Museum Steamer ss Rotterdam

3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, Rotterdam


ss Rotterdam: Welcome on board!

Steamship ss Rotterdam is a former cruise ship of Holland-America Line (HAL) which has been in use for more than 40 years to transport emigrants between Rotterdam and New York and to carry cruise passengers around the world. Nowadays the majestic ship is open for the public for free and it contains a unique hotel, a restaurant and business facilities as well. The ss Rotterdam often offers live music and there are plenty of activities.

The glory days of ss Rotterdam

Steamship Rotterdam was launched by Queen Juliana with a gala ceremony on 13 September 1958 and started to carry out commercial transport in summer 1959. It was the last great Dutch 'ship of state', employing the finest Dutch craftsmen during its construction. At the time that the Rotterdam was built, the beginning of the end of ocean liners as basic transport was visible on the horizon. The designers kept this in mind and created a revolutionary vessel, a two-class, horizontally divided ship with movable partitions and a unique double staircase that allowed the ship to be converted into a cruise ship in a later stage.

The rise and fall of ss Rotterdam

The steamer had been in use for 10 years with Holland-America Line for transatlantic service between Rotterdam and New York before it was converted into a cruise ship. From 1969 the ship was used on cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska and occasionally on world cruises which were very popular by rich Americans. In 1997 The ss Rotterdam was purchased by Premier Cruise and was renamed to SS Rembrandt, but the company was forced to layup the ship after a sudden financial collapse.

Full restoration of ss Rotterdam

After years of being idle, it was decided to return steamship Rotterdam to its home port Rotterdam and to open the ship as a tourist attraction, hotel and restaurant. After an overhaul project the ship returned to Rotterdam in 2008. At present, the magnificent ss Rotterdam is a museum steamer. You can admire the original art, the machine rooms, the passenger decks, the captain's room and the control bridge. The gift shop offers some trendy Rotterdam-souvenirs. Spend a couple of hours on board and have breakfast, lunch or dinner in one of the bars and restaurants or simply enjoy the beautiful view at the Rotterdam skyline from the passenger decks.

Audio guided tours on board the ss Rotterdam

Join one of the tours and enjoy the beauty of the steamship Rotterdam, including the showpieces of great architects and designers of the post-war reconstruction of the Netherlands. Guided by an audio phone with the directions and naval stories of the shiphosts, you'll follow the tour route at your own pace.

Sea Breeze Deluxe Tour

The Sea Breeze Deluxe Tour guides you to the bow, the bridge and gives you a glimpse of the wheelhouse, the captain's cabin, the rear deck and sports facilities. The authentic ball rooms - if available - are still as impressive as in the glory days. This tour offers an impression of what life was like on board in bygone days.

Way Down Below Tour
If you're interested in propulsion and technical stuff under the water line, the Way Down Below Tour is the right tour for you! Discover the engine rooms, the commanding control panel with all its levers and switches and the generator room.

Rotterdam Complete Tour

If you want to see (nearly) everything the Rotterdam Complete Tour is the one to choose. It includes the Sea breeze Deluxe Tour but it also allows you to dive deep into the belly of the impressive ship and admire the engine rooms, the imposing boiler hold, the authentic radio room and the commanding control panel.

Sandwich Tour
Join the Sea Breeze Deluxe Tour and after that, enjoy a delicious Club Sandwich or a children's menu and two drinks per person. So, join the ss Rotterdam Sandwich Tour and the impressive view on the skyline of Rotterdam is included!

Kids Tour
The ss Rotterdam is also fun for kids! Children do the Sea Breeze Deluxe Tour together with their parents, but their audio phone tells an exciting story especially for kids. During the ss Rotterdam Kids Tour, your kids learn how to make knots and the morse code just like a real sailor!

Technique under the water line Tour
This special tour is for visitors who want to know all about the technique on board. Every second Sunday of the month, you can admire the decks below the waterline, the engine room and the boiler room, which are still nearly completely original. Prior to this tour, you'll get an interesting presentation by ss Rotterdam engineers.

Sightseeing Tours with a guide on the ss Rotterdam

If you prefer a tour with a guide, make a reservation in advance. Personal guide from €100 per tour, excluding the tour rate. Some tour guides are former HAL employees and they will amaze you with exciting stories about the ship. 

Restaurants on board the ss Rotterdam

If you want to have dinner on board, there are a couple of restaurants. The Club Room, Lido, Captains Lounge and the Ocean Bar have been visited by royals, world famous musicians and cosmopolitans in the past and can now be visited by you!

Lido Restaurant ss Rotterdam

The Lido Restaurant on the Promenade Deck has a beautiful view at the quay and the Euromast. Here you can have lunch or dinner, or just have a cup of coffee. On a sunny day, enjoy the view at the skyline of Rotterdam on their huge wooden outdoor terrace. With a cocktail in your hand and your feet in the pool it's time to relax! Find out more about the Lido restaurant...

Captains Lounge
The prominent bar at the posh Captains Lounge on the Main Deck is the place to be on board the ss Rotterdam for a delicious cup of coffee with a sandwich, a high tea, high wine or just have a sip of cold beer with a cheese platter and some hot snacks.

Ocean Bar

If you just want to have some drinks and a snack, the Ocean Bar is the right place. The authentic wave-shaped bar has a ceiling decorated with fish scales. The 50-year-old grand piano in this bar is still in use and the Ocean Bar and the Promenade Deck often offer free live-music as well.

Club Room

Do you want to enjoy a dinner in style, a high tea or a brunch? The Club Room is an intimate restaurant where the atmosphere of the roaring sixties comes back to life, mainly because of the original works of art that are still present. Even the Captain's table is still present in the Club Room. In the open kitchen you can see how your meal is being prepared.

The ss Rotterdam Hotel

If you really want to experience what's it's like to spend the night on board old fashioned cruise ship you can stay in the hotel on the ss Rotterdam. There are several theme rooms that make you feel like you are on a cruise around the world in the 1950s! The cabins are decorated in different themes; you can choose from Original, Bahamas and Manhattan.

Booking a hotel room on the ss Rotterdam

Full accommodation information can be found on, where you can make a hotel reservation or book a package deal to combine your stay on board with a visit to Blijdorp Zoo, the Euromast or a harbour tour with Spido. Most ss Rotterdam package deals also include a dinner in one of the on board restaurants.

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