SS Rotterdam Tours and Activities
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The SS Rotterdam, La Grand Dame, is the former flagship cruise liner of the Holland America Cruise Line, which since 2010 is now a hotel, restaurant, and event center located in Rotterdam Harbor.
The SS Rotterdam was built in Rotterdam, inaugurated in 1958 and put into service in 1959, making a Trans-Atlantic crossing to New York for its maiden voyage. At the time, the ship was one of the ten largest cruise ships in the world. The ship’s design was more streamlined and modern than traditional cruise liners at the time with a sharp, high bow and slender flues instead of the traditional chimney of other cruise ships.
The Rotterdam was used for many years for these Trans-Atlantic crossings, until this was replaced by air travel as the preferred mode in the early 1970’s. The SS Rotterdam was then converted into a cruise service in the manner of cruise lines today, serving the Holland America line until the mid-1990s. In the late 1990s, the ship was renamed the Rembrandt and was used by Premier cruises for shorter European cruises, until the Premier line went out of business in 2000.
Between 2005 and 2008, the ship regained its old name and was restored to its original luxury, while being upgraded and modernized to service its current purpose. In 2008, the ship returned to Rotterdam and docked at Katendrecht, in the center of Rotterdam.
Today, visitors to the ss Rotterdam can wander the ship, visiting most areas, as they are open to the public. For some areas, you need to book one of the private tours to get in. Tour packages include an above-deck Sea Breeze Deluxe tour of the bow, bridge, and captain’s cabin, or a below-deck Steam & Chrome tour of the engine rooms, crew areas, and radio room. You can also combine both tours into the Rotterdam Complete tour to see the whole ship.
The Rotterdam is a fully functioning hotel with 254 guest rooms. The steamship also features two restaurants and two bars, as well as an outdoor terrace where you can relax with a drink by the poolside.
The SS Rotterdam is open free of charge, while guided tours are separate admission. Tours run daily from 10am to 5pm, with the last admission at 4pm.
Address: 3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, Rotterdam 3072 AM, Netherlands
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1 Tours and Activities to Experience SS Rotterdam
Step aboard the SS ‘Rotterdam,’ once one of the Netherlands’ greatest passenger liners, and get a taste of what life was like aboard this grand vessel in bygone days. Take a peek inside the captain’s quarters during a 1-hour above-deck tour, or select the 1-hour below-deck tour and descend into the belly of the ship for an insider’s look at the running of a ship. Alternatively, upgrade to enjoy both experiences with an all-inclusive, 1.5-hour tour.
Take a break from sightseeing in the city and discover a symbol of Holland’s history on a visit to SS Rotterdam. Learn about the ship’s past as you explore her upper decks, or gain insight into nautical travel on a visit to her engine rooms. Take advantage of extended daily opening hours to visit the family-friendly attraction at a time that suits you.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
With the Rotterdam Highlights Bike Tour you visit ALL the highlights of Rotterdam. Under the guidance of a passionate guide this bike tour will be memorable activity for all ages. It has the perfect mix: witnessing breathtaking skyline views, hearing funny stories and learn more about Rotterdam as a post-war reconstruction city. We cycle from the Market Hall to the Euromast and Hotel New York. Besides seeing all the top sights, this tour is ideal to orientate yourself in the city. After the Rotterdam Highlights Bike Tour you will definitely know the best places in Rotterdam.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book SS Rotterdam tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since SS Rotterdam can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 SS Rotterdam tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit SS Rotterdam 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to SS Rotterdam costs USD 16.10. Guided SS Rotterdam tours start around USD 16.10 per person. See all 1 SS Rotterdam tickets and tours on Viator.
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