M/S Amsterdam is one of three R-class cruise ships in
the Holland America fleet. She is co-flagship of the fleet
along with her sister Rotterdam. These ships are larger
than HAL's S-class ships (see Veendam) but not as large as
HAL's Vista-class ships (see Noordam).
Amsterdam was the first HAL ship to use azipod
propulsion. Azipods replace the traditional propeller and
shaft arrangement as well as the rudders that steer
traditional ships. They are structures that hang under the
hull resembling an outboard motor. There is a propeller on
the outside of the pod and an electric motor on the inside
which obtains power from diesel generators located inside
the hull. Since the pods can turn 360 degrees, they steer
the ship as well as propel it.
Inside, Amsterdam is tastefully and luxurious
decorated. The style is contemporary but restrained with
wood paneling, subtle lighting and good quality fabrics and
materials. There is an extensive art collection that features
but is not limited to Dutch and marine works.
The typical passenger is sophisticated and
well-educated. They also tend to be older, particularly on
Recently, the ship has done a world cruise during the
winter months and has spent the summers cruising to
PHOTO TOUR AND
Pools, Spa, Sports and Open Deck................Page Two
Shops, Children, and Other Public Areas).....Page Three
Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.........Page Four
The centerpiece of the ship is the is the Planeto
Astrolabium, a commissioned sculpture that tracks
the time, the movement of the constellations and the
planets. It soars up through the central atrium, which
is three decks high.
Amsterdam's sculptures include a bust of a Roman lady (above left), Chinese figurines (above)
and art deco works (right).
Amsterdam has an extensive collection of
In addition to antique works, there are
paintings by contemporary marine artist
Stephen Card (above and below).
A trademark feature of Holland America
ships is a large reproduction of a Dutch
maritime mural (above). There are also
reproductions of Dutch paintings depicting
life in Amsterdam in days gone by (below).
Above left: The reception desk known as "The Front
Above right: The Shore Excursions Office is located
next to the Front Office in the Atrium on Promenade
Left: The lobby of the Atrium on Lower Promenade
Right: The future cruise sales office
There are 690 staterooms on Amsterdam. The staterooms can be divided
into five broad categories:
Penthouse Verandah Suites - - 1 king-size bed, oversize whirlpool bath &
shower, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah, pantry, 1
sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, guest toilet, floor-to-ceiling
Deluxe Verandah Suites - - 2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed,
whirlpool bath & shower, large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah,
1 sofa bed for 2 persons, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows.
Verandah Suites - - lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath
& shower, sitting area, private verandah, mini-bar, refrigerator,
floor-to-ceiling windows (see photo right).
Large OceanView Staterooms - - 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed,
bathtub & shower. All DD-category staterooms have a partial sea view. All
HH-category staterooms have fully obstructed views. G and H cabins may have
portholes instead of windows.
Large or Standard Inside Staterooms - - 2 lower beds convertible to 1
queen-size bed, shower.
All staterooms include a flat panel television, a DVD player and a telephone.
Cruise ship photo tour - Holland America Line - Amsterdam - page 1