Zuiderdam Review


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Launched in 2002 with a named inspired by the Southern compass point, Zuiderdam was the first ship in Holland America Line’s Vista-class. Suspended in her three-story atrium, a Waterford-crystal seahorse is the first of her exquisite art pieces that passengers see. Other notable art throughout the ship includes a painting of Queen Beatrix by pop culture artist Andy Warhol and medallions by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Ships for the 21st century, Vista-class vessels integrate new, youthful and family-friendly elements into Holland America Line's classic fleet. Exquisite Waterford-crystal sculptures adorn triple-deck atriums and reflect vivid, almost daring color schemes throughout. Although all the public rooms carry the traditional Holland America names (Ocean Bar, Explorer's Lounge, Crow's Nest) and aren't much different in atmosphere, their louder decor (toned down a bit since the introduction of the Zuiderdam) may make them unfamiliar to returning passengers.

Veterans of cruises on older Holland America ships will find the layout of public spaces somewhat different; still, everyone's favorite Crow's Nest lounges continue to offer those commanding views.


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