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Holland America Lines
Holland America has a been recognized as a leader in the cruise industry for the last 135 years, they have an extensive fleet of fine cruise ships and itineraries all over the world.
Holland America has also recently committed to a $525 million “Signature of Excellence” commitment – they are committed to making your cruise experience the best. They have over 500 sailings every year and they visit all seven continents. They also feature unique voyages to the Amazon, Antarctica, and extended Grand Voyages. They have earned one of the highest rates of repeat guests in the industry.
Holland America is also ISO 14001 certified and have been certified since June 2006. Holland America is working on expanding its line and will be adding the ms Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010.
- ms Amsterdam - The ms Amsterdam is the third ship to bear the name of the Dutch capital in Holland America's illustrious 135-year history. At the heart of the Amsterdam you'll see the Planeto Astrolabium where you can track constellations, planets, world time, and ship's time. While on board, you can attend free workshops with "techsperts" who will show you how to take better pictures, make movies, and create scrapbooks using various Microsoft applications. All you need is a camera and friends to send your vacation pictures to...let the experts help you with the rest.
Visit the culinary arts center, a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen where you'll enjoy gourmet presentations, tasting events, and intimate cooking classes.
Looking for entertainment? Visit the Queen's show lounge where you'll enjoy acts showcasing vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians, and variety acts.
Want to get some exercise? In addition to a gym and aerobics area, the ms Amsterdam features a practice tennis court and a basketball court.
From the Crow's Nest, you'll get a 270-degree view around the ship!
Have kids? Bring them along too! Club HAL is for children ages 3 to 12, and The Loft and The Oasis for children aged 13-17.
Expect a medium-size ship experience aboard the ms Amsterdam. The ship has a capacity of 1,380 passengers and a crew of 615 to serve you. You can stay in staterooms ranging from interior staterooms (182 sq. ft.) to Penthouse Verandah Suites (1,159 sq ft.).
- ms Eurodam - The ms Eurodam had its maiden voyage in July 2008 and has been sailing onward since! This sophisticated, 11-deck, mid-size ship will provide guests with a cruise experience that's just right. Onboard you'll find a new Pan-Asian restaurant, as well as a lounge surrounded by Panoramic views, a new atrium bar area, and so much more. This floating oasis also has top of the line navigation and safety systems. Just like the Amsterdam, the Eurodam features the Digital Workshop powered by Windows. You can tell people about your cruise even before you get back home! As you would expect, the ms Eurodam also has an exquisite art collection based on the theme "The Dutch Golden Age - An Inexhaustible Tradition." You'll see many fine works of art in this exhibit.
Exclusive to the ms Eurodam are the following: Tamarind Pan-Asian Restaurant, Cabanas, The Retreat - Your own private oasis away from everything else, and Spa Suites and Staterooms - for relaxation, privacy and serenity. These exclusive staterooms are only on the Panorama and Observation decks.
The ms Eurodam (as well as all other Holland America Line ships) features Club HAL for young cruisers (age 3-12) and The Loft (age 13-17).
Mix and mingle with a total of 2,104 passengers and 929 crew members. Choose from a range of staterooms ranging from interior staterooms to expansive and exclusive suites, or go all out and book a spa suite.
- ms Maasdam - The ms Maasdam is a small-to-midsize ship that focuses more on providing guests with more space to move about - this setup provides for maximum comfort for all guests. Each suite on the Maasdam has a private verandah. The ms Maasdam is the fifth ship in Holland America Line's 135-year history to bear that name.
The interior motif pays homage to the historical Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th through the 19th centuries - the centerpiece of the elegant ship is Luciano Vistosi's "Totem" - a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass, prominently displayed in a soaring three-story atrium. That's not all though! You'll also find two abstract murals onboard that have been painted especially for the Rotterdam Dining Room as well as a collection of iron teapots and a charcoal brazier from Japan, which date from the end of the Edo period.
If you're patient, you can enjoy an unforgettable cruise, sailing on the ms Maasdam in 2009-2010 as she travels the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Canada & New England, and Europe.
Sailing aboard the Maasdam will be an intimate experience with 1,258 fellow passengers and 580 crew. You'll also find basketball and tennis courts onboard.
- ms Nieuw Amsterdam - You'll have to wait until 2010 to see this 86,000 ton that will be both beauty and beast. The interior design will reflect the glamor and history of New York City (which was previously called Nieuw Amsterdam). This ship will also have the Tamarind pan-Asian restaurant as well as the Silk Den lounge surrounded by panoramic views overlooking the ocean and the Lido pool. There will also be an Explorer's Lounge Bar, a premium wine-tasting lounge, an elegant luxury jewelry boutique, and so many more features.
As past cruisers on Holland America Line would expect, the Nieuw Amsterdam will also have outside-view glass elevators at midship, the Explorations Cafe (a cyber-coffee house powered by the NYT, various restaurants and bars, an expanded Greenhouse Spa and Salon with thermal suites and hydro-pool, the largest gymnasium ever built for Holland America Line. If you're bringing your teens along, don't worry about them - they'll be occupied at the teens-only Loft. Want to eat together as a family? Visit Canaletto's Italian Restaurant for family-style dining.
- ms Noordam - The Noordam was launched in 2006 - that makes it the newest member of Holland America's Vista-class ships. Translated, Noordam means "Northern compass point." Onboard you can expect nothing but the best in accommodation and decorations.
There is an oil painting of the city of Utrecht painted in 1842, and you'll also come across contemporary art like the series of photographs of music greats like Dizzy Gillespie and BB King. You'll also see one of the most valuable pieces of furniture on board the ship - a spectacular chest with inlaid ebony and precious stones. If you're technologically inclined, you can enjoy an onboard IPod self-guided tour of the complete ms Noordam art collection.
Looking for the finest in modern comforts and conveniences? Worry not! The ms Noordam has all the amenities and modern comforts and enhancements that you would look for on a cruise ship. You can experience romantic Europe sailings in 2009 and 2010.
The Noordam's passenger capacity totals 1,918 and there are 800 crew members aboard to make sure that your vacation experience is a positive one.
- ms Oosterdam - The ms Oosterdam was officially christened in 2003 by Her Dutch Royal Highness, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, and is the second in Holland America's series of Vista-class ships. The ship's Azipod propulsion system maximizes the ship's maneuverability. Consistent with Holland America Line's 135-year history of sailing around the world, the ms Oosterdam features a stunning Waterford crystal globe, prominently displayed in a three-story atrium.
Previous Holland America Line guests will recognize signature Holland America touches - a warm palette of colors accentuating an extensive use of crystal, marble, inlaid woods and brass, lovely flower arrangements, priceless artwork and antiques and a full wraparound teak promenade deck with padded deck chairs.
The ms Oosterdam has a passenger capacity of 1,916 and carries a crew of 817 so there will be plenty of people for you to meet! Join your Holland America friends aboard the ms Oosterdam in 2009-2010 on fantastic voyages to the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal, and Europe.
- ms Prinsendam - The Prinsendam offers cruises to those looking for a very intimate and exclusive experience. You can reach and explore remote corners of the world in elegance and style. The Prinsendam has a total passenger capacity of 793, so you'll get to know everyone onboard! You'll enjoy the feel of a yacht but have the space of a contemporary cruise ship. Most of the ship's staterooms have stupendous commanding ocean views and many of the rooms have private verandahs.
A special signature sculpture dominates the three-story atrium featuring etched fish, turtles and dolphins climbing a stunning cylinder of Bolle glass and lit with state-of-the-art fiber optics. You'll also find other examples of fine art such as an abstract marble sculpture of a Viking ship by the contemporary Norwegian artist Nicholas Widerberg, a series of paintings by impressionist painter Neil Pinkett, a fantastic collection of Roman Amphorae from AD 50-150. There are so many things to see on board!
Set sail with the Prinsendam for a Grand World Voyage and circumnavigate South America and/or Africa, you can visit the iconic cities of Europe or indulge in the tranquility of the Caribbean.
- ms Rotterdam - This is the sixth ship to bear the name, the ms Rotterdam. The first ms Rotterdam set sail in 1872, and the tradition of elegance and style that started then continues on with the ms Rotterdam VI. You'll find art, antiques, and memorabilia aboard. Onboard the ms Rotterdam, you'll find an excellent collection of remarkable clocks and timepieces. The highlight is a beautiful 18th century ship model carved from bone.
Onboard the ms Rotterdam you'll enjoy fine dining at the La Fontaine Dining Room - enjoy impeccable service, and extensive wine list. The five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian, and low-carb options. You can also dine at the Pinnacle Grill, an intimate, reservations-only venue. Here you'll find premium Sterling Silver Beef, inspired seafood dishes and man select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware, and Frette linens.
This mid-size ship has a passenger capacity of 1,316 and a crew of 600, meaning that you'll have a truly intimate experience.
- ms Ryndam - The ms Ryndam is designed to carry fewer guests than you would expect. Many of the Ryndam's staterooms feature stunning ocean views and have private verandahs. The Ryndam has a Dutch worldwide exploration theme and its decor is reflective of that. You'll see many art pieces and artifacts from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. One of the ship's more unusual pieces is a 17th Century found on the floor of the North Sea. If you're into more contemporary art, you'll find a monumental fountain located in the three-story atrium of the ship, created by sculptor Gilbert Lebirge in Pietrasanta, Italy. There is a string quartet in the resplendent Rotterdam dining room.
2009 and 2010 sailings include the Panama Canal, Caribbean, and Mexico. Also, if you're interested in seeing Alaska's Inside Passage, take a look at the Ryndam Alaska cruise itineraries.
The ship's passenger capacity is 1,270 and the ms Ryndam carries a crew of 580.
Interior Staterooms feature deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, premium massage showerheads, fragrant soaps, shampoos, lotions, and other beauty products from Elemis Aromapure. You can also get a fresh fruit basket on request.
Oceanview Staterooms feature two lower beds that can be combined into 1 queen-size bed, and a bathtub in addition to a shower. You'll also get a flat panel TV and DVD player as well as ice service, shoeshine service, and nightly turndown service.
Verandahs (rooms with a balcony) feature everything an oceanview stateroom does, but also include a whirlpool bath, sitting area (with sofa), mini-bar, refrigerator, and floor-to-ceiling windows. These rooms are approximately 292 square feet. You'll also have a variety of pillows to choose from, personalized cruise stationery, oversized bath towels, fresh flowers, and a complimentary DVD library. What more could you ask for?
Suites - welcome to the suite life! Look at all that's included in a suite: two lower beds convertible to a king bed, large sitting area, dressing room, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, complimentary laundry, pressing, and dry cleaning throughout the cruise, premium bedding and slippers, corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, hors d'oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise, a cocktail party with ship officers, priority boarding for tender ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, exclusive daily breakfast and high tea service on request, a special Suite guest lunch event on cruises over 7 days in length, and access to the Neptune lounge.
- ms Statendam - This is the fifth ship in Holland America's rich 130-year history. Just like the Ryndam, the Statendam is a smaller ship that is designed to carry fewer guests while offering more space for maximum comfort. Onboard, you'll find more than $2 million in art and artifacts beautifully laid out throughout the ship. The Van Gogh Theater is a work of art in itself, commemorating Vincent Van Gogh's timeless paintings "The Starry Night" and "Irises." The three-story atrium at the center of the ship features an exquisite 26-foot high "Fountain of the Siren" sculpture. 2009-2010 sailings include Alaska's Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, you can also Explore the Caribbean, sail across the Panama Canal, or cruise Mexico.
You can also visit the Van Gogh Show Lounge where you'll see talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians, and variety acts. You can also stop by the Crow's Nest, where you can enjoy a sweeping 270-degree view during the day, and let your hips sway at a hip and fashionable nightclub each evening.
The ms Statendam's passenger capacity is 1,258 and it carries a crew of 580. The ship's gross tonnage 55,819 and was dedicated by Mrs. Lin Arison.
- ms Veendam - The ms Veendam was recently enhanced and offers an experience defined by the latest Signature of Excellence features and amenities. All stateroom furnishings have been updated and you'll also find new venues onboard. Stop by "The Mix" for special drinks - you'll find mid-day mimosas or anytime celebrations at "Champagne." Grey Goose cocktails and martini flights are available at "Martinis." Finally, you'll find microbrews, single malts, and sports updates at "Spirits & Ales." Lanai staterooms aboard the Veendam offer a private entrance onto the classic teak Promenade Deck.
The Veendam is slightly larger than the ms Statendam or ms Ryndam and has a total passenger capacity of 1,350, and carries a crew of 580. The ship was dedicated by actress Debbie Reynolds.
- ms Volendam - The ms Volendam takes you away to a garden paradise. All through the ship you'll see an artful floral motif in the form of floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of tropical floral arrangements and chrysanthemums.
If you're looking for art aboard the ship, you'll find some incredibly elegant art pieces on the Volendam. There are pre-Columbian fetishes, sculptures, Renaissance-era fountains, and other fine works of art are located in the ship's hallway galleries. The central three-story atrium features an elegant sculpture by Luciano Vistosi, it is a stunning presentation of moods and colors, and greets guests aboard the ship in a most excellent manner.
The Rotterdam dining room features an extensive wine list and five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian, and low-carb options. You'll also have a very intimate experience here - the ship's total passenger capacity is 1,432 and there is a total of 615 crew. The Volendam also features Penthouse Verandah Suites. If you're in the mood for sports, there is a practice tennis court, as well as a basketball court on the sports deck.
- ms Westerdam - The ms Westerdam is Holland America's third Vista-class ship and has the features to fit the description! Most of the ship's staterooms have ocean views and many have private verandahs. The Westerdam's art collection shows its Dutch heritage in the New World.
As such, it has varying themes to its artwork and offers something for everyone. You can marvel at Henry Hudson's Half Moon, or be awed by a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway. If carving interests you, you can study a bone tobacco pipe carved in the shape of a woman's head, or even a collection of 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian carved limestone figures from Ecuador. If you're looking for something more contemporary, look for the Andy Warhol portrait, or look for signature sculptures by Sedona artist Susanna Holt.
The Westerdam has the same features as all other Vista-class ships: The Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows, The Culinary Arts Center presented by Food and Wine magazine, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, Vista Dining Room, Pinnacle Grill, Lido Restaurant, Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, Vista Show Lounge, Crow's Nest, Club HAL, and The Loft.
The ms Westerdam is one of Holland America Line's larger ships and has a total passenger capacity of 1,916, and carries a crew of 817. It's 936 feet long and has a maximum speed of 24 knots, or 27.6 mph.
The ship also has a full-size fitness center, a half-court for basketball, a volleyball court, and Lido, Hydro, and Sea-View pools.You'll also find therapy rooms and thermal suites on the Lido deck.
- ms Zaandam - The ms Zaandam is a true prize in the mid-size ship category. Many of the ship's staterooms have private verandahs.
This ship's theme is music, and there's plenty of it! Musical artifacts from all genres and ages grace this great vessel. You can see Bill Clinton's saxophone, signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones placed throughout the ship as art. At the heart of this tribute to music is a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found in the streets of The Netherlands.
Cruises aboard the Zaandam in 2009-2010 take you to the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska's Inside Passage and Glacier Bay. The Zaandam offers everything you would expect from a floating oasis. At 781 feet, it's smaller and more intimate than the Westerdam.
- ms Zuiderdam - If you're looking for the first ship in the Vista-class series, stop right here! The Zuiderdam marks Holland America Line's launch of a newer, greater class of ship. The the heart of the Zuiderdam is a Waterford Crystal Seahorse that hangs from the center of the Atrium. There is a painting of Queen Beatrix by Andy Warhol, or you can look at medallions made by Frank Lloyd Wright. If you're into industrial design, there are cast aluminum elevator doors inspired by the art deco work of the New York Chrysler Building. Or, if you love nature, look for a massive floral painting by Charles Ben.
The Zuiderdam's 2009 and 2010 sailings include the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and romantic European itineraries. Don't worry if you're bringing the kids - every Holland America Line ship features Club HAL and The Loft. There's plenty for them to do. With 1,916 passengers and 817 crew, you'll always have someone to meet and talk to.
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