Silversea Luxury Cruises A Rotterdam

Bustling Rotterdam symbolizes the heart, courage and industry of the Dutch people. The city, a tribute to modern Dutch architecture and engineering, was almost destroyed in 1940 but has regained its position as one of the world’s largest ports. From the 14th to the 17th centuries, Rotterdam’s progress was more or less uninterrupted, and Dutch trade as well as colonizing expeditions to the East used the port as a base. With railroads coming to Rotterdam in the 18th and 19th centuries, the port expanded even more and transit trade grew. View more

After 1940, nearly the entire city was rebuilt and since then more wealth has flowed in, largely as a result of Rotterdam’s growing petrochemicals industry and the trade through its huge port. Today, Rotterdam has the distinction as one of the few really modern cities in the Netherlands and as the country’s major transportation hub. History can be found at ancient Delfshaven in Rotterdam’s western district. Once a port in its own right, it was from here that the Speedwell left in 1620, carrying the small group of English Separatists, known later as the Pilgrims, to the New World. By contrast, modern architecture is represented in the city center where an intriguing series of cube-shaped dwellings balance on a tall stem. For art lovers there is no lack of outstanding art collections to be found in a number of fine museums, and philosophers recall Rotterdam as the city of Erasmus. Popular sights around town center can be explored on foot, while The Hague, Delft, historic Gouda and Amsterdam are just short drives away. A harbor cruise ranks high on the list of must-dos for most visitors to Rotterdam. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at the Cruise Terminal located at the Holland America Quay. The city center (main street Coolsingle, site of the City Hall and Post Office) are a 15-20 minute drive from the port. Taxis are generally available at the pier. Shopping Rotterdam is touted as one of most sophisticated cities in this part of the world, and its shops reflect the city’s cosmopolitan outlook. In addition to typical Dutch handicrafts, you will find here designer clothing, jewelry, furniture and art. The main shopping areas include Lijnbaan, Binnenwegplain, Witte de Wittsraat and Oldebarneveltplaats. The local currency is the euro. Cuisine As a bustling, cosmopolitan city, Rotterdam offers a wide range of dining possibilities, from inexpensive food at roadside eateries to haute cuisine at elegant restaurants. Dutch delicatessens abound and there are numerous establishments that serve Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, African and Italian food. A special treat could be a luncheon at the new Euromast Brasserie, 300 feet above the ground with a 360 degree view of the world’s largest port and Rotterdam’s intriguing skyline (reservations required). Other Sites Prince Henry Maritime Museum Located at the head of the quay, the museum features exhibits devoted to the history and activity of the great port. Moored adjacent to the museum is the 19th-century Royal Dutch Navy warship De Buffel . Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Housed in a stunning building, the museum’s greatest attraction is the collection of old masters. View such treasures as Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s Tower of Babel to Peter Paul Rubens’ Nereid and Triton . The modern art section has a broad range, from Warhol and beyond, covering the period from 1850 to the present. In the museum café, you can see a fantastic collection of chairs, each by a different designer. Euromast The 605-foot-tall Euromast is one of the city’s most notable tourist attractions. For many years it was the highest building in Rotterdam. From the vantage point of the Euromast observation tower one can enjoy a great panoramic vista of the harbor and the city. New York Hotel At the very tip of Holland America Quay stands the former Holland America Line building, now converted into the New York Hotel. Many of the rooms still retain furnishings as a reminder of a bygone era. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Tour Office on board.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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