In July 2011, I visited the grand Rotterdam, then just recently opened as a museum & hotel, while moored in homeport waters, at Rotterdam. It was a great treat --- the restoration is superb. The ship, built in 1959, sailed for the Holland America Line until 1997, afterward did a stint as the cruise ship Rembrandt and finally was bought by Dutch preservationists. She underwent a long, very costly facelift for her current role. Some reports suggest as much as a staggering $250 million in all. But recent times have been troubled, mostly in the finance department. The 38,000-tonner has beenreportedly for sale. And with that, word came this month that Oman might buy her for use as a "government reception center," a hotel and trade center.
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