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      Following Carnival Corporation's acquisition of Holland
America in 1988, HAL ordered three modern cruise ships.  
Referred to as the Statendam or S-class after the lead ship in
the class (
See Statendam profile), these ships were
state-of-the-art and were the first step in revitalizing HAL's
fleet.   Maasdam was the second S class ships to be built
followed by Ryndam.  A fourth S-class ship was built later (
See
Veendam profile).
 Although the S-class ships were considered large when they
were built, by today's standards, they are relatively small.  
However, that is just the way passengers on these ships like it.  
Maasdam and her sisters have an intimate, almost cozy
atmosphere yet they have the features that one would expect to
find on a modern cruise ship.
  HAL has followed a practice of continually upgrading
Maasdam and her sisters so that passengers who have traveled
on other HAL ships will find the same features when they
travel on the S class ships as on the larger HAL ships.  For
example, a Pinnacle Grill specialty restaurant was added and
the Greenhouse Spa has been upgraded.  Of course, since the
S-class ships are smaller, these features are not as large or
extensive as on the bigger ships.   
 There is no glitz or shock and awe to Maasdam.  The interior
is contemporary but refined.  Displays of Delft ware and Dutch
paintings mix with displays of fresh flowers and comfortable,
nicely upholstered furniture.  The public areas are not
over-crowded.
  Passengers on Maasdam are mostly North Americans. The
typical passenger is sophisticated and well-educated.   They
make extensive use of the ship's combination library and
Internet center.  In the dining room, they expect good service,
not entertainment.
  Maasdam passengers also tend to be older than passengers on
HAL's larger Vista class ships.  Although HAL encourages
families to travel and has facilities for children and teens on
Maasdam, on most cruises there are relatively few children with
most accompanying grandparents or traveling as part of
multi-generational families.
  With some exceptions, Maasdam tends to do longer cruises
of 14 days or more.  After spending the early part of 2009 in
the Caribbean, Maasdam will do cruises to Canada and New
England from Boston.  She will also do a 42 day voyage across
the Atlantic and back stopping in places such as Greenland,
Iceland, the British Isles and The Netherlands.  In the winter,
she will do a series of cruises into the Panama Canal and to
ports in Central and South America.   
       
TOUR AND COMMENTARY
HOLLAND AMERICA'S

MAASDAM
HOLLAND
AMERICA
MAASDAM
OVERVIEW
Pools, Spa and Open Decks is next

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Overview......................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, Sports and Open Deck................Page Two

Shops, Children, and Other Public Areas).....Page Three

Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.........Page Four

Dining.............................................................Page Five
MAASDAM TOUR 1

MAASDAM TOUR 2

MAASDAM TOUR 3

MAASDAM TOUR 4

MAASDAM TOUR 5
Luciano Visttosi's Totem contains 2,000 pieces
of glass and is the centerpiece of Maasdam's
three-story atrium.
Fresh-cut flower displays are an HAL
hallmark.
The hallways and public spaces on Maasdam are
full of works of art.
The Front Office, located in the
atrium, is the ship's reception desk.
Above:  The Shore Excursions desk
is located next to the Front Office.
Right:  The
Future Cruise Office is
near the Explorations Cafe.
Maasdam has an extensive and varied art collection, which cost appromimately $2 million.  It is intended
to pay hommage to  the  Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th through 19th centuries.  
Accordingtly, there are Asian ceramics and ship artifacts from the Age of Sail.   However, the collection is
not bounded by the central theme.  There are a series of painting of former HAL ships by
Captain Stephen
Card, as well as examples of African art.
Cruise ship photo tour - Holland America Line - Maasdam - page 1
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