A beautiful ship with flower power
Volendam was the first of a new generation of luxury cruise ships for Holland America Line, combining features of the popular Statendam-class vessels and the company's then flagship, ms Rotterdam, with its own unmistakable style.
The predominant theme of the Volendam’s decor is flowers, featured in the ship’s artwork, doors and other design elements as well.
There are flowers in abundance on Volendam
Flowers can be found in abundance in the forms of floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of tropical floral arrangements and fresh flowers throughout the ship.
At the heart of the ship an elegant sculpture by Luciano Vistosi, inspired by the myriad of moods and colors of a kaleidoscope, greets visitors in a soaring three-story atrium.
Tennis star Chris Evert became the official “godmother” for Volendam at a dedication ceremony in Fort Lauderdale in November, 1999.
Kirk Lanterman, HAL chairman, saida t the time: “The godmother of a cruise ship is always very special, and in this instance particularly so since the growing numbers of Baby Boomers who will sail on board the Volendam are very familiar with Chris Evert’s tennis career and can personally identify with her.”
Volendam was first to feature HAL’s first Internet center, “The Web Site”, which allows guests to go on-line on a real-time basis, check their own e-mail accounts and stock quotes and surf the net.
Other special features include
Operated by Holland America Line
Built at Fincantieri Marghera, Italy
Entered service: November 1999
Gross tonnage: 60,906 tons
Cost: $300 million
Passenger decks: 10
Cabins: 720 including
- Outside view: 581
- With private balcony: 197
- Inside: 139
- Wheelchair accesible: 23
One dining room (two sittings), casino, cinema, library, three swimming pools, two outside, one inside, gymnasium, self-service laundrette.
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