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Maasdam: A floating art gallery from Holland America
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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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Top highlights on this ship
- 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