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msZaandam (2000-present) Built in 2000 as ms Zaandam by Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A., Marghera (
After running successful technical trials in
Essentially she is a slightly larger version
of HAL’s “Statendam (S) class”: series of ships and the
Zaandam, like her sisters, the ms Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Volendam has three design
changes that distinguish her from that earlier class: Her aft swimming pool was
moved from Navigation Deck up one level to Lido Deck, an alternate restaurant,
at the time of her delivery was called the Marco Polo, which later became the
famed Pinnacle Grill, and she has a mid-ship stairwell elevator bank which is
by far superior. Whilst the ms Rotterdam and Amsterdam have a twin-funnel,
side-by-side arrangement, but the Zaandam and Volendam both have a single
funnel, however the stack is of a different and a more modern design than the
“S” class funnels. Whilst the Rotterdam and Amsterdam were
essentially designed for longer, world-wide cruises, the Zaandam and Volendam
were designed for duties in the Caribbean, Alaska but also in Hawaii, the South
Pacific, Australia and around Asia. Her home ports so far have been
The basic layout of Zaandam’s public rooms are the identical to that of ms Volendam, starting the moment as you board this fine ship with the ships stunning three deck high Atrium featuring a giant 22 ft (6.7 m) high Baroque-style Dutch pipe-street organ with mechanical figures “playing” violins, drums as well as horns. The organ “performs” on sea days at 11:00 am and at 12 Noon, then again at 2:00 and 4:00 pm. As you board you will understand why this ship is known as the ship of music, for the Atrium sets the musical theme!
Atrium and the
The Explorers Lounge
Explorations Lounge also features the Café, Library, and Internet Cafe
The artwork and artefacts onboard Zaandam is
worth millions and that also includes the many antiques, paintings, prints and
photography centered around a theme of Dutch and
Holland America Line seafaring exploration and cruise travel. There are a
series of black & white photos of the company’s early liners in most
The Lido Pool seen with the giant sliding magrodome closed
Her main two-story show lounge is named after Dutch abstract painter Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan. The lounge glitters with bright white, gray, and silver decor with somewhat darker furniture providing contrast, the tables feature lamps with miniature musical instruments.
The Mondrian Show Lounge
Far forward and topside is Crow’s Nest offering the finest views over the bow
Close to the Wajang Theatre, there is the wine
tasting bar as well. When Holland America Cruise Line announced a U.S. $225
million program of up-scaling their cruise ships, cruise line image and
passenger cruise experience called for the 'Signature of Excellence program'.
This enhancement program included stateroom amenities (luxury beds and bed
linens upgrades, Euro-style mattresses, waffle-weave bathrobes and Egyptian
cotton towels to all cabin categories), new massage-type showerheads and
professional-grade hair dryers in all bathrooms, new flat-screen LCD
televisions with DVD players, make-up mirrors with halo lightning, fresh
flowers and complimentary fruit baskets in all cabins, a Culinary Arts Center
(inside the Wajang Theatre) presented by Food & Wine magazine, with an
on-stage kitchen for gourmet cooking demonstrations and interactive classes; an
Explorations Café (taking in the Erasmus Library and original internet center
and adding a coffee bar); a Neptune concierge lounge for the exclusive use by
Deluxe Verandah and Penthouse suite occupants; an expanded Greenhouse Spa and
Salon offering thermal suite treatment and an excellent Fitness Center; and the
”Loft” and the “Oasis”, respectively, an interior and
exterior area designed exclusively for teens (ages 13-17) Club HAL also has excelent facilities for the yunger
set, a play room and other facilities!
Club HAL – Games Room
Club HAL – The Loft
HAL – The Oasis with rock pool
Club HAL – The Oasis with rock pool
In addition, the ms Zaandam also has a Digital Workshop program operated by Microsoft, which offers complimentary classes led by a Microsoft-trained “techspert”. As part of the program, passengers can learn to use computers to enhance photos, produce and publish videos onto a DVD and create personal web pages or blogs. In addition, one-on-one coaching, called “Techspert Time” is available for more than 20 hours each week.
There are a number of dinning
options on ther
There is another alternate restaurant on
board, “Canaletto” that serves delicious Italian cuisine. Canaletto, is named after the famous 18th century Venetian
artist, and this venue originally debuted on ms Eurodam in 2008. It comes to
life for dinner nightly from 5:30 to 9:30 pm when a separate section of the
ships' Lido Restaurant is transformed into a fine Italian restaurant.
Canaletto's menu begins with an antipasti plate that changes nightly,
followed by soup choices, salad, four pasta dishes and entrees like veal
The Rotterdam Restaurant
All Stateroom amenities include:
· Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens
· Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage
· 100% Egyptian cotton towels
· Premium massage showerheads
· 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers
· Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure
· Complimentary fresh fruit on request
· Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages
· Flat-panel TV and DVD player
· Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service
Therefore, regardless the grade you chose, you can be assured of a spacious room, which will be delightfully comfortable and serviced regularly and be ready for your regular evening surprisses left by your steward.
Inside Twin/Double bedded Cabin
Outside Twin/Double bedded Cabin
Verandah Twin/Double bedded cabin
De Luxe Suite
You may ask – “Why should I
These are some of the International awards, including the Australian AFTA Award.
“The Highest Rated Cruise Line” – Conde Nast Travellers Readers; Choice Travellers Awards; Travel & Leisure Word’s Best Awards.
“Best Overall Cruise Value” – 17 consecutive years – World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society.
Deluxe Five Star Rating” -
Five Star Diamond Award” –
“Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction” – TravelAge West.
“Best Cruise Operator” (Internationally based) - AFTA award 2010 at the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards.
2010 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental
Protection Award” from the
Leading Green Cruise Line Award” and the
That would give you more than
able ensurence of the kind of cruise experience that
Holland America will provide, and I suggest that you also read my ms Volendam Cruise Review
and some of the pother pages shown at the bottom of
this feature, including the ms Amsterdam Ship review.
Both ships are
The ms Zaandam is
famed for her superb multi million dollar art collection, but the art is only
part of the story onboard the delightful
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