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Holland America Cruises aboard the Zaandam
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Ship Details
Began service: January, 2000
Guest capacity: 1,440
Total staff: 647
Length: 780 feet
Passenger decks: 10
CDC inspection score: 96

Zaandam Overview

The Zaandam cruise ship departs from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Seattle, WA, and Anchorage, AL. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Alaska, Caribbean, and Panama Canal.

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A sister to the Volendam, the new Zaandam rocks with a stylish and lively decor that boasts a musical theme. The Zaandam embodies a graciousness that recalls the early days of sailing: a classic ship with modern comforts -- and a vessel that continues the Holland America tradition of excellence. A moderately-priced cruise, the Zaandam features free extras such as cappuccinos and espressos in the Java Cafe, popcorn at the Wajang Theater, and a souvenir canvas bag.


Staterooms are among the roomiest afloat. Those who wish to splurge, may opt for one of the 28 suites measuring 563 sq ft. They are appointed with a king-size bed, whirlpool bath, dressing area and verandah, plus some suite extras including complimentary personalized stationery, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, free dry cleaning and disembarkation at leisure. Verandah mini-suites, 168 of them, are 284 sq ft. and boast queen-size bed, whirlpool bath, sitting area, VCR, mini-bar and refrigerator. The large outside doubles, Categories C through H, are a good value. They are 197 sq ft. with convertible queen-size bed, bathtub/shower, TV, music system and phone. Cabins on Lower Promenade are next to the wraparound deck that may be frequented by walkers early in the morning and some have partial sea views.


There are tables for two, four, six and eight in the two-level Rotterdam Dining Room.
The restaurant features good food, sea views and romantic lighting. Menus are among the most extensive at sea featuring six appetizers, two soups, two salads and six entrees for dinner. Vegetarian and low-fat selections are available. Service is attentive and friendly.

Zaandam now features the Pinnacle Grill as its alternative restaurant. The cozy and intimate restaurant features Northwest-inspired cuisine.

For casual meals, the buffet-style Lido Restaurant, is a popular place for breakfast and lunch.

Other dining treats include free hors d'oeuvres in the cocktail lounges every evening and a Royal Dutch High Tea, featuring sandwiches, petit fours, cookies and cakes to the sounds of string quartet . An expanded room service menu includes such favorites as shrimp cocktail, sauteed sirloin minute steak, salmon steak, grilled chicken breast, chocolate cake and warm apple pie. A mid-afternoon order came within a half hour.


The main lounge presents variety shows, a Broadway revue, and a high-energy production. Other entertainment includes a "specta-crew-lar" show presented by the ship's own staff, featuring folkloric songs and dances. The evening lineup also includes a harpist in the Explorer's Lounge and a quartet in the Ocean Bar. The casinos feature an array of slots and five tables for blackjack, two for Caribbean Stud Poker, one for roulette and one for dice. The Wajang Theater presents first-run films every afternoon and evening. Live sports broadcasts can be viewed in the Casino Bar. And for those who don't want to call it a night, the party goes on in the Crow's Nest disco until the wee hours.

Fitness & Recreation

An expanded Ocean Spa features six treatment rooms with private shower. Two of the six rooms accommodate wet treatments such as hydrotherapy baths, seaweed wraps and mud. The Ocean-View Gym has 11 treadmills, eight bikes, and an assortment of stairsteppers, rowing machines, Cybex weight training machines and free weights; aerobics area; dual sauna/steam rooms and a jogging track one deck above (10 laps equal one mile). The wraparound deck on Lower Promenade is available to walkers (3.5 laps equal one mile).

Deck space is ample with plenty of chaises lining the outdoor pool and the main pool, covered by a retractable dome. Other facilities include two whirlpools, tennis/volleyball courts, ping-pong and shuffleboard.

Public Areas

The three-level atrium boasts an impressive 22-ft.-high Dutch pipe organ with mechanical sculptures. It is connected to a Yamaha player piano for numbers for piano and orchestra. The 110-seat Ocean Bar is one of the most popular passenger hubs, located amidships, near the showroom. It offers sea views by day and music by a quartet in the evenings - some tables spill onto the atrium and are great for people watching. The 89-seat Explorer's Lounge is a quieter venue with a harpist, after-dinner drinks, and chocolates.

Favorites for pre-dinner cocktails are the Piano Bar and Sea View Lounge. A wonderful spot to toast the sunset is the Crow's Nest Lounge, the ship's observation lounge with panoramic views on three sides.

Other public spaces include a well-stocked Ocean View Library with comfortable chairs and ottomans, an inlaid marble table, and writing tables; an Internet Center (eight terminals; open 24-hours, basic charge is 75 cents a minute).


Kids are kept busy with supervised Club HAL crafts, parties, and games for three age groups 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17. Children's menus are available. Baby-sitting is available on request for $7 per child, per hour.

Expert Zaandam reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Zaandam cruise reviews

Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Zaandam Score: 96

Cruise Critic: Zaandam
The Cruise Critic gives Holland America's Zaandam a 3+-ribbon rating.

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