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  • Holland-America-SClass-Neptune-Suite - Neptune Suites on your Holland America ship run about 575 sq. ft. and include a private veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to a king, floor-to-celing glass windows, dual sink vanity, whirlpool bath & shower, sitting area, dressing room, sofa, mini-bar, fridge, floor-to-ceiling windows and amenties. Staterooms include bathrobes, bath amenities, complimentary fresh fruit, flat-panel TV and DVD player, safe and hair dryer.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Pinnacle-Suite - Book a Pinnacle Suite, also known as a Penthouse Suite, aboard your Holland America cruise and spread out with 1,296 square feel, including a king bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah, pantry, sofa bed, mini-bar, fridge, floor-to-ceiling window and complimentary services.
  • Holland-America-Maasdam - At 720 feet in length, Holland America's Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for passengers to spread out.
  • Holland-America-Maasdam-at-sea - At 720 feet in length, the Maasdam, named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for passengers to spread out.
  • Holland-America-Maasdam-at-sea - At 720 feet in length, the Maasdam, named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for passengers to spread out.
  • Holland-America-Northern-Lights - Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Lido-Pool-Midship - The fresh water Lido Pool at midship aboard your Holland America Line ship with its sculptural trio of dolphins. (This is a shot of Statendam; her sister ships Maasdam, Ryndam and Veendam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-SClass-Pinnacle-Suite - Book a Pinnacle Suite, also known as a Penthouse Suite, aboard your Holland America cruise and spread out with 1,296 square feel, including a king bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah, pantry, sofa bed, mini-bar, fridge, floor-to-ceiling window and complimentary services.
  • Holland-America-Maasdam - At 720 feet in length, Holland America's Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for passengers to spread out.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Lido-Pool-Aft - Sunny days are great for lounging at the Lido Aft Pool on your Holland America ship. (This is a shot of Maasdam; her sister ships Statendam, Ryndam and Veendam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-Crows-Nest - The Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Pinnacle-Grill - The Pinnacle Grill aboard Holland America's Maasdam is an intimate reservations-only venue that offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience.
  • Holland-America-Pinnacle-Grill - In the mood for refined, romantic and intimate dining? Head to the Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-Pinnacle-Grill - Make reservations for an intimate meal graced by luxurious appointments such as Bulgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens at Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Pinnacle-Grill - The Pinnacle Grill aboard Holland America's Maasdam is an intimate reservations-only venue that offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience.
  • HAL-Cannonball-burger-fries.jpg - Try a Cannonball burger with fries at Dive-In at the Terrace Grill, offering alfresco dining by the pool on your Holland America ship.
  • HAL-Land-&-Sea.jpg - Pair a surf-and-turf dish with a glass of wine on your Holland America sailing.
  • Holland-America-teak-deck-chairs - Pull up a teak lounge chair, relax and take in the view from the deck of your Holland America ship.
  • Holland-America-Maasdam-Atrium - Holland America Line's Maasdam features Luciano Vistosi's "Totem," a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass, prominently displayed in a soaring three-story atrium.
  • Holland-America-Crows-Nest - The Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.
  • Holland-America-Northern-Lights - Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
  • Holland-America-Ocean-Bar - Enjoy cocktails and good conversation at the Ocean Bar on your Holland America sailing. This is a shot of the bar aboard ms Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Piano-Bar - Enjoy music with a talented and comedic keyboard host playing requests at the Piano Bar aboard your Holland America Line cruise.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-The-Retreat -  The Retreat is a relaxing getaway where guests may lounge in chairs and dip their fingers and toes in the water. The resort-style pool area on your Holland America ship also includes a  pool bar, upscale pizzeria named Slice and a giant LED screen for evening movies.
  • Holland-America-SClass-Lido-Pool-Aft - Sunny days are great for lounging at the Lido Aft Pool on your Holland America ship. (This is a shot of Maasdam; her sister ships Statendam, Ryndam and Veendam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-SClass-Lido-Pool-Midship - The fresh water Lido Pool at midship aboard your Holland America Line ship with its sculptural trio of dolphins. (This is a shot of Statendam; her sister ships Maasdam, Ryndam and Veendam are nearly identical.)
  • Holland-America-Culinary-Arts-Center -  Improve your cooking skills from a roster of celebrated chefs as part of Holland America's Culinary Arts Center Program, presented by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Holland-America-Casino-2 - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Wine-Tasting - You can try a variety of different wines, including HAL's own label, at a wine tasting bar during your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Merabella-boutique - The Merabella Luxury Shop on the Upper Promenade Deck of your Holland America ship is an exclusive jewelry boutique. (This is a shot on the MS Rotterdam.)
  • Holland-America-Casino - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Club-HAL - Tweens ages 8-12 have access to Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties at Club HAL aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • St-Johns-Antigua-panorama - Roger Wollstadt: "A panorama of St. John's, Antigua, which I took from the Holland America cruise ship Maasdam. St. John's Cathedral (Anglican) is at the far left. Mount St. John's Medical Centre is at the far right. The green area left of the medical center is the Botanical Garden."

Maasdam: A floating art gallery from Holland America

Have you sailed on Holland America's ms Maasdam? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, ms Maasdam is the fifth ship in Holland America Line's more than 130-year history to bear the name. At 720-feet, Maasdam is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. Many staterooms feature commanding ocean views, and each suite has a private veranda.

Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th through 19th centuries, the centerpiece of this elegant ship features Luciano Vistosi's "Totem," a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass. The masterpiece is prominently displayed in a soaring three-story atrium. Other intriguing art featured on the ms Maasdam are two abstract murals painted especially for the Rotterdam Dining Room and a collection of seven iron teapots and a charcoal brazier from Japan, which date from the end of Edo period.

Who will like sailing on Maasdam?

Maasdam is one of the fleet's designated family friendly vessels, the average age, though,  is still mid-fifties. Shorter itineraries and cruises during school holiday periods tend to attract a higher percentage of younger passengers and families.  Maasdam passengers tend to like traditional cruising with plenty of formal affairs and appreciate the lack of trendiness.

Where Holland America's ms Maasdam sails

Maasdam covers a lot of sea and sails in the Southern Caribbean in winter with stops in Martinique, St Vincent, Barbados. South America features Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, and Fortaleza in Brazil. The northeast coast of North America is featured for fall cruises with stops in Boston, MA, Bar Harbor, ME, Quebec City, and Montreal, Canada. Longer cruises feature European and African destinations of Gibraltar, Casablanca, and Athens, Greece November.

Ratings & awards

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Conde Nast           
Berlitz           
Cruise Critic           
  • Top 20 Medium-Sized Ships, Conde Nast Traveler (2014)
    Silver Award for Overall Premium Ship, Travel Weekly Magellan Award (2012)

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Cruises on this ship
The Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.
Michel Verdure / Courtesy of Holland America LineThe Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.

Dining

With more than 500 different food items on a typical seven-day cruise, Holland America Maasdam offers the most extensive menus at sea. Enjoy modern Continental cuisine, regional specialties appropriate to each cruising area and traditional favorites. Chefs are all members of the prestigious Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs gourmet society.

  • Rotterdam Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options. Each evening as the dinner hour approaches, the melodious call of the chime master invites you to the main Dining Room. You will enjoy sumptuous five-course selections, from appetizers and drinks to entrees and dessert, while a quartet plays soft dinner music. Savor seared sea scallops, filet mignon topped with crab and Hollandaise, and wines rated "excellent" by The Wine Spectator. Fresh herbs and imaginative combinations make lighter fare an equally tempting choice.
  • Pinnacle Grill: This intimate venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Double R Ranch Beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator, as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens.
  • Canaletto Restaurant: Named for a famous 18th-century Venetian artist, Canaletto is your destination on-board for an intimate Italian dinner. The evening begins with the chef's selection of antipasti with a taste of the delicious fare and personal, polished service to follow.
  • Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties.
Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
Courtesy of Holland America LineHead to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.

Entertainment

Aboard the Holland America's Maasdam, you can enjoy the latest in Las Vegas style gaming in friendly casinos.

  • Test your luck or skill at the casino. The casino offers a wide range of slots, from nickels to five-dollar machines, including video poker and the Megacash jackpot, the biggest progressive jackpot on the seven seas linked to over 50 cruise ships worldwide.
  • The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is the setting for gourmet cooking demonstrations and interactive classes.
  • Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times, features the largest library at sea, as well as comfortable music listening stations and Internet access.
  • The Rembrandt Show Lounge features Las Vegas-style productions, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.
  • The Crow's Nest offers sweeping views that make this observation lounge a top choice for relaxing during the day, and in the evening, it transforms into a hip, fashionable nightclub with top-notch DJs and great bands.
  • The 249-seat Wajang Theater is used for lectures, meetings and religious services, as well as current films. Enjoy fresh popcorn at the movie matinees, free of charge.
    Half Moon and Hudson Room (seating a total of 150) adjoin the theater and also may be used for meetings and private parties, as well as scheduled activities
  • Like a vertical constellation, the columnar glass sculpture in the ms Maasdam's atrium twinkles and sparkles in an intriguing play of light. View it from all sides as you descend the grand spiral staircase.

Activities

Rejuvenate through exercise as Holland America's Maasdam cruise ship spa offers fitness classes to help you keep fit and feel great. Yoga, Pilates, spinning, aquarobics and cardio Ki-Bo circuit training are available for students of all levels.

Take advantage of treadmills, stationary bikes, stairsteppers, rowing machines, weights and weight machines. And while you're working out, refresh your soul with soothing panoramic views of the ocean. 

The Greenhouse Spa & Salon features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening. The cruise ship also features two outdoor swimming pools (one with a sliding glass roof) and whirlpools, a library, beauty parlor and whirlpool.

Don't miss

  • Digital Workshop, powered by Windows: Guests will be able to "show and tell" their vacation memories, learning how to share all their digital memories through email, blogging and social networking. Free workshops taught by Microsoft-trained "techsperts" make it easy and fun, even for novices.
  • Mix: This innovative meeting place features three specialty venues: Champagne, for mid-day mimosas or anytime celebrations; Martinis, for Grey Goose cocktails and martini flights; and Spirits & Ales for microbrews, single malts and sports updates.

Staterooms

The Maasdam features a penthouse suite and 28 suites. Each of the 149 suites and deluxe staterooms has a private veranda, a VCR, whirlpool bath and minibar.

All staterooms are equipped with sofas, hairdryers, individually controlled air conditioning, telephone with computerized wake-up service, multichannel music system and closed circuit television. In each room, the beds are convertible from one queen size to two singles; 52 staterooms have connecting doors; and six staterooms are equipped to accommodate physically challenged guests.

Family-friendly

Big Apple children's game room is a great place for guests five through 17 to gather. A full time youth coordinator is on duty throughout the cruise to supervise activities for all ages.

  • Club HAL features dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages three to 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate.
  • The Loft is designed exclusively for teens (13-17) to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.

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  • What: Relaxing by the sea
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  • Spin, sweat, om and row your heart out in the the fitness facilities, all while taking in the glorious views!
  • Swim outdoors, on board ship at a pool with a sliding glass roof.
  • Gawk and admire the great art on display that represents a $2 million collection of art and artifacts
  • Take classes from 'techsperts' and share you cruise experience with landlubbers

Top dining options on board

Pinnacle Grill

  • Style: Pacific Northwest
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Canaletto Restaurant

  • Style: Italian
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

1,258 Passengers [?]
580 Crew
10 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
55,575 Tonnage [?]
719 Length in feet
101 Width in feet (max beam)
2015 REFURBISHED

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