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SS Rotterdam: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

1. Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a round trip boat cruise with live commentary and a bar with drinks and snacks. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the open deck. Start your cruise from the Parkhaven under the Euromast. The boat will pass by the Sint Jobshaven, the Waalhaven, and the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, home to Onderzeebootloods. Spot the container ships if you are lucky. See the famous cruise ship SS Rotterdam and the Hotel New York where the Holland America Line used to be housed. Enjoy the skyline of downtown Rotterdam, as you approach one of the most famous city landmarks, the Erasmus bridge.

Rotterdam: Steamship Rotterdam Audio Tour Entry Ticket

2. Rotterdam: Steamship Rotterdam Audio Tour Entry Ticket

Take a journey into the past and roam the decks above and under the water line like the world traveller you are. Expect to be dazzled by the stylish decorated rooms before taking time to unwind on the ship's impressive bow. The Steamship Rotterdam is the biggest oceanliner ever built in the Netherlands. As the former flagship of the Holland-America Line, this ship has sailed many of the world’s seas since 1959. The ship is now moored permanently in the Maashaven in Rotterdam, by Katendrecht. Look across the monumental bow, watch the heavy windlasses, climb up the towering bridge, check out the chart room, the radio room and visit the original captain’s cabin. Explore the glorious past and follow in the footsteps of emigrants and world travellers by taking the Rotterdam Complete Tour, the Seabreeze Deluxe Tour or the Steam and Chrome Tour.

Rotterdam: Guided Maas River Cruise

3. Rotterdam: Guided Maas River Cruise

Enjoy a cruise on the Nieuwe Meuse river and admire the sites from the sea. See another side of Rotterdam as you marvel at the Kop van Zuid, the White House, and many more. After meeting with your guide at the pier, board your boat for a cruise on the Nieuwe Meuse river. This experience will see you pass along all of the highlights of Rotterdam. Enjoy beautiful views over the impressive skyline and the various ports, as your enthusiastic guide tells you about all the ins and outs of the sailing route throughout your journey. Sail past the famous SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, the Hotel New York, the White House, the Willems Bridge, and the Euromast, as well as other more special places that you should not miss. You can find a cozy inside place inside the salon as you travel, or instead, opt to sit outside on the sun deck. Onboard is a bar where drinks and snacks are available. You also have the option to include a cup of coffee and sweet cake when booking. At the conclusion of your sightseeing experience, you'll return to your tour starting point.

Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

4. Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

Admire Rotterdam’s famous attractions from the water aboard a 1-hour cruise sailing down the Maas River, which includes live commentary and an entrance ticket to the popular Euromast viewing tower. Board the cruise and, as the journey begins, look up to see a unique view of the Euromast. Glide past such renown landmarks like SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, and Hotel New York. Continue down the river an pass by the White House, the Willems Bridge, city’s port, and other impressive buildings decorating the skyline. Listen to the onboard guide as they tell you interesting facts about Rotterdam and what makes the city’s architecture so special. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightsee in Rotterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the cruise, receive your ticket to visit the Euromast. Make your way up glass elevator of the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and enjoy breathing panoramic views from 185 meters up in the air.

Rotterdam: City Card with Public Transport Pass

5. Rotterdam: City Card with Public Transport Pass

Experience Rotterdam's top attractions, tours, bars, and eateries with a 25% to 50% discount with the Rotterdam Welcome Card. Use the included public transport pass to get from one place to another. Highlights:• Save up to 25% on top museums and attractions like the Kunsthal, the Euromast, and Futureland• Take up to 25% off at family-friendly attractions like Rotterdam Zoo, Miniworld, and Midget Golfbaan Parkhaven• Get tasty discounts on all kinds of dining, from towering burgers at Restaurant Hudson, to tasty Mexican streetfood at Jesús Malverde Choose between a 1, 2, or 3-day card, suitable for day trips or a short city break. Once you've exchanged your voucher, head off on your Rotterdam adventures. 

Rotterdam: Cheese and Wine Harbor Cruise

6. Rotterdam: Cheese and Wine Harbor Cruise

Experience a unique wine and cheese cruise through the bustling port of Rotterdam. Witness the hustle and bustle of cargo giants, ferries, cruise ships, and tugboats in their natural habitat. Savor Dutch cheeses and sip on wines as you learn about the history of the city from your audio guide. Set sail from Erasmus Bridge for the perfect way to spend the night in the city. Along the way, see famous landmarks such as the Veerhaven, Parkhaven, Euromast, Schiedam, Waalhaven, the former RDM, Eemhaven, SS Rotterdam, and the Old Hotel New York. Learn more about the history and architecture of Rotterdam from a multilingual audio guide. Savor the flavors of Dutch cheese, served with bread and grapes and washed down with your choice of white, red, or rosé wine.

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What people are saying about SS Rotterdam

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,262 reviews

Be there half an hour before. At the top, the view is good, but you don't hear anything from the guide. Sit down on the right in the direction of travel! That's where you see most of it. Unfortunately, the port with the right things is missing. Otherwise great ride

Seeing the harbor was interesting and educational. One note: The audio track was late relative to our position. It took a little while to realize, but when one feature was mentioned, I realized we had already past that point.

Cruise on a beautiful boat with nice seats at the table. Being able to eat and drink something from the bar while enjoying the beautiful Rotterdam. Accompaniment by an audio guide.

Very cold when you’re on deck but a great way to see Rotterdam in one go and also to make a list whilst on board to see where and what you want to see

Nice experience, but get a hat and scarf if you’re going in the colder months.