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ms Westerdam

ms Westerdam

Ship Facts

Registry:
The Netherlands
Passenger Capacity:
1,916
Crew Members:
817
Gross Tonnage:
82,348 grt
Length:
936 feet
Maximum Speed:
24 knots
Dedicated:
April 2004
Godmother:
Actress Renée Soutendijk

Latest Post

East, West…Which is Best? No Need to Choose on Our ’36-Day Best of the Med’ Cruise

East, West…Which is Best? No Need to Choose on Our ’36-Day Best of the Med’ Cruise

If one thing is for sure, it’s that the Mediterranean is heating up for the summer! With millions of people traveling by cruise ship every year, it’s no wonder this unique region is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Known for its stunning landscapes, colorful cities, diverse culture and rich history…   read more of “East,…”

Recent Posts

Launch of ‘Explorations Central’ Onboard Redefines Destination Immersion

Launch of ‘Explorations Central’ Onboard Redefines Destination Immersion

Holland America Line is amplifying its destination immersion experiences with the launch of Explorations Central, or EXC, as it will be called. The multifaceted EXC experience combines a wide array of indispensable travel resources with enrichment opportunities for guests that make their travel experience more engaging, vivid and meaningful. If you’d like to watch a…   read more of “Launch of…”

Journeys Ashore Spotlight: ‘Cabo San Lucas Ziplining Adventure’ Truly Is an Adventure

Journeys Ashore Spotlight: ‘Cabo San Lucas Ziplining Adventure’ Truly Is an Adventure

Holland America Line asked Guest Roland if he would send in an article about his recent Journeys Ashore experience in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on his recent Westerdam cruise, and he was more than happy to oblige! Roland took the “Cabo San Lucas Ziplining Adventure” and it certainly is a great option for guests who…   read more of “Journeys Ashore…”

Tips for Glacier Bay Cruising as Nieuw Amsterdam Kicks Off Alaska Season

Tips for Glacier Bay Cruising as Nieuw Amsterdam Kicks Off Alaska Season

Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam arrived at the Port of Seattle Friday, April 29, marking the start of the city’s summer Alaska homeport cruise season. We’ve increased our Seattle calls this year to 55, and three Holland America Line ships will sail roundtrip Seattle routes in 2016: Westerdam arrives Saturday, May 7; Amsterdam arrives Sunday,…   read more of “Tips for Glacier…”

Pacific Coastals and Mexico: Unique Destinations for Sun and Fun

Pacific Coastals and Mexico: Unique Destinations for Sun and Fun

The West Coast of the United States and Mexico are incredible cruise locales, and Holland America Line is featuring some fantastic itineraries on five ships in 2016. These sailings are perfect for vacationers looking for “close to home” cruising beyond the Caribbean that visit some unique and exciting destinations. The ports are full of history,…   read more of “Pacific Coastals…”

Culinary Arts Center: Cruise with Famous Chefs, Winemakers & Mixologists in 2016

Culinary Arts Center: Cruise with Famous Chefs, Winemakers & Mixologists in 2016

The year may have just begun but the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine has already gotten off to a delicious start! Holland America Line guests will hone their cooking skills with classes ranging in topics from unique Caribbean cooking styles to delicious desserts. So if you’re cruising this year you better…   read more of “Culinary Arts…”

Eureka! Win a Gold Nugget in Holland America’s ‘Find Your Gold’ Sweeps

Eureka! Win a Gold Nugget in Holland America’s ‘Find Your Gold’ Sweeps

In honor of the 120th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush, Holland America Line is launching a “Find Your Gold” sweepstakes that will award five lucky winners an authentic gold nugget valued at approximately $1,000. As the only cruise line to offer Alaska and Yukon travel, the glistening golden treasure is the prefect representation of…   read more of “Eureka! Win a Gold…”