SS Rotterdam

SS Rotterdam: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rotterdam: Harbour Boat Tour

1. Rotterdam: Harbour Boat Tour

Embark on a round-trip city cruise of Rotterdam to see one of the world's most innovative ports in the world. See the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships, listen to informative commentary via an audio guide, and admire the city's impressive skyline as its imposing buildings glide by. Start your boat tour from Willemsplein. Get a unique perspective of the harbor's shipyards, docks, and the hypermodern transshipping of thousands of containers. On the way back, soak in views of the steamship 'Rotterdam', the former cruise flagship of shipping company Holland America Line.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

2. 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: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

3. 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: Guided Maas River Cruise

4. 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: Steamship Rotterdam Audio Tour Entry Ticket

5. 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: City Card with Public Transport Pass

6. 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 healthy breakfast at Baker & Moore 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: Private Maas River Speedboat Cruise

7. Rotterdam: Private Maas River Speedboat Cruise

Embark on a thrilling experience and explore Rotterdam in the most unique way aboard a speedboat traveling up to 90 km/h over the Maas River. Feel the adrenaline rushing through your body while you see and learn about the city’s famous water-side highlights. Start your thrilling river adventure in the city center of Rotterdam and marvel at impressive highlights like the Erasmus bridge and the Euromast Tower. After, head into the big river where, on a lucky day, the RIB boat will cruise along the huge containerships that visit Rotterdam on a daily basis. Sail up to the city of Vlaardingen and see, among other things, the vastness of the 'Waalhaven', the village of Pernis after which the Shell refinery is named. Continue to the Wilton Harbor with all its offshore activities and of course the city from the Maas with the SS Rotterdam, Erasmus Bridge, and Willemsbrug, The North Island, and Hotel New York. Gaze at all the sights while your knowledgeable captain explains the history and interesting facts about the city, the harbor, and the surrounding attractions. From March 1, 2022, your RIB-Footprint will be compensated by Trees for All.

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What people are saying about SS Rotterdam

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,736 reviews

We enjoyed the historical harbor tour early one day at 10:30 which meant we had calm water and no afternoon wind. The tour is well organized with interesting information about both the past as well as the vital green efforts of the present.

Trip was great, very informative, the boat is very very nice too. Ignore the details on your booking about the meeting point. This was completely wrong and could have meant we missed our booking. Simply look for the Spido boats.

Very enjoyable, able to sit on top decks in the open or below out of the wind. Nice bar for snacks and drinks.

Highly recommend. Very educative and provides a close up of how a major port works.

Nice boat. Friendly staff. Bar and snacks available. Lovely views of the city.