Statendam Review

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Launched in 1993, Statendam introduced the Statendam- or S-class of Holland America Line ships. Historical Dutch life and exploration is the theme of the ship’s art, which features more than $2 million worth of art and rare artifacts. A highlight is a pair of gilded bronze monkeys stationed outside the Piano Bar; maritime art includes interesting maps and charts as well as a series of oil paintings of Holland America ships painted by world renowned marine painter Captain Stephen J. Card.

The sister ships included in the S- or Statendam-class retain the most classic and traditional characteristics of Holland America Line vessels. Routinely updated with innovative features, including Signature of Excellence upgrades, they combine all the advantages of intimate, midsize vessels with high-tech and stylish details.

At the heart of the ships, triple-deck atriums graced by suspended glass sculptures open onto three so-called promenade decks; the lowest contains staterooms encircled by a wide, teak outdoor deck furnished with padded steamer chairs, while interior, art-filled passageways flow past lounges and public rooms on the two decks above. Either reach the lower dining room floor via the aft elevator, or enter one deck above and make a grand entrance down the sweeping staircase.

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