An Introduction to the Ships and Classes of the HAL Fleet

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Pearl City, Hawaii
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I do believe I am becoming addicted to Holland America Cruise Lines...and this message board
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Christmas 2006 HAL Noordam's First Christmas

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Durham NC
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I just want to say I really appreciate the original post. I use it all the time, esp because I can't seem to find similar data on HAL's website. Thanks for taking the time!
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Tarzana (San Fernando Valley), CA
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Originally posted by JYGresham
Where can I download deck plans of the Maasdam--the Holland AMerica site has a link but I could not bring it up?
Here's a link to the MAASDAM DECK PLANS section of the HAL website. On the linked page you can click on each deck and get a .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) page that shows all the details of the deck.)

BTW, the plan for Maasdam is virtually identical to the plans for all four of the S-Class ships.
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What HAL ships go to Alaska? We are just beginning to plan a cruise to Alaska, and would like any hints on what ship to take.

Thanks for any info.

South Mississippi
425 Posts
Joined May 2006
Thanks for the info in this sticky. We are considering the Zaandam for Alaska in 2007. Everyone makes HAL sound so wonderful, I think we must give it a try !!!
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Carnival Elation (Western Carribean) 7/25/2011
Carnival Destiny (Western Carribean) 6/5/2010
Carnival Fantasy (Western Carribean) 3/3/08 and 1/10/09
Holiday (Western Carribean) 1/29/07, 8/27/07 and 10/27/07
Carnival Spirit (SB Alaska) 7/5/06 (NB Alaska) 7/2/08
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Fairfield Glade, Tennessee
4,121 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
Hi Grumpy!
Saw Lawrence of Antigua last week on AOS! Glad we followed your recommendation as we found his tour wonderful and his bus was just like new. He said you were just there a few weeks previous to our visit! Thanks again Steve, we loved Lawrence and his tour!
In The Spotlight
24,971 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
eye yai yai!

put an eye in this one

Originally posted by Host Walt
Zuiderdam "Zey-der-dam"
Great information but I would disagree with this one...

But I can't think of an English equivalent.. it is not an "hey"
if you try to pronounce Zey it becomes Zee the Dutch word for sea
I believe it would be closer to "Z eye der dahm"

Fallbrook, CA
127 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Are you familiar with nicknames used for the various Holland America ships or groups of ships? Do you know which ones are referred to as the "middledams" and what the other ones are? Thanks.
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Joined Feb 2007
Hi- how ddid you enjoy the Ryndam last year- thinking of taking the cruise this May. Also did you take any tours- what would you recommend if you were to take the cruise again. Thanks Sally
San Francisco, CA
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Joined Mar 2007
Originally posted by Bucky3
Thank you for this post. Having cruised first on Oosterdam a year or so ago and then on Volendam a couple of weeks ago, I am so happy to have these comparisons all in one place!!
We're going to book the 2008 Holiday cruise out of Auckland. Any advice or comments as to the type of cabin you'd choose? We can afford up to an A verandah. Thanks in advance.
Tarzana (San Fernando Valley), CA
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Originally posted by musketeer
We're going to book the 2008 Holiday cruise out of Auckland. Any advice or comments as to the type of cabin you'd choose? We can afford up to an A verandah. Thanks in advance.
That question is better asked as it's own thread on the main HAL Board. (The matter of cabin choice (size, location) is based on personal preferences so where some will prefer a basic outside near the casino, others may like a rear facing balcony up high.)
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Originally posted by Host Walt
Here's Copper10-8's pronunciation guide from that link...

... the Dutch have accents and even dialects depending on what part of the country they're from so you might get a different pronounciation from someone from the province of Friesland (the far north), Amsterdam in the province of Noord Holland in the west and/or the southern provinces of Brabant and Limburg. Even the inhabitants of the three big cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag (the Hague) have their own accents.

Prinsendam "Princen-dam" as in "Prince"

Statendam "St-ah-ten-dam" as in "say Aah"
Maasdam "Maahs-dam" as in "say Ahh"
Ryndam "Rhine-dam"
Veendam "Veyn-dam" as in "hey"
Rotterdam "Rott-ehr-dam" as in Rotweiler
Amsterdam "Ahm-ster-dam"
Volendam "Vohl-en-dam" as in "Foal"
Zaandam "Zahn-dam" as in "say Aah"
Zuiderdam "Zey-der-dam"
Oosterdam "Oasterdam" as in Toast but drop the "T"
Westerdam "West-ehr-dam"
Noordam "Nor-dam" as in More
Im new to cruise critic, but as someone who formally worked for Holland America I am so thrilled to see someone post a pronounciation guide for the ships. A humorous list of the mispronounciations of the names might be a future post of mine.
Vero Beach, FL USA
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Joined Mar 2004
This thread was started about a year ago, with much less known about the Eurodam. Can someone post some updated info about her?
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Past Cruises
1/1990 - RCCL Song of America
4/13/2003 - Carnival Inspiration
10/30/2004 - HAL Maasdam
3/26/2005 - HAL Zuiderdam
12/2/2007 - Carnival Valor
12/14/2008 - NCL Pearl
3/7/2010 - Costa Fortuna
1/6/2013 - Norwegian Dawn
3/27/2014 - Norwegian Sun

Future Cruises
10/11/2014 - Norwegian Sun (Panama Canal)

Land Vacations
06/22/1998 - Sandals Negril, Jamaica
2/14/2005 - Sandals Negril, Jamaica
6/21/2006 - Barcelo Maya, Mexico
11/29/2006 - Sandals Negril, Jamaica
1/10/2009 - Coco View Roatan, Honduras - Scuba Diving
8/23/2009 - Grand Bahia Principe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
11/14/2009 - Barracuda Hotel Cozumel, Mexico - Scuba Diving
5/8/2010 - Coco View Roatan, Honduras - Scuba Diving
11/30/2010 - Barcelo Maya, Mexico

Future Land Vacations
None Planned (yet)
Washington, DC
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Joined May 2006
What a great thread!! First the clear and concise explanations of each class and each ship, then the helpful pictures, then the pronunciation guide (I pronounced every ship incorrectly)!!! Thanks everyone.
Space Coast FL
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Joined Sep 2006
Originally posted by Orcrone
This thread was started about a year ago, with much less known about the Eurodam. Can someone post some updated info about her?
It is very much like the Vistas, but with another deck forward and aft of the pool dome. The Crow's Nest/Explorations Cafe have been moved up, and cabins put in their former place on deck 10. In the aft part of the new deck level is a specialty restaurant. You can see the deck plans etc at Eurodam
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AMSTERDAM 2641 Alaska 7/02 | WESTERDAM 8010 Baltic 9/05 | NOORDAM 7124 Western Mediterranean 6/06 | VEENDAM 712 Western Caribbean 12/06 | STATENDAM 394 Alaska Cruise-Tour 9/07 | ZUIDERDAM 8021 Eastern Caribbean 12/07 | AMSTERDAM 3385 Panama Canal transit 4/08 | EURODAM 4130 Bahamas 10/08 | NOORDAM 8009 Southern Caribbean 12/08 | NOORDAM 4178 Southern Caribbean 12/09 | NIEUW AMSTERDAM 8057 Eastern Mediterranean 9/10 | RYNDAM 394 Western Caribbean 12/10 | VEENDAM 418 Bermuda 10/11 | MAASDAM 404 3/12 | PRINSENDAM 303 Trans-Atlantic 5/13 | EURODAM 4094 Viking Passage TranAtl 8/14 | NIEUW AMSTERDAM 5186 Eastern Caribbean 12/14 | EURODAM 8144 Western Caribbean 11/15 | KONINGSDAM 8138 Bahamas 11/16 | OOSTERDAM 8098 Western Caribbean 12/16
Non-HAL cruises: Sovereign of the Seas 6556 Bahamas 4/07 | Disney Dream 10508 Bahamas 11/13
New York City
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Joined Sep 2000
What a great way to quickly look up which ship is similar or for that matter different! Thanks for taking the time to do this.
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Flagstaff, Arizona
885 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
Herb, see what you've missed while you weren't cruising the HAL board? Doug posted all this great info after I plaintively asked for an explanation of the classes of the ships. He must have received many other requests, so he put this together. I printed it out and keep it in my briefcase to peruse on the bus on the way to work and back. Also useful is Copper-10's treatise on the Captains and Hotel Managers. It's good to have you back.

Mrs Muir
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1976 - Pacific Princess - Mexican Riviera
1977 - Pacific Princess - Alaska
1977 - Island Princess - Working Cruise (Mexico)
1978 - Pacific Princess - Panama Canal
2000 Rotterdam - Baltic Treasures
2005 Westerdam - Gems of the Baltic
2006 Zaandam - Alaska Inside Passage
2007 Ryndam - Sea of Cortez
2008 Rotterdam - Black Sea and Egypt
2010 Zaandam - Circle Hawaii
2012 Volendam - Sydney to Vancouver
2013 Emerald Princess - Baltic Gems
2014 Nieuw Amsterdam - Mediterranean Empires