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140 Years Young: Maasdam Sets Sail

Dec. 3, 1993: Maasdam is christened at Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., by actress June Allyson before setting sail on her first Caribbean cruise. Named for the Maas River in the Netherlands, Maasdam is the fifth HAL ship to bear the name. Featuring an interior motif that pays homage to the historical Dutch East and West India companies of the 17th through 19th centuries, the centerpiece of this elegant ship features Luciano Vistosi’s “Totem,” a monumental sculpture using nearly 2,000 glimmering pieces of glass, prominently displayed in a soaring three-story atrium. Other intriguing art featured on Maasdam includes two abstract murals painted especially for the Rotterdam Dining Room and a collection of seven iron teapots and a charcoal brazier from Japan, which date from the end of Edo period.

7 Comments
  • Scott Lara

    My wife and I love the Maasdam! See my Holland America videos under slara1961 on YouTube and follow me on Twitter @scottlara1961

  • Anne Marie & Olivia

    Our home away from home for 35 days on the tour of the Vikings, 2011. Happy birthday.

  • Judith Morris

    Looking forward to my Christmas cruise on the Maasdam.

  • penny lincoln

    Love cruising HAL Maasdam. My husband & I cruised October 2008 out of Norfolk, VA. Elegant & relaxing…
    I would love to take my mom to Alaska. She is 76 and does everything for everyone.
    She would love to see the beautiful scenery from an elegant setting.

  • Anna Van Hofwegen

    We (mom, brother & friend, sister and I) sailed on the Maasdam from New York to Rotterdam in the summer of 1964. It was the first trip back to Holland after immigrating in 1956. Great Memories!

    (We returned from Rotterdam to New York on the ms Rotterdam.)

  • Jaco OLierook

    Congratulations! and happy cruising….

  • Donna

    We are looking VERY forward to our South America Journey…..50 days..Rio here we Come!!! We love the Maasdamn..!!!!

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