SS Rotterdam was launched on September 13, 1958, after having been christened by HM Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Thousands came to the event. They knew that this would be a great moment in Dutch maritime history - how could they possibly miss it?
"I name you the Rotterdam," the Queen said, "and wish you a safe journey."
With that, the ship entered the water for the first time. Her Majesty could not have known then that now - 53 years later - the ship would still be with us. The Rotterdam is one of those rare liners that escaped destruction at the hands of the breakers. She now operates as a floating hotel in Rotterdam, which is indeed a most appropriate place for her retirement indeed.