ms Rotterdam

ms Rotterdam

Ship Facts

The Netherlands
61,849 grt
780 feet
25 knots
December 1997
HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

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Sep 2016

Fall is in Full Swing and So Are Our Canada & New England Cruises

Submitted by: HAL Destinations Team

A statue of Paul Revere awaits at Boston Common.
A statue of Paul Revere awaits at Boston Common.

With the official start of fall kicking off this week, our Canada/New England cruise season is sparkling as vividly as the red, golden and green hues of the changing leaves. If you’re looking to explore the east coast of North America this fall, we still have some cruises in October. But now is a great time to start planning your 2017 adventure to this charming and pretty part of the world. Beginning next April, Veendam starts cruising in Canada/New England on a series of itineraries between Boston and Montreal. Boston is the perfect homeport, offering history, culture, shopping, numerous sites and delicious cuisine. The article below written for Holland America Line shows why a cruise that sails to/from or calls at Boston should be on your radar. BOSTON: PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY CITY BLENDS HISTORY AND INDIE STYLE LIKE NOWHERE ELSE Boston is meant for strolling. The very names of the streets — Commonwealth, Newbury, Hanover — conjure images of 19th-century pleasures, a genteel time of pausing to appreciate a Victorian, browsing in a tiny shop, and naturally, stopping for a brew. Of course, the city’s story reaches back quite a bit farther, before the Revolutionary War, and there is perhaps no place in America that offers such a singular mix of history and urban charm. I’ve always felt that being in Boston is like parachuting into an open-air historical museum — the cobblestones, the plaques, the red brick — but it’s also a human-scale city that now boasts a craft and artisanal vibe in its entirely walkable neighborhoods. It’s a city all about independence, and now it has an au courant indie feel. Select Oyster Bar For example, I love the name of one of the city’s newest seafood joints, Select Oyster Bar, because to me it epitomizes what’s so great about Boston — it’s highly curated, indigenous, select. Located in the tree-lined Back Bay, one of Boston’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Select has chef Michael Serpa serving up such delicacies as hamachi crudo, white anchovies, and the bouillabaisse select, but newcomers will not want to pass up the house specialty — the […]

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