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Holland America Cruise Line Fleet.
Holland America has a modern fleet of 12 ships with plans for additional expansion
in the near future. Its officers are mostly Dutch; the crew hails from Indonesia
and the Philippines.
fleet is not cut from a single pattern, but the ships all share many of the company's
trademarks. Bouquets of fresh flowers, priceless artwork and maritime antiques
can be found throughout the vessels. Each ship features a teak promenade that
completely encircles the vessel.
of the new ships are named for past vessels, including four ships named for the
four points of the compass: Noordam, Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam. The first
Rotterdam was an iron ship that carried 388 passengers and 1500 tons of cargo.
That maiden voyage was such a success that a new company was founded - Netherlands-American
Steam Navigation Company - a name it would function under until 1986 when Holland
America Line was "born".
Maasdam, Ryndam, Veendam, Volendam and Zaandam offer spacious comfort while cruising
the Caribbean, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Europe. All six ships cater to families
and have dedicated considerable space to children's activities. Dining rooms are
spectacular. These ships combine the best of traditional vessels with fancy amenities
reflecting the company's maritime involvement with many different parts of the
world. They carry between 1258 to 1440 passengers and range from 55,451 to 60,906
Gross Registered Tons.
Ms Rotterdam and sister ship, Ms Amsterdam. Designed for longer voyages these
two are larger than the Statendam class and have an additional staircase and elevator
lobby. In addition, the staterooms are more spacious with four inches added to
the ceiling height. Both gracefully combine the classic with state-of- the-art
features. MS Rotterdam carries 1316 passengers and weighs in at 59,652 GRT. The
slightly larger MS Amsterdam carries 1380 passengers and tips the scales at 61,000
than 800 passengers (38,000 GRT), this ship welcomes you aboard for a very special
experience. Forty percent of her generously proportioned staterooms feature private
verandahs. You can sail with her on the 108-day Grand World Voyage, relax with
her in Europe, or cruise down the Amazon River. She is the Elegant Explorer, a
one of a kind.
with the MS Zuiderdam, this class of ship is designed for the future. These ships
offer even more staterooms with private verandahs, more choices in dining ranging
from a casual, culinary courtyard to the intimate, reservations-only restaurant,
and the largest spas in the fleet. They are excellent for multi-generational families
and offer the most activities and facilities for children and teens. These vessels
boast two exterior elevators, a new cabaret style show lounge, expanded spa facilities,
three pools, two coffee shops, internet/email data ports in all staterooms, a
dedicated disco as well as the signature Crow's Nest observation lounge/nightclub,
and benefit from the increased operating efficiencies of Azipod propulsion (more
speed = linger in port a bit longer).
Zuiderdam is joined by the Oosterdam, Westerdam, and in 2005, the new MS Noordam,
thus completing the four points of the compass. Each sister can accommodate 1848
guests and weighs in at 85,000 GRT, making them the largest ships in the Holland