Zaandam Review

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Introduced in 2000, Zaandam debuted as Holland America Line’s tribute to music. In addition to the artifacts and memorabilia from a variety of musical genres that decorate the ship, a working baroque-style Dutch pipe organ, inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of the Netherlands, is the centerpiece of the ship’s atrium.

Similar in layout to Statendam-class vessels, these slightly larger sister ships introduced playful art and interior design theme elements to Holland America Line's classic vessels. Triple-deck atriums are distinguished by a fantastic—and fiber-optic-lighted—Murano-glass sculpture on Volendam and, in an attempt to be hip, an almost scary towering pipe organ on Zaandam. Larger than the Statendam-class ships, these ships' atriums open onto three promenade decks.

The interior decor and much of the artwork found in each vessel has a predominant theme—Volendam centers on flowers and Zaandam around music. Look for Zaandam's collection of guitars autographed by famous musicians such as the Rolling Stones and a saxophone signed by former President Bill Clinton. Since the ships are larger than the original Statendam-class ships, the extra space allows for a larger specialty restaurant and a roomier feel throughout.

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