Ever since I moved to the Netherlands, my Mum has been planning to come down here for a visit. Little did we know that it would take almost two years before she actually did so. She eventually came to the Netherlands this past summer, and she was here for just under a week; and together we explored parts of the country that even I hadn't seen yet.
I'd assumed that we would book a hotel here in the Hague for the duration of her stay, but she wanted something different; and so we ended up staying at the SS Rotterdam.🛳
The SS Rotterdam is a retired ship located at the Rijnhaven port in Rotterdam. It sailed for 41 years until its retirement in 2000, and was converted into a hotel and museum in 2010. It's now also used as a venue for many events such as: weddings, boat parties and conferences, and is also a nice place to enjoy a swim & have a meal or a drink with friends.
I have to admit, though, that when my mum first suggested to me that we stay at the SS Rotterdam I was a bit reluctant. It's very different from the places we've stayed at before, and I thought it was a bit risky to book something that we were unsure of - in case we ended up not liking it. But I'm glad she talked me round to trying it out, because it ended up being one of our best holidays yet! 😃
The cruise ship is colossal! 😮
We tried to tour the whole thing at least twice during our stay, and got lost each time. 😄 Sometimes it even felt like we were walking through a maze! On some of the decks, there's a double staircase, with each staircase leading to a different place. In some cases we even went into one room through one door, and ended up in another room as we were trying to find our way out of the first room.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, though, and were always there to help us find our way back to the deck where the room we were staying in is located. They played a big role in making our time there enjoyable. 😊
During our stay at the SS Rotterdam, we had dinner at one of the ship's restaurants (Lido Bar & Restaurant) once, but had most of our meals in Rotterdam city centre, which we explored during the day. The easiest way to get to the centre of the city (where all the magic happens, so to speak😜😝) is by a water taxi, which was a real thrill!🛥 It reminded us a lot of our time in Italy, and brought a bit of excitement to our rather calm holiday aboard the ship. 😅
I put together a vlog of our SS Rotterdam holiday, which I hope will give you a clearer picture of what it's like on the cruise ship.
Hope you enjoy it! 😉😊
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