Holland America Lines
MS Rotterdam April 7, 2019
Just The Facts
Ship: MS Rotterdam
Sailing: April 7, 2019 from Tampa Bay, Florida
Captain: Bas van Dreumel, from Perth, Australia
Cruise Director: Rhys Williams from Cape Town South Africa
Ports: Tampa, FL - Key West, FL - Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala - Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan, Honduras - Costa Maya, Mexico - Tampa, FL
This is my 1st time on the MS Rotterdam, my 3rd Holland American Lines cruise, and my 142nd cruise overall. I am sailing as a solo.
Day One—Sunday—April 7 — Embarkation
|Sailing under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge|
Day Two—Monday—April 8—Key West Florida
|Custom eggs this morning|
Day Three—Tuesday—April 9—at Sea
Very smooth seas overnight and I slept very well…until 10:30 am in fact. Fortunately we turn back our clocks one hour so I was able to go to the Lido in time for breakfast. I had a western omelette from the omelette station plus extras. It looks like another perfect beautiful day for us. I really like the HAL app Navigator. You can use it both on your iPhone and online on your laptop. The app has the schedule of the day, ship maps, cruise information and even the daily menus for the MDR. A very helpful application and no you do not have to purchase an internet package to use it. I’m having a nice cabin day streaming TV, but I went up to the Lido Marketplace for lunch, a nice Turkey on the carving station. I had a nice walkabout around the ship and guests are really enjoying the pool and outer decks today. More relaxation on deck three most of the afternoon. Tonight is the Captain's Gala Dinner, and the food was very good in the MDR. I ordered the Orange Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Escargots Bourgignon, the entree of Cracked Pepper Tenderloin with sauteed greens, carmelized pineapple, & green beans, and Black Forest Cake for dessert. A very enjoyable dinner. Our table service has been excellent as well No more than one hour for complete dinner service. Music throughout the ship tonight, as most nights with three primary groups who rotate among the lounges. It was a very relaxing day on the MS Rotterdam.
Day Four—Wednesday—April 19—Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala
|San Felipe Fortress Guatemala|
Day Five—Thursday—April 11—Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras
|MS Rotterdam from lagoon bridge|
Day Six—Friday—April 12—Costa Maya, Mexico
|My deck 3 with Mahahual lighthouse in background|
Day Seven—Saturday—April 13—at Sea
|Mariner's Club Luncheon & Captain|
Debarkation—Sunday—April 14—Tampa Florida
Smooth seas overnight and we were docked on time despite leaving Costa Maya late. I went up to the MDR for a very nice breakfast at 7:00 am then returned to the cabin to pack backpack. DW & Friends are picking me up at 10:00 so I just chilled until my color was called. Debark is very smooth on this ship, not that many use self-debark, most wait for luggage color process. Very easy debark and pick up in Tampa and especially this smaller ship.
MS Rotterdam is the lead cruise ship of the Rotterdam class (R class) in the Holland America Line. Built in Italy in 1997, she is the sixth Holland America vessel to bear the name. She is named for SS Rotterdam of 1959, and also named after the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. Rotterdam carries an art collection onboard worth over US$2 million and features fine art and antiques.
Tonnage 61,849 Speed 25 knots (29mph)
Length 780 Beam 106
Capacity 1404 Crew 600
I have cabin 3397 an ocean-view cabin mid-aft on deck three on port side. Also close to elevators, stairway, and outer doors to promenade deck. The room is a standard+ size interior with: key pad safe, hair dryer, makeup mirror, small couch, full chair at vanity/desk, small bath with shower, TV, and good lighting. Very well designed. The air conditioning & water pressure was only average, I wish I brought my personal cabin fan for circulation. Very pleased with location although some door slamming of outer doors on final windy day.
I found the food to be very good, well above average for most cruise lines. Service always above average to exceptional. Plenty of room for tables in both MDR and Lido…you are not hitting or bumping into adjoining chairs or tables.
I really enjoyed this slower paced relaxing cruise. Yes guests are older. I didn’t attend any shows although there were not many offered. I also never purchased a cocktail on the ship…I think that may be a first. Overall the crew & staff were very good. My cabin steward Nopi from Indonesia was very adequate as I always had ice and clean cabin. My MDR waiters were also great. It was a great cruise.