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  • 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.
  • 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-Vista-Class-Pinnacle-Suite-CatPS - The Pinnacle Suite (Penthouse Veranda Suite) aboard Holland America Line rewards you with about 1,296 square feet, including aprivate  veranda, kind bed, oversize whirlpool bath, living room, mini-bar, floor-to-celing windows, large-screen TV and concierge service.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Signature-Suite - A Signature Suite aboard your Holland America Line ship runs 273 to 456 square feet, which includes a private verdanda, one queen or two lower beds, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • 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-Vista-Class-Aft-Pool-1 - Have fun in the sun and take a dip in the Aft Pool aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Lido-Pool-Midship - The sculptural figure of dolphins at the Lido Pool aboard Holland America's Westerdam, Noordam, Oosterdam and Zuiderdam.
  • 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-Vista-Class-Culinary-Arts - Enhance your kitchen skills by signing up for a Culinary Arts Center demonstration kitchen on your Holland America cruise.
  • tropical-drink-on-westerdam.jpg - A strawberry daiquiri served on the pool deck of Holland America's ms Westerdam.
  • tropical-drinks-on-westerdam.jpg - Colorful tropical drinks ready for quaffing on Holland America's ms Westerdam.
  • tropical-drinks-on-westerdam2.jpg - Colorful tropical drinks ready for quaffing on Holland America's ms Westerdam.
  • westerdam-atrium-horizontal.jpg - The stylish Waterford crystal sculpture atop the atrium in the heart of Holland America's Westerdam slowly rotates and changes color.
  • westerdam-atrium-vertical.jpg - The pretty atrium on ms Westerdam from Holland America.
  • westerdam-crew-margaritas.jpg - Beverage attendant Godwin Pring brings margaritas to a guest on ms Westerdam.
  • westerdam-tropical-drink-poolside.jpg - A tropical drink served poolside aboard Holland America's ms Westerdam.
  • 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.
  • 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-Westerdam-Atrium - The theme of Westerdam's atrium and surrounding art is Dutch heritage in the new world. Artworks aboard this Holland America Line ship include paintings of historic Dutch ships and an  original Andy Warhol portrait.
  • Holland-America-Westerdam-2 - Book a cruise on Holland America's Westerdam to transit the Panama Canal, cruise the Caribbean or explore Alaska.
  • Holland-America-Vista-Class-Aft-Pool-1 - Have fun in the sun and take a dip in the Aft Pool aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Westerdam-Atrium - The theme of Westerdam's atrium and surrounding art is Dutch heritage in the new world. Artworks aboard this Holland America Line ship include paintings of historic Dutch ships and an  original Andy Warhol portrait.
  • Holland-America-Westerdam - Book a cruise on Holland America's Westerdam to transit the Panama Canal, cruise the Caribbean or explore Alaska.
  • 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.
  • 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-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-Westerdam - Book a cruise on Holland America's Westerdam to transit the Panama Canal, cruise the Caribbean or explore Alaska.
  • Holland-America-Westerdam-2 - Book a cruise on Holland America's Westerdam to transit the Panama Canal, cruise the Caribbean or explore Alaska.
  • westerdam-moored-in-loretto.jpg - Holland America's ms Westerdam moored in the seaside village of Loreto, Mexico.

ms Westerdam: Elegant sailing surrounded by a wide-ranging art collection

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

Snapshot

The ms Westerdam is the third in Holland America Line's series of Vista-class ships. As such, she embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system. Most of her staterooms have ocean views and many have private verandas.

The theme of Westerdam's art collection is Dutch heritage in the New World. Art ranges from paintings of historic Dutch ships, such as Henry Hudson's Half Moon, to a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway, a bone tobacco pipe carved in the shape of a woman's head to a collection of 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian carved limestone figures from Ecuador. Contemporary pieces include an original Andy Warhol portrait and signature sculptures by Sedona artist Susanna Holt.

Who will like sailing on Westerdam? 

Holland America is expanding its traditional North American passenger base to attract more English speakers, particularly Brits and Australians. The average age is shifting downward, and is now around 45. During the summer Alaska season, Westerdam sees more families traveling with small children, and there might be 100 or more kids younger than 18 onboard.

Where Holland America's Westerdam sails

The Westerdam sails the Caribbean, Alaska and Pacific Northwest, Central America and Panama Canal.

Ratings & awards

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Conde Nast           
Berlitz           
Cruise Critic           
  • Top 20 Medium-Sized Cruise Ships, Conde Nast Traveler (2014)

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Cruises on this ship

Dining

 World-renowned master chefs lead the award-winning culinary staff in providing extensive dining options, including "light & healthy" items, continental and ethnic cuisines, and vegetarian dishes. All are available in a range of dining venues. Dining options include:

  • Vista Dining Room: features impeccable service and an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options.
  • Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. Featuring premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens.
  • Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties.
  • Terrace Grill: Kid-friendly menus including tacos, hamburgers and hot dog on the pool deck.
In the mood for refined, romantic and intimate dining? Head to the Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing.
Courtesy of Holland America LineIn the mood for refined, romantic and intimate dining? Head to the Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing. 

Entertainment & activities

  • The Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft 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 - so friends and family can see where they've been cruising even before they return home. Free workshops taught by Microsoft-trained "techsperts" make it easy and fun, even for novices.
  • The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine: a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by Master Chefs or culinary guests
  • 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.
  • Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
  • Vista Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.
  • Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270 degree views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.
  • Volleyball & Basketball Court 
  • Club HAL: a dedicated youth facility  with activities for kids ages 3 - 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate.
  • The Loft: designed exclusively for teens (13 - 17) to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.
A Signature Suite aboard your Holland America Line ship runs 273 to 456 square feet, which includes a private verdanda, one queen or two lower beds, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Courtesy of Holland America Cruise LineA Signature Suite aboard your Holland America Line ship runs 273 to 456 square feet, which includes a private verdanda, one queen or two lower beds, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Staterooms

Eighty-five percent of her staterooms have ocean views and sixty-seven percent have balconies.

All staterooms feature:

  • Mariner Dream Bed with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors
  • Fully-stocked mini-bars
  • VCR/DVD players with access to an extensive video/DVD library
  • Personalized stationery and use of the exclusive concierge-staffed Neptune Lounge

Lanai staterooms feature doors that open directly onto the walk-around promenade, while Spa staterooms located near the Greenhouse Spa offer exclusive amenities such as an organic cotton bathrobe and slippers, yoga mat, water fountain, special room service menus and treatments, and more.

Interested in a cruise on this ship?

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Your take

How about you? Have you sailed on ms Westerdam? What was your take on the art and ambiance? We would love to hear about your experience — please share!

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Aft Pool
  • Where: Westerdam

  • What: Atrium Art
  • Where: Westerdam Atrium

  • What: Learn to Cook
  • Where: America's Culinary Arts Center Program
  • Andy Warhol, Dutch classics and pre-Columbian and Ecuadorian art dazzle the senses on board.
  • Learn to cook or pick up some new techniques at America's Culinary Arts Center Program

Top dining options on board

Pinnacle Grill

  • Style: Pacific Northwest
  • Additional Cost
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

Canaletto

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

Fast facts

1,916 Passengers [?]
817 Crew
11 Decks
2003 Maiden voyage
82,348 Tonnage [?]
936 Length in feet
106 Width in feet (max beam)
25 speed (mph) [?]

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