What better way to spend the first warm summer evening of the year, than on board a cruise ship?! Thanks to the crab and shrimp sandwiches my husband regularly eats during his lunch break, we were invited to a special party on the SS Rotterdam. The sea fish company that organised the party for it's business associates and regular customers, managed to get itself into the Guinness book of Records, with the biggest display of 'Fruits du Mer'. It was an amazing event! As there was no dresscode (mmmm) I opted for a simple skirt and top, tied a scarf around my waist and finished it off with a cameo I found in an English charity shop.
The atmosphere on board was relaxed. The were people of all ages and layers of society. I could even report some celebrities back to my daughters :-)! There was a drum band on the quay and we were welcomed by the owner of the company. With a delicious glass of prosecco in our hands we managed to find my husbands colleagues, with whom we spent a delightful evening.
The reveal of the 'Fruits du Mer' was a spectacle. Hundreds of balloons were let loose and drifted off to sea. The thousands of shrimps, crab, lobster, oysters and all other kind of sea fruit, a treat. The view from the ship was amazing. On one side of the ship we could see the skyline of our home town. On the other side the old warehouses. I felt so proud of my city!
If you ever go to Rotterdam, don't forget to visit this grand old lady, the SS Rotterdam! It was built in Rotterdam in the 1950s and used for transatlantic crossings between Rotterdam and New York. It has now found a permanent location in Katendrecht, one of Rotterdam's harbour areas.
It has been completely renovated, with eye for style and detail. The interior of the boat is very much the same it was in the 1950s. You can just walk around, have dinner there and even book it as Hotel accommodation! If you are looking for a special place....this is it!!
I hope you enjoy the photo's of the ship and the party just as much as I do!
Happy evening from a still sunny and warm Rotterdam,