Fine art, fine food, fine pottery: cruise to Rotterdam, the ‘heart of Europe’ .
The Dutch city of Rotterdam (Holland) is a key destination for MSC cruise liners. With Amsterdam just an hour away and the Belgian city of Antwerp also within easy reach, Rotterdam is a great base from which to discover Europe’s heart.
Leave the luxury MSC cruise liner to come ashore and explore; Rotterdam is home to the largest harbour in the world, so it is worth stopping awhile to marvel at the hustle and bustle of the sea trade and shipping traffic, a delight for naval enthusiasts and amazed children. Youngsters and families will also enjoy Rotterdam Zoo and Oceanarium, a major attraction and one of the top visits in the Netherlands.
For a slice of continental life, modern urbanites can head into the city and admire old Dutch masters in Rotterdam’s celebrated art museums or indulge in a spot of shopping around the Beurstraverse (good to note that shops in Rotterdam are open on Sundays, unusual in Europe). As well as fine art, Holland is renowned for its fine porcelain and fine food, notably cheese, specifically Gouda. There are quality holiday souvenirs to be had here, including Delft pottery, glassware and even flower bulbs.
Indeed, the historic city of Delft, home to the popular blue and white pottery of the same name, is easily accessible from Rotterdam and makes for a lovely day off the ship for art lovers or those seeking a smaller, quieter city experience. With a wealth of excursion packages for Rotterdam and its environs, you’ll be spoilt for choice for ways to spend your time onshore. Not only will you enjoy the best deals on outings, our day trips offer a fast, fun introduction to this great city. Just remember to say ‘cheese’!
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