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Conference venue: SS Rotterdam

Conference venue: SS Rotterdam

The venue for Hydro12 is SS Rotterdam: who can think of a better conference accommodation for an event like Hydro12 than a cruise ship? She has a great history and at the same time she is equipped with modern comfort to accommodate the seminar sessions, the trade show and of course: your stay. The rooms are to standards we expect in the 21st century.

The SS Rotterdam is a very convenient conference place as it caters for everything the conference needs. Also for your comfortable hotel accommodation. Once checked in, you will be at home for the whole conference. Of course, you can arrange to extend your stay before or after Hydro12.

Hydro12 delegates can book a room at special rates:

A Superior Room is available for €145, Comfort Rooms for €125/night, including breakfast, excluding Citytax.

To book a room, e-mail your details to or call +31 10 2973097, and mention the booking code CHR-GF4795.


3e Katendrechtsehoofd 25
3072 AM Rotterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)10 – 288 66 66

English: Holland-America Line card with the SS...

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SS Rotterdam is 228m long, 28m wide and 41m high. She was the flagship of the Holland America Line. The Dutch Queen Juliana van Oranje Nassau named the cruise liner, called Rotterdam, in 13 September 1958. Thousands of people were watching the vessel as they could not believe the revolutionary design for that time. From 1959 she took many people from Rotterdam over the Atlantic Ocean to the United States of America. In those years, it was not always a pleasant journey. The first cruise, with 1,200 passengers – Crown Princess and the current Queen of the Netherlands Beatrix being one of them – , headed the bow to New York. Since those years, the ship was used for cruises all over the world in all luxury but also the option to divide the ship in two classes made her useful as a means of transport to cross the ocean. In the ’90s, maintenance appeared to be too expensive and the Rotterdam was taken out of service after a short ownership by Premier Cruises who named her Rembrandt.

In 2005, the charity Behoud Stoomschip Rotterdam took ownership and brought her back to Rotterdam and renovated the cruise ship to a conference centre, hotel and restaurants. In 2008, she found her place in Katendrecht where she has a new service in glory!


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