Wilhelmina Pier – Cruise Ship Terminal
Cruise vessels tie up right in the heart of the city on Wilhelmina Pier, which is across the Erasmus Bridge from the city centre (by the old Holland America Line headquarters). Smaller ships are able to dock along Boompjes, between the Erasmus and Willems bridges closer to downtown.
Rotterdam is a rather compact city, very walkable and easy to explore. You can choose to stay right next of the cruise terminal, which is a little outside the city centre, or obtain for an accommodation right in the heart of the city near the central train station. Nearest place to stay is Hotel New York (used to be HAL’s headquarters.). Another property nearby is 4 star nhow Rotterdam.
When flying in or out of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport staying near the airport can be very convenient. Several hotels near the airport offer free airport shuttle service. Rotterdam can easily be reached by train. Popular is a trip to the historic city of Delft, which is home to the popular blue and white pottery and fine porcelain.