The magnificent Holland America Line flagship ROTTERDAM of 1959 photographed in Cape Town in January 1970 while on her world cruise.
The ROTTERDAM had a long career under Holland America until 1997 when she was sold to Premier Cruises and renamed REMBRANDT. The second career was a short one as by September 2000 Premier Cruises went bankrupt and the REMBRANDT was laid up in Freeport, Bahamas.
The old former ROTTERDAM was lucky, however, as the City of Rotterdam and local interests rescued her and following several years of refits the ROTTERDAM has just opened her doors again in her former home port of Rotterdam, as hotel ship and tourist's attraction.
Texto / Text by LM Correia. Image copyright Trevor Jones (Durban). For other posts and images, check our archive at the right column of the main page. Click on the photos to see them enlarged. Thanks for your visit and comments. Luís Miguel Correia