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All those favourite features and more

Holland America Line's flagship, the 1,380-passenger Amsterdam, blends classic style and tradition with contemporary colours and features as she sails the world's seven seas.

The Amsterdam, which entered service in October, 2000, offers many features appealing to both Holland America regular and first-time cruisers alike.

cruise ship Amsterdam of Holland America Line
Guests enjoy the contemporary ambience and up-to-date amenities onboard Amsterdam

Repeat guests will find all their favourite features, such as the elegant Explorer’s Lounge and casual Lido restaurant, while those new to cruising also will enjoy the contemporary ambience and up-to-date amenities such as an Internet center and a sports bar.

Special features

  • An all-suite concierge deck, offering the Neptune Lounge for the exclusive use of guests residing in two penthouses and 50 suites (14 more than the Rotterdam.)
  • Ocean views from 557 - or 81 percent - of the Amsterdam’s 690 staterooms, 172 (25 percent) of which have private verandahs with glass balustrades, providing an unobstructed view of sea and scenery.
  • The ornate “Astrolabe” clock tower as the centerpiece of the three-deck atrium, featuring a carillon in its base and four different faces: an astrolabe, world clock, planetary clock and astrological clock.
  • The “Four Seasons” sculptures originally created for the ss Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938. The four gold-plated pieces, purchased from a private collector will be displayed near the Crow’s Nest Lounge.
  • Bronzes of two brown bears fishing, created by British sculptor Susanna Holt, displayed at the Lido swimming pool. A third bear, a cub, will be displayed close by in an alcove near the Dolphin Bar.
  • The Web Site located adjacent to the Java Cafe on Promenade Deck for increased visibility and accessibility by guests. The Amsterdam will retain the Puzzle Corner, another feature enjoyed by guests, adjacent to the library on Upper Promenade.
  • The Amsterdam, third ship of that name in Holland America’s 127-year history, is the sister ship to Rotterdam. Like the Rotterdam, the Amsterdam has twin stacks and a more formal interior design than the newly introduced V-class sister ships Volendam and Zaandam.

    She was the first Holland America ship to have the revolutionary Azipod propulsion system, which gives the ship an operating speed of 22.5 knots, plus greater maneuverability and operating efficiencies. The ship also features a state-of-the-art waste management system.

    The 61,000-ton Amsterdam has a passenger space ratio of 44.2, one of the highest in the premium market, offering the level of spaciousness found across the Holland America Line fleet. Its roomy staterooms feature individualized air-conditioning units, providing personalized climate control.

    Guests who have sailed on the Statendam-class ships, the Rotterdam or the Volendam/Zaandam ships will find many familiar elements on the Amsterdam. Centered on the atrium are the front office and shore excursion desk, the photo shop and gallery, the duty-free gift shops, the Ocean Bar and casino entrance. The Lido Deck layout is similar to the V-class ships, with the aft pool raised one deck to accommodate the additional suites. The signature Crow’s Nest Lounge offers views of the sea high atop Sports Deck.

    Like her sister ship, Amsterdam sports an Ambassador Lounge on Upper Promenade Deck, which provides a casual vantage point for people watching, and the Skyroom Club HAL kids facility. Amsterdam also offers the Odyssey alternative restaurant serving gourmet Italian cuisine by reservation in an intimate atmosphere.

    Many design touches are subtle, yet add to the ambiance of luxury on board the Amsterdam. Extra soundproofing materials in the decks and bulkheads prevent unwanted disturbances. Three staircases put guests never farther than 130 feet from a staircase. Beautiful woods will create a classic maritime ambiance and many art pieces will depict a rich nautical theme as well as the city of Amsterdam from the 17th to 20th Centuries.

    Vital statistics

    Operated by Holland America Line
    Built at Fincantieri, Italy
    Entered service: October 2000
    Registered: Netherlands
    Gross tonnage: 62,735 tons
    Cost: $400 million
    Passengers: 1,380
    Passenger decks: 12
    Lifts: 12
    Crew: 615
    Staterooms: 690 including

    Length: 780ft
    Width: 106 ft
    Service speed: 22.5 knots


    Two-level main dining room, casual “round-the-clock” cafe and an alternative restaurant, large lido swimming pool beneath a retractable magradome, show lounge, disco, meeting rooms, casino, fitness center, Internet cafe, golf simulators, children’s facilities

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