Bars and lounges- if you'd rather spend your evening relaxing in a bar or lounge, there are plenty to choose from. Whether you want to enjoy your drink al fresco and admire the sunset at the Sun Bar or would rather soak up the lively atmosphere at the Crow's Nest, your evening can be as laid back or fast paced as you want it to be.


Club HAL is Holland America Line’s specially designed youth activities program. Offering a whole host of activities onboard MS Rotterdam for guests aged 3-17, supervised by professionally trained staff, the kids can enjoy age-appropriate activities while making friends with others their age. They’ll have so much fun that they’ll never want to go home!

Things to do


Between immersive shore excursions and exciting evening entertainment, MS Rotterdam has plenty onboard to keep you busy. If you want to take it easy, the pool deck is a guest favourite, where you can cool off in the refreshing water, grab a drink from one of the nearby bars or find a sun lounger and take some time to yourself.

Back inside the ship and the Crow's Nest is a hub of activity. From board games and puzzles to Explorations Central, where guests can use destination resources to help them get the most out of their shore excursions, this central spot has all you need for a fun few hours onboard. If you want to learn even more about the ports of call along the way, there are also lectures and port talks held throughout the cruise by guest speakers who are experts in their field.

Spa and fitness

For fitness enthusiasts and those who like to stay active, the onboard sports court and fitness centre, complete with modern gym equipment and professionally-led exercise classes, are ideal for those guests who like to stay active, even when they're on holiday. However, being on a cruise doesn't mean you have to always be on the go, so if you want to take a few hours to unwind then head to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Here you can enjoy everything from pedicures, massages and facials to haircuts and styles, perfect for a holiday treat.

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