We arrived in Rotterdam the day before embarkation, and stayed in the Nhow Hotel which is located in the “De Rotterdam” building designed by architect Rem Koolhaas, next door to the cruise terminal. You cannot beat its location… The hotel is very industrial-looking (concrete and steel), with a very good breakfast buffet that is different from anything you might have seen in any other hotel.
In the morning before embarkation, we rented a car and visited the windmills at Kinderdijk: a system of 19 windmills of the 19th century; this is a Unesco classified site since it is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands.
Then it was back to the NHOW hotel to pick up our luggage and walk the 50 meters that separate the hotel from the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal. Since it was already after 3pm, there were no lines and check-in was very quick (out info and photos were already in the system from our previous HAL cruise).
Sail away was great: dutch traditional band playing dockside, lots of people waving from shore, and the touching moment of horn salutations exchanged between our sailing Rotterdam VI and the docked Rotterdam V.
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