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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ageless Ships - Part 3 - Holland America's Rotterdam V

Holland America's Rotterdam V.

Delivered in September 1958, the Rotterdam was originally intended for Transatlantic service, but quickly was quickly redeployed to cruising. The Rotterdam V had a very loyal following and was a favorite among Holland America passengers and enthusiasts. Her twin side-by-side exhaust funnels were unique for the time and somewhat unconventional. The Rotterdam V had a very unique and sweeping bow. To stand in front of the ship and see the very curved upper bow was quite a sight.

The Rotterdam V sailed 7 day Nassau cruises from New York and also undertook a yearly World Cruise.

Eventually the Rotterdam was sold to Premier Cruises and renamed Rembrandt. She initially started in the Mediterranean due to terms specified in her sale contract. Later she was later deployed to the US. When Premier went bankrupt, the Rembrandt was sold to developers who had the ship extensively refurbished and permanent docked in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The ship's name was reverted back to her original name of Rotterdam and is currently operating as a hotel and entertainment center.

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