Background photo; Promenade deck on board Rotterdam (V)
The fifth ss Rotterdam, also known as "The Grande Dame", is a former ocean liner and cruise ship of Holland Americe Line.
She was launched by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands in a gala ceremony on 13 September 1958, and was completed the following summer.
The Rotterdam (V) was the last great Dutch "ship of state", employing the finest artisans from the Netherlands in her construction and fitting out process.
Her career spanned forty-one years. She returned to the city of Rotterdam on August 8, 2008 and now in use as museum/hotel ship.
Some ship details; in service 1959 till 2000, length 228 meters, 13 decks, place for 1456 passengers, & number of crew members 776.