Rotterdam

Bars, clubs and string of first-rate festivals
The Kunsthal and the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum
One of the largest harbours in the world

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Rotterdam

A melting pot of cultures

Your MSC cruise will lay anchor in the largest port in the world, Rotterdam, is a no-nonsense working-class city lying at the heart of a maze of rivers and artificial waterways that together form the outlet of the rivers Rijn (Rhine) and Maas (Meuse). After devastating damage during World War II, Rotterdam has grown into a vibrant, forceful city dotted with first division cultural attractions.
Your MSC cruise of Northern Europe will give you the opportunity to see that the immense land reclamation work hasn’t obliterated its earthy character though: its tough grittiness is part of its appeal, as are its boisterous bars and clubs.

Amongst the most interesting attractions to enjoy during your vacation in Holland, is Rotterdam’s Kunsthal, the museum of contemporary art, and the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, which has an outstanding art collection including representative works from almost all the most important Dutch painters: both are in the city’s designated culture zone, the Museumpark.

Other interesting sites to visit on an MSC excursion are the Oude Haven, the city’s oldest harbour, ravaged during World War II but sympathetically redeveloped, and Delfs haven, an antique harbour that managed to survive the bombs pretty much intact. Rotterdam also boasts a string of first-rate festivals, including the much-lauded North Sea Jazz Festival and the colourful Summer Carnival.

The postwar period saw the rapid reconstruction of the docks and, when huge container ships and oil tankers made the existing port facilities obsolete, Rotterdammers promptly built an entirely new deep-sea port, the Europoort, jutting out into the North Sea some 25 km to the west of the old town. Completed in 1968, the Europoort is able to welcome the largest ships in the world, amongst which also the MSC cruise ships.

Must see places in Rotterdam

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  • Amsterdam at your own pace

    CITY TOUR

    RTM09

    Amsterdam at your own pace
    • No guide available

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Duration
      6 h

    • AdultsR735Price per person

    • ChildrenR562Price per person

  • Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise

    CITY TOUR

    RTM08

    Amsterdam city tour and canal cruise
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      6 h

    • AdultsR1262Price per person

    • ChildrenR912Price per person

  • Delft & La Hague Highlights

    CITY TOUR

    RTM02

    Delft & La Hague Highlights
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      5 h

    • AdultsR1085Price per person

    • ChildrenR789Price per person

  • Discover the city of Rotterdam

    CITY TOUR

    RTM01

    Discover the city of Rotterdam
    • No guide available

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Duration
      3 h

    • AdultsR859Price per person

    • ChildrenR685Price per person

  • Gouda

    CITY TOUR

    RTM04

    Gouda
    • No guide available

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR859Price per person

    • ChildrenR685Price per person

  • Walking tour in Amsterdam Red Light District

    CITY TOUR

    RTM05

    Walking tour in Amsterdam Red Light District
    • Drink included

    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      5 h

    • AdultsR1209Price per person

    • ChildrenR912Price per person

  • Kinderdijk

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    RTM06

    Kinderdijk
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR965Price per person

    • ChildrenR859Price per person

  • Keukenhof

    NATURAL WONDERS

    RTM07

    Keukenhof
    • No guide available

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Duration
      4 h

    • AdultsR1209Price per person

    • ChildrenR912Price per person

The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Netherlands

The land of the wooden clogs
The land of the wooden clogs

Although almost half of it was once under water, the Netherlands is one of the most urbanized – and densely populated – nations on earth, with a huge amount of interest packed into a relatively small area.

A holiday to the Netherlands will help you understand why it’s a remarkable country, a largely man-made affair, around half of which lies at or below sea level. One-fifth of the Netherlands is made up of… water. Without protection, two-thirds of the country would be regularly flooded.

The lowest point in the Netherlands – at seven metres below sea level – is also Europe’s lowest point. A cruise to the Netherlands means a fertile, pancake-flat landscape gridded with drainage ditches and canals, beneath huge open skies, while the country’s towns and villages are often pristine and unchanged places of gabled townhouses, pretty canals and church spires.

Despite the country’s diminutive dimensions, each town is often a profoundly separate place with its own distinct identity – indeed there’s perhaps nowhere else in the world where you can hear so many different accents, even dialects, in such a small area.

In spring and summer the bulb fields provide bold splashes of colour, and in the west and north the long coastline is marked by mile upon mile of protective dune, backing onto wide stretches of perfect sandy beach.