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Holland America's Zaandam: A ship for the young & adventurous
Since launching in 2000, ms Zaandam has been trying to help make cruising go younger. Combining rock and roll memorabilia with traditional art pieces and baroque-style decoration, this mid-size ship is attempting to bring luxury cruising to the millennial set.
This mid-size ship offers more space for passengers and is designed to carry fewer guests while providing more space for maximum comfort. Many staterooms have private verandas and most of the rooms have been upgraded to also feature flat screen televisions, pillow-top mattresses and other comforts of home.
Who will like sailing on this ship
Adventurous travelers, 20- and 30-somethings and couples with young children will be particularly well suited to this ship.
Where Holland America's Zaandam sails
Zaandam spends winters sailing around South America embarking from Buenos Aires to Stanley (Falkland Islands), Argentina, Antarctic Sound, Punta Arenas, Puerto Cahcabuco and Valparaiso, Chile. In summer, depart from Vancouver, BC to Alaska with stops in Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Anchorage, Seward, Glacier Bay, Haines, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.
The Culinary Arts Center, sponsored by Food and Wine Magazine, offers interactive cooking lessons from top-notch chefs, whether the master chef on the ship or culinary guests. However, if you just want to learn, head to the Explorations Cafe, which offers a full library and internet in a coffee-shop environment. There are also complementary Microsoft Digital Workshop programs.
The Crow's Nest Lounge offers 270-degree views during the day while becoming a nightclub in the evening. Other lounges include the Explorer's Lounge and the Dance Lounge.
There are plenty of activities for kids of young families. Club HAL caters to kids from 3-12, whereas The Loft and The Oasis are designed exclusively for teens to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.
The Mondriaan Show Lounge features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts. Meanwhile, the Wajang Theater screens movies about three times a day. But throughout the ship, there is music ranging from dance trios to late night DJ at the Crow's Nest.
Although there are several formal nights on the ship that require a jacket and tie, dress code is generally cruise casual, meaning nice trousers and a collared shirt for men and nice trousers or skirt with a top for women.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Greenhouse Spa offers grotto spaces with wet and dry options, as well as sauna and massage
- Pinnacle Grill offers high-end Northwestern favorites.
- The Culinary Arts Center offers state-of-the-art cooking classes with culinary specialists.
- Rock and roll memorabilia, including from the Rolling Stones, Queen and Iggy Pop, are scattered throughout the ship.