Today's Ship of the Day is the ms Rotterdam (IMO: 9122552, Port of registry: Rotterdam), the flagship of the Holland America Line which has a capacity of 1,316 passengers. She is already the sixth ship of the HAL to bear the name. The Rotterdam has 658 rooms of which there are 4 penthouse suites, 36 normal suites, 120 mini suites, 381 outside staterooms and 117 inside staterooms. Furthermore there are several restaurants, bars, a theather, a kids club, a library, a casino and a health spa on board. On board ms Rotterdam you will find exact replicas of the huge clay army discovered buried in Xian, China. Other art pieces include remarkable clocks and time pieces, contemporary art by recognized artists, and antiques that represent the rich seafaring heritage of Holland America Line. A highlight of the tour is a beautiful 18th-century ship model carved from bone. This in 1997 in Italy built vessel is 238 meters long, 32 meters wide and has a gross tonnage of almost 60.000. The ms Rotterdam arrived this morning at the Holland Amerikakade from Cherbourg for her first visit of twenty visits to Rotterdam this season. She will leave the port this afternoon for a 17 day cruise visiting Lisbon, Gibraltar, Barcelona, Civitavecchia (Rome), Ibiza and several other cities in Spain.
Pictures below are of the penthouse, the art gallery and the atrium.