Rotterdam - Netherlands
Rotterdam is one of the major seaports of the world located on the Maas River near The Hague in the south-west Netherlands. It is directly linked with the River Rhine and is the principal centre of overseas trade for the Netherlands and for the industrial Ruhr district of Germany. A deep-water channel known as the New Waterway, opened in 1872, was constructed to allow access to large ocean-going vessels from the North Sea. Chartered in 1328, much of the old city and port of Rotterdam was destroyed by bombing during World War II, and a modern, planned city has since been built. In the city are the famous Boymans-van Beuningen Museum (1847) and the Blijdorp Zoological Garden containing the world's finest collection of birds of paradise. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.