I must confess, day 2 in Rotterdam was consumed by all things SS Rotterdam and Holland America Cruise Lines. We had ended Day 1 coming aboard, checking-in, dinner & drinks, and a little wandering through the public rooms before settling down in the cabin. We had a comfortable room: sitting area, desk space, king-size bed, TV with some English language programming, and a really nice curved-glass enclosed shower. We slept well under feather duvets with the porthole windows open to catch the breeze. But we did find the mattress to be hard as a board! This has been a problem that pops up frequently in European hotels. Could it be we’ve grown old, soft and stiff?
We awoke on day 2 to a bright, warm, sunny day. After breakfast on the outside Lido deck, we took the Engine Room Tour and then followed it up with the Bridge Tour and Ship’s Tour. Roger, of course, loved all the mechanical details; I was more interested in the history and design aspects. It was all fascinating!