Holland America's fifth Rotterdam was built by Rotterdamsche Droogdok
Mij and was launched by Queen Juliana in September 1958. Like many of
her contemporaries, Rotterdam was designed for two-class transatlantic
service in summer and one-class cruising in the winter. She served in
those roles for the first ten years of her career, after a 3 September
1959 maiden voyage from Rotterdam to New York.
From 1969 on, however, Rotterdam saw cruise service only, with only
occasional positioning crossings of the Atlantic. She cruised for
Holland America (and related companies) until 1997, when she was sold to
Premier Cruise Lines and renamed Rembrandt. Premier failed in September
2000, however, and Rembrandt has not sailed since. As of this writing
(March 2002), she is laid up at Freeport, Bahamas, where she has been
since Premier's collapse, and her future is very much in doubt.