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Cruise ships in Rotterdam
In summer, large passenger cruise ships moor in Rotterdam on a weekly basis. Rotterdam is home of Holland America Line's MS Rotterdam. Also other cruise ships have regular turnarounds in Rotterdam. In 2010, one of the largest cruise ship in the world visited Rotterdam: the Norwegian Epic. The Norwegian Epic has a length of 330 meters and a capacity of 4100 passengers. Also the cruise ship Queen Mary II with a length of 345 m. and Oasis of the Seas (360m) and Harmony of the Seas (362m) have moored in Rotterdam. Rotterdam also has cruise ship that is permanently based here: the historical ss Rotterdam museum cruiser.
Cruise Terminal Rotterdam
The cruise ships moor at the Holland America Quay on Wilhelmina pier. The mix of old and modern architecture on Wilhelmina pier is a big contrast: at the end of the pier you'll see the historic Hotel New York, whereas at the beginning of the pier the largest building in the Netherlands is under construction: de Rotterdam. Foreign passengers marvel at the striking skyscrapers of Rotterdam, while spectators marvel at those huge floating giants...
Turnaround in Rotterdam
The cruise ships arrive at Wilhelminapier and depart from Rotterdam on the same day, after catering and fueling. The passengers on board have a day off in Rotterdam during this turnaround. That is why Rotterdam city is often flooded with Americans in Summer...
It has become a tradition in Rotterdam that upon departure the cruise ship is being waved goodbye by hundreds of spectators. On their turn, the passengers greet the inhabitants of Rotterdam from the ship's deck. The cruise ships make a turn on the Maas river just in front of the Erasmus Bridge and the captain salutes by sounding the ship's horn, which can be heard in the heart of Rotterdam. A great location for taking pictures...
During the cruise ship turnaround, the Holland-America Quay itself is closed for security reasons. You have the best view from Wilhelminakade just in front of Hotel New York. When larger cruise ships are moored, Wilhelminakade will be full thought. In that case, from Willemskade (Spido harbour tours and the World Arts Museum) you have an excellent view as well. Check out the calendar on our home page for the exact arrival dates of all cruise ships.
In 2016, over 30 cruise calls of Holland America Line, Aida, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC, Phoenix Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Windstar, Transocean Tours, Polar Cruises and Princess Cruises are scheduled in Rotterdam. Nearly every weekend from May till September an arrival and a departure of MS Rotterdam will take place and the AIDAprima departs from Rotterdam also in winter! In April, October and November cruise calls are less frequent. Please Check our Event Calendar for precise Cruise Ship arrival and departure information.
|7.1.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|7.4.2016||MS Rotterdam||08:00 - 17:00|
|15.4.2016||Ovation of the Seas||10:00 - 17:00|
|19/20.4.2016||AIDAprima||12:00 - 06:00|
|23.4.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|29.4.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 18:00|
|3.5.2016||MS Zuiderdam||07:00 - 17:00|
|5/6.5.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|7.5.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|12/13.5.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|14.5.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|19/20.5.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|19/20.5.2016||MS Koningsdam||14:00 - 19:00|
|21.5.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|23.5.2016||Minerva||08:00 - 21:00|
|24.5.2016||Harmony of the Seas||07:00 - 18:00|
|26/27.5.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|2/3.6.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|4.6.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|9/10.6.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|11.6.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|16/17.6.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|18.6.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|23/24.6.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|25.6.2016||Sea Princess||07:00 - 20:00|
|30.6/1.7.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|2.7.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|7/8.7.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|14/15.7.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|21/22.7.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|28/29.7.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|4/5.8.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|6/7.8.2016||MS Rotterdam||07:00 - 16:00|
|6.8.2016||Nautica||08:00 - 20:00|
|7.8.2016||Insignia||12:00 - 20:00|
|11/12.8.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|12.8.2016||Astor||07:00 - 14:00|
|18/19.8.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|25/26.8.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|1/2.9.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|6.9.2016||Caribbean Princess||12:00 - 22:00|
|8/9.9.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|15/16.9.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|22/23.9.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|29/30.9.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|1.10.2016||Norwegian Star||08:00 - 18:00|
|6/7.10.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|13/14.10.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|18.10.2016||Corinthian||06:00 - 21:00|
|20/21.10.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|27/28.10.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|3/4.11.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|10/11.11.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|17/18.11.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|24/25.11.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|1/2.12.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|8/9.12.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|15/16.12.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|22/23.12.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
|29/30.12.2016||AIDAprima||08:00 - 06:00|
The Cruise Ship Terminal is located on Wilhelminapier at Wilhelminakade 699 near the Erasmus Bridge and the New Luxor Theatre. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by metro (stop Wilhelminaplein) or tram 20 or 25 and walk from there. Travel in style by Watertaxi, which stops just in front of Hotel New York. Plan your trip at www.9292.nl. It's free of charge. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.
Pay to park your car in the World Port Center parking, in the Q-Park underneath the Maas Tower, or in the surrounding streets, but you'll have to pay to park within Rotterdam city centre until 11 pm by EC card or creditcard. Please refer to our page about parking in Rotterdam. You can also get there by crossing the brand new Rijnhavenbrug pedestrian bridge from Katendrecht, the peninsula where museum steamer ss Rotterdam is moored.
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