Hi Dan. I am also glad that she has been saved, and I am also following her progress. As you are undoubtedly well aware, she had undergone few alterations during her ocean-going life, unlike our SS Norway. I look forward to visiting her someday... it's an easy hop across the Atlantic for us.
Rotterdam was actually my first ship. Sadly, I wasn't a passenger, but this was back in the days when you could board a ship for a bon voyage party. My grandparents were sailing from New York to Nassau and Freeport. I believe it was 1974 or 1975, so I was about 10 years old. I remember being in awe of the ship's size. I also recall my grandparents' cabin, where the BV party was held. It was an interior cabin, the beds in an L-configuration, and I seem to recall that the walls were a light blue. Yet, I wish I could recall more, or anything, about the public areas. I wonder if I was on her famous stairtower.
My grandparents sailed with another couple, and they all loved the ship and the voyage. My grandmother talked about it for months afterwards. I remember her saying that there was everything on the ship that one could possibly want. She marveled at the movie theatre. "They showed everything but 'The Poseidon Adventure' and 'Jaws,'" she said.
My grandparents are now gone, and one of the items I inherited was their photo album from that trip.
Thank you for letting me reminisce.