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Amsterdam

The ms Amsterdam is the third ship to bear the name of the Dutch capital in Holland America Line's 135-year history.

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Eurodam

The Eurodam will further the evolution of Holland America Line's sophisticated mid-sized ships. With 11 passenger decks, new innovations include a topside 144-seat Pan-Asian restaurant and 50-seat lounge surrounded by panoramic views overlooking the ocean expanse and the Lido pool.

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Maasdam

Grandly proportioned and designed to carry fewer passengers than other ships in her class, the ms Maasdam is among the most spacious ships at sea. Among her many delights: a soaring atrium lobby around which are clustered all the essential services: the front office, shore excursion office, photo gallery, boutiques, internet center, the lively Ocean Bar, dining in the two-tiered Rotterdam Dining Room with grand sweeping staircase, suites with their own private verandahs, offering an airy, outdoor room for relaxing, dining, and private viewing.

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Nieuw Amsterdam

At first it’s not clear why Nieuw Amsterdam looks like a bit of Manhattan, but when you realise that Nieuw Amsterdam was the original name for New York, it starts to make sense.The Pinnacle Grill, a specialist dining venue, features the renowned Master Chef's Table.

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Noordam

Understated. Elegant. Warmly hospitable. You'll feel it the moment you step aboard the ms Noordam. Here are all the amenities of a great cruise ship - a magnificent teak promenade deck that completely encircles the ship, expansive windows for unobstructed viewing, exceptional cuisine, dazzling entertainment in a two-tiered show lounge.

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Oosterdam

Introducing the ms Oosterdam (pronounced OH-ster-dam), named for the east position of the compass, pointing the direction cruising will take in the future. More staterooms with verandahs for private sunning, dining and relaxing.

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Prinsendam

The moment you step on board the ms Prinsendam you know you are on a very special ship. She is our most intimate ship, with a guest list limited to just 793. Yet she is grandly proportioned with 22 spacious public rooms, all the "big ship" amenities, and activities enough to fill your days with delight. Imagine enjoying the sensual warmth of aroma stone therapy.

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Rotterdam

The term "flagship" is reserved for the standard bearer of the line, the best of the best as evidenced in the elegant ms Rotterdam. Everywhere, premium pervades. Spacious staterooms, a full 80% of them, offer expansive ocean views. Guests staying in Penthouse or Deluxe Verandah Suites have exclusive use of the Neptune Lounge and its attentive concierge.

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Ryndam

On October 20, 2004, Holland America Line re-launched the spacious and elegant ms Ryndam, featuring dramatic product and service enhancements in virtually every area of the ship.

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Statendam

The ms Statendam - and subsequently her luxurious sister ships, the ms Maasdam, ms Ryndam and ms Veendam - are truly masterpieces of the sea. Luxurious, technologically advanced, and because they carry fewer passengers than other ships in our class, truly spacious.

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Veendam

Grandly proportioned and designed to carry fewer passengers than other ships in her class, the ms Veendam is among the most spacious ships at sea. Among her many delights: a soaring atrium lobby around which are clustered all the essential services: the front office, shore excursion office, photo gallery, boutiques, internet center, the lively Ocean Bar.

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Volendam

The luxurious ms Volendam reflects a graceful combination of classic and state-of-the-art features found on board both the ms Rotterdam flagship and the Statendam-class vessels./p>

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Westerdam

Westerdam has a real focus on young active holiday-makers. There are two swimming pools, one of which has a glass roof so that sporty types can swim whatever the weather.

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Zaandam

The ms Zaandam reflects a graceful combination of classic and state-of-the-art features found on board both the ms Rotterdam flagship and the Statendam-class vessels. The Zaandam's predominant theme is music and will be featured in the ship's artwork and interior design elements including a magnificent Baroque-style Dutch band organ playing in the atrium.

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Zuiderdam

The ms Zuiderdam (pronounced, ZI-der-dam), named for the south position of the compass, pointing the direction cruising will take in the future. She began her inaugural season in 2002 and is the first of a new class of cruise ships aptly called the Vista Series - forward-looking in both design and spirit. Everywhere you look, discover more that matters in a cruise ship.

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Having spent one hundred years conveying immigrants to the ‘new world’ Holland America Line built its first cruise liner in 1973 and began to specialise in cruise holidays. In 1989, Carnival Corporation acquired the line. The ships of Holland America Line all have dam at the end of their names, and these are either real dams on Dutch soil or points of the compass, such as Noordam = North dam.

In 2003, the cruise line started its ‘Signature of Excellence’ programme which enhances staterooms, public spaces, dining, services and activities on their ships. The programme has delivered substantial improvements such as early embarkation programmes meaning guests can be in their staterooms by noon on the first day, Culinary Arts Centres offering cookery classes and ‘Greenhouse’ Spas. Also notable are the 24-hour concierge services for suite accommodations, and more extensive youth activities.

  • Brand history – established in 1872 to carry Dutch immigrants to the New World, this is one of the oldest shipping lines around. It moved into the cruise market in the 1970s and has been part of the Carnival Corporation since 1989
  • Signatures of the line – an adventurous commitment to finding new ports and experiences; Culinary Arts programme features onboard cooking lessons and demonstrations
  • Number of ships - 14
  • Best for (kids, entertainment etc) – those who love to cook or eat, and those who enjoy getting slightly off the standard cruise itinerary without being as rugged as expedition-style cruisers
  • Special dining features – while it was one of the first to offer flexible dining, HAL is still largely a two-sitting fleet, with dinner options from 5pm to 9pm
  • Special suite features – many older ships are undergoing refurbishment with new suite offerings such as spa staterooms big enough for treatments to be carried out in privacy
  • Special kid features – three age divisions, starting at three years old and rising to 17 with club based entertainment and dining
  • Entertainment features – think ‘solid’ rather than ‘exciting’ and you have the picture. Good entertainment of the traditional style is the HAL hallmark
  • Spa and fitness features – good spas and well used gyms and classes show that this line caters to a well-heeled, health-conscious passenger list
  • Routes – everything, including world tours, but particularly strong on smaller less well-known ports on traditional routes

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No. of Ships
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