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Holland America Line: Amsterdam

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Amsterdam Review

The third ship to bear the name of the Dutch capital in Holland America Line's history and sister ship of Rotterdam, the Amsterdam was launched in 2000. At the heart of the ship’s atrium is the Planeto Astrolabium, a commissioned signature sculpture

that is functional—the Astrolabe tracks constellations, the planets, world time, and ship time. Displayed throughout the ship are original art deco pieces that once graced the Nieuw Amsterdam of 1938.

The most traditional ships in the fleet, the interiors of sister ships Amsterdam and Rotterdam display abundant wood appointments in the public areas on promenade and lower promenade decks and priceless works of art throughout.

The Ocean Bar, Explorer's Lounge, Wajang Theater, and Crow's Nest are familiar lounges to longtime Holland American passengers. Newer additions include the spa's thermal suite, a culinary-arts demonstration center in the theater, Explorations Café, and expansive areas for children and teens. Multimillion-dollar collections of art and artifacts are showcased throughout both vessels. In addition to works commissioned specifically for each ship, Holland America Line celebrates its heritage by featuring antiques and artworks that reflect the theme of worldwide Dutch seafaring history.

Holland America Line has enjoyed a distinguished record of traditional cruises, world exploration, and transatlantic crossings since 1873—all facets of its history that are reflected in the fleet's multimillion-dollar shipboard art and antiques collections. Even the ships' names follow a pattern set long ago: all end in the suffix dam and are either derived from the names of various dams that cross Holland's rivers, important Dutch landmarks, or points of the compass. The names are even recycled when vessels are retired, and some are in their fifth and sixth generation of use.

Noted for focusing on passenger comfort, Holland America Line cruises are classic in design and style, and with an infusion of younger adults and families on board, they remain refined without being stuffy or stodgy. Following a basic design theme, returning passengers feel as at home on the newest Holland America vessels as they do on older ones.

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What You Should Know

Pros

  • Rotterdamhas the Retreat, a resort-style pool on the aft Lido deck
  • As the line’s flagships,RotterdamandAmsterdamhave the fleet’s most elegant interior decor
  • Realistic landscapes with surreal touches accent walls inAmsterdam’s Pinnacle Grill

Cons

  • One-way window glass in outside cabins on lower promenade deck does not offer occupants complete privacy
  • There is little shipboard nightlife more than an hour after dinner
  • Despite excellent facilities designed for kids and teens, family cabins are limited
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 615
  • Entered Service 2000
  • Gross Tons 61,859/62,735
  • Length 780 feet
  • Number of Cabins 690
  • Passenger Capacity 1,380
  • Width 106 feet
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Jun 8, 2015

Alaska

I have been on six cruises, and this by far one of the best. From the embarkation, to the ship, food, shows , staff, everything was spectular. You could tell everyone that worked on the ship was happy. Even departing the ship, which I hated doing, was an excellent experience. As you can tell I cannot say enough god things abut this cruise! Five star plus food. The cabin was excellent. I loved the entertainment, it was truly great.

We didn't do any shore excursions. SIX star plus trip. Alaska was beautiful.

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Jul 24, 2013

Alaska

This was a 3 day cruise from Vancouver to Skagway and 12 day land tour thru Alaska. Everything was okay except for the train trip from Denali to Anchorage. It was on the McKinley Explorer train and Hollands individual cars where the problem arose. The air conditioning didn't work from the time we got on the train till 5 hours later when Holland finally decided to reuse us by disembarking off the train to waiting buses to take us the rest of the

way to Anchorage. The conditions on the train were unbearable; 100% temperatures, high humidity and the sun beaming thru the skycar. It was like being locked in a hot house with full sun and no place escape from the conditions. I complained to Holland and requested a refund for the day but they ignored my request and blamed it on the weather! They refused to take any responsibility for the air conditioning being broken or why they boarded us, knowing the conditions and took 5 hours to rescue us after the crew and travel guides finally convinced them the this was an emergency. My Wife and I were on the verge of heat stroke along with the other passengers and crew members. Holland doesn't care about the passengers or crew only with the maximizing their income. I highly discourage you from using Holland!

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Jan 7, 2013

Caribbean

This was a bad cruise! Cabin 1804 and 3388 noisy and uncomfortable. Entertainment very bad and no guest lectures. Staff great and food OK. It was good but could have been a little more creative. First room 1804 was handicapped (not what we asked for) dark (two portholes recessed) and noisy (pod thrusters and anchor). After 4 days moved to 3388 which was noisy as it is under the galley and I think directly under the dishwasher. Another

couple could not stand the noise in 3388 so they moved. Noise from 5:00am to 11:30pm....one night we called the front desk at 12:30am as there was still loud noises and banging. Very Poor...no guest lectures etc. 3rd and last sailing on Holland America. Much prefer Celebrity. Staff on ship was great and food was nice but the entertainment was very bad and no perks like on Celebrity.

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Dec 14, 2012

Mediterranean

This was our first cruise, and it was wonderful. We are a senior couple, but the ship was a mix of people of all ages. We enjoyed the company of several other couples. Our cabin (we had a veranda) was very nice. The food was excellent! The crew was very friendly and helpful. The ship itself was beautiful. I recommend this ship with no reservations. The food was excellent. We ate mostly in the dining room, where the service was very

good, The menu was great and different each evening. There were always several items to choose from for each meal, ranging from healthy to indulgent. People told us the food would great, and it was. The main dining room was at the stern of the ship, and on several occasions we had a table with a view of the water as the ship was underway; just beautiful! We also liked having the option of eating alone or with a group of two three other couples. If we were in a hurry or just wanted a snack, we would go to the cafeteria which was also very good, and the lines were not long at all. I just wish they had a greater selection of different ice cream flavors to choice from. Our room was clean, and nicely appointed, nicer than most motels. The balcony was great. We had several lovely evenings sitting out there at dusk as the ship sailed to our next destination. It was just so quiet and peaceful. You could barely tell the ship was moving. Every day we returned from our adventures to find our room spotlessly clean and a new towel creation placed on our bed by our stewards. We didn't participate much in directed activities aboard the ship. We would take walks around the outside promenade deck. The library was small but adequate. The two pools on board were nice but pretty crowded. The shows were fair, not quite Broadway quality. We never used the casino. I took a guided tour of the ships galley, and enjoyed it. There were a few lounges where you could sit, have a drink, and enjoy the entertainment. We only took one excursion, and it was just fair. We preferred to just take the transport offered (at an extra cost of course) to our destination, and go our own way from there. We really got a lot of good advice from Rick Steve's book on Mediterranean cruises. I would really recommend that for anyone planning a Mediterranean cruise. Our trip was a beautiful and romantic adventure for a couple of retired teachers. We would get off the ship early each morning, get to our destination, explore as much as we could in the time allowed, get back to the ship, crash for a short time , recover, shower, and go to dinner, and then just enjoy the evening aboard the ship. All the things we were concerned about before the trip just didn't happen, or just didn't turn out to matter. The weather was hot, but we dressed appropriately, and it was fine. We ran into a few language problems when off the ship, but they worked out OK. Yes, we would have liked to have had more time to spend at some of the ports, but we'll just save those for another trip. The cruise just left us wanting to go back and do it all over again, just a little better prepared next time.

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Dec 14, 2012

Mediterranean

This was our first cruise, and it was wonderful. We are a senior couple, but the ship was a mix of people of all ages. We enjoyed the company of several other couples. Our cabin (we had a veranda) was very nice. The food was excellent! The crew was very friendly and helpful. The ship itself was beautiful. I recommend this ship with no reservations. The food was excellent. We ate mostly in the dining room, where the service was very

good, The menu was great and different each evening. There were always several items to choose from for each meal, ranging from healthy to indulgent. People told us the food would great, and it was. The main dining room was at the stern of the ship, and on several occasions we had a table with a view of the water as the ship was underway; just beautiful! We also liked having the option of eating alone or with a group of two three other couples. If we were in a hurry or just wanted a snack, we would go to the cafeteria which was also very good, and the lines were not long at all. I just wish they had a greater selection of different ice cream flavors to choice from. Our room was clean, and nicely appointed, nicer than most motels. The balcony was great. We had several lovely evenings sitting out there at dusk as the ship sailed to our next destination. It was just so quiet and peaceful. You could barely tell the ship was moving. Every day we returned from our adventures to find our room spotlessly clean and a new towel creation placed on our bed by our stewards. We didn't participate much in directed activities aboard the ship. We would take walks around the outside promenade deck. The library was small but adequate. The two pools on board were nice but pretty crowded. The shows were fair, not quite Broadway quality. We never used the casino. I took a guided tour of the ships galley, and enjoyed it. There were a few lounges where you could sit, have a drink, and enjoy the entertainment. We only took one excursion, and it was just fair. We preferred to just take the transport offered (at an extra cost of course) to our destination, and go our own way from there. We really got a lot of good advice from Rick Steve's book on Mediterranean cruises. I would really recommend that for anyone planning a Mediterranean cruise. Our trip was a beautiful and romantic adventure for a couple of retired teachers. We would get off the ship early each morning, get to our destination, explore as much as we could in the time allowed, get back to the ship, crash for a short time , recover, shower, and go to dinner, and then just enjoy the evening aboard the ship. All the things we were concerned about before the trip just didn't happen, or just didn't turn out to matter. The weather was hot, but we dressed appropriately, and it was fine. We ran into a few language problems when off the ship, but they worked out OK. Yes, we would have liked to have had more time to spend at some of the ports, but we'll just save those for another trip. The cruise just left us wanting to go back and do it all over again, just a little better prepared next time.

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