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SS Rotterdam Brochures - Page One
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PLEASE NOTE: This Eight Page SS Rotterdam V Feature has been completely updated as well had five brand new pages added. However, I wish to announce that this feature is in reality a new work is also my very last ever work that I will do for ssmaritime or for any other of my sites. I have done so for reasons that may be well known to many of my regular readers. Therefore, I have now fully retired and will sit back and I am joyful with what I have achieved and I trust that you will enjoy reading the well over 620 classic liners, and other ships that are online! Thank you for your wonderful support I has been greatly appreciated!
Maritime Historian & Founder of the “Save The Classic Liners Campaign.
And the “Save The SS Rotterdam Campaign.”
Page Four features two remarkable brochures both were released in 1959. However, please note that all brochure images on this page are owned and copyrighted © Reuben Goossens - ssmaritime.com 2014, and they must not be copied for any purpose whatsoever, be it for personal reasons or to be placed online, etc, unless written permission has been sought!
The First Brochure is an advance production whilst the
I obtained this superb pre completion edition from what is the best maritime memorabilia source that I know, being Nautiques.net, for I have been dealing with Nautiques for many years and managed to locate countless rare items many that are featured online! But best still, these have been made available at amazingly inexpensive prices! Therefore, if you are looking for that something special why not visit www.nautiques.net or email Mr. Don Leavitt direct at; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Second Brochure featured, I obtained in December 1960 when I was working with the GSA of the Royal Dutch Mails in Wellington New Zealand and they also looked after Holland America Line, thus I have had this amazing full colour photographic production in my possession for close to fifty-five years, almost as long as I have been in the Passenger Shipping Industry considering I commenced in May that year! I am surprised it is still in such a reasonable condition, although Photoshop has done some improvements!
1 … Pre Release Brochure – April 1959
The original envelope: The brochure was posted in this envelope to their VIP Passengers and Agent’s in April/May 1959
Front cover: It has a harbour view at the top and then a portside view of the SS Rotterdam
Page 1: This page has a description of the ship as well as the designers white on blue drawing of a bow view of the ship
Page 2: This page shows the famed double level Ritz Carlton as well as a lounge window view
Page 3: Here we see one of the two almost identical Grandiose Dining Rooms
Page 4: This page features the delightful Ocean Bar that offers a great view!
Page 5: This page is all about
Page 6: Covers the leisure areas, such as the indoor swimming pool, the massive aft Lido Deck and the outdoor pool
Back Page: has an ocean view with a very small stern image of
2 … First Comprehensive Photographic Brochure - 1960
excellent brochure was the first full colour photographic brochure produced by
Holland America Line
This excellent brochure was the first full colour photographic brochure produced by Holland America Lineand it contains 14 exciting pages filled with photographs of the ships superb public venues, accommodations, dining, sport and leisure facilities!
The Front Cover featuring the “Grande Dame” herself!
Page 1: This page has a few of the ships specifications as well as a photograph of Commodore of the HAL fleet,
Commodore Coenraad Bouman who is seen on the ships Bridge
Page 2: Featuring several scenes of the grand Main Lounge
Page 3: on this page we only see the delightful Ocean Bar, a room with a splendid view!
Page 4: One of two spectacular golden Dining Rooms is featured here
Page 5: This page shows that the Dining Room had annexes used for festive meals and functions
Page 6: Here we see the Card Room and the beautifully timbered and colourful Smoking Room
Page 7: The excellent and beautifully appointed 601 seat Cinema
Page 8: The delightful Sun Room on Sun Deck, however there is also the famed Sky Room directly above on Bridge Deck!
Page 9: On this page we see the famed Café de la Paix and the elegant Ambassador Room
Page 10: Far aft is the most beautiful Lounge on SS Rotterdam the multi-level Ritz Carlton Lounge
Page 11: This is the Suite and Cabin page
Pages 12 & 13: These pages cover the various leisure and sports
activities on the
Page 14: The last page is what a genuine Ocean Voyage is all about, relaxing on a great Liner!
This is the cover of a threefold brochure of
This is the cover of a threefold brochure of
The SS Rotterdam seen at
Photograph by & © Lt. Emershan Booysens (
SS Rotterdam INDEX:
Part One: Construction & her Maiden Voyage Sep 3, 1959.
Part Two: Her Grey Hull days - Sep 1959 to 1971.
Part Three: Her HAL days & Premier Cruises days - 1972 to 2000.
Part Four: Brochure - Page One - This Page.
Part Five: Brochure - Page Two.
: Deck Plans, 1959 First & Tourist & a later One Class Cruise Plan.
Part Seven: SS Rotterdam 1959 Specifications & Engine Room photos by Klaas Krijnen.
Part Eight: Saving
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