She was built in Rotterdam, Holland by Rotterdamsche D.D. Maats. for the Holland America Line (Holland-Amerika Lijn B.V.) and she entered service as their flagship Rotterdam. She was designed as a world class passenger ship and was well appointed throughout. 6 steam turbine engines were geared through reduction gearboxes to two shafts. The engines produced up to 38,500 horsepower and were capable of pushing the 748'8" x 94'0" x 54'9" ship along at speeds in excess of 21 knots.
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On December 2nd, 1996 Rotterdam departed Melbourne, Australia on her Grand World Voyage and she eventually ended up at Vancouver, British Columbia. She then spent the summer months on 7 day Alaska cruises and finally called at Vancouver early in September. On September 12th, she departed Vancouver on her "Gran Finale Voyage" and arrived at Port Everglades, Florida on the 30th. Upon arrival there she was retired by Holland America Line and offered up for sale.
It was no great surprise that a ship so well maintained did not last long on the "for sale" market. Shortly after retiring Cruise Holdings - the owners of Premier, Dolphin ans Seawind Cruise Lines, purcashed the Rotterdam, renamed her Rembrandt and put her back to work in the Mediterranean by the summer of 1997. When this picture was added to the archives in November of 2002 she was still operational as Rembrandt under the flag of the Bahamas.
Information courtesy Marine News - The World Ship Society
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