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Westerdam cruise ship
Westerdam is the third ship in Holland America’s Vista
class.   She is a sister ship to Oosterdam,
Zuiderdam and
Noordam as well as P&O Cruises’ Arcadia.  She is a near-
sister to the slightly larger HAL
Eurodam and Nieuw
Amsterdam
and can claim a family connection to Cunard's
larger and longer
Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.  
What this large family indicates is that Westerdam has a
proven hull design that has been successful in a variety of
contexts.

At over 80,000 gross tons, Westerdam is among HALs
larger ships.  At the same time, however, she is
significantly smaller than the mega-cruise ships operated
by other lines.  The net result of this is that Westerdam
tends to attract a younger group of passengers than HAL’s
smaller ships but who are nevertheless interested in a
sophisticated, more traditional cruise experience.

The interior of the Westerdam is like a contemporary
museum.  The underlying style is understated, using soft
lighting and good materials, but it is not ornate.  Populated
the public spaces, however, are an excellent art collection
and spectacular floral displays.

 The ship’s facilities also appeal to more active minds.  
They include a coffee bar that is also a library and internet
center, a very popular Microsoft digital workshop, and a
culinary arts center.   The ship also has nice versions of
the standard cruise ship features such as pools, bars,
specialty restaurants, and a spa.            

The current ship is the third ship to bear the name
Westerdam.   The first ship had a troubled beginning as it
was caught in the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in
1940.  Allied bombers sank the ship in the shipyard where
she was under construction in 1942.  The Germans raised
the ship in 1944 but it was sunk by Dutch resistance
forces.  This happened again after the Germans raised the
ship a second time.  Despite this troubled beginning, the
combination passenger/cargo ship remained in service
from 1946 until 1965 doing transatlantic crossings.

The second Westerdam began life as the Home Lines’s
Homeric.  Acquired by Holland America in 1989, she
cruised as Westerdam until 2002.  Subsequently, she
became Costa Europa and Thompson Dream.

In April 2001, today’s Westerdam was expanded as part
of HAL’s Signature of Excellence program.  34
staterooms were added to the ship.  This was done by
squaring off the aft section of the ship.  As a result the
formerly terraced aft superstructure took on a more
rectangular shape.   In so doing, more space was also
added to the aft pool area.


PHOTO TOUR AND
COMMENTARY
HOLLAND AMERICA'S

WESTERDAM
HOLLAND
AMERICA
OVERVIEW
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Overview......................................................Page One

Pools. Sports and Open Deck........................Page Two

Spa................................................................Page Three

Shops, Children, and Other Public Areas)....Page Four

Entertainment................................................Page Five

Bars and Lounges..........................................Page Six

Dining...........................................................Page Seven

Exterior Photos.............................................Profile Page
The theme of Westerdam’s extensive art collection is “the Dutch heritage in the New
World.”  While this includes examples of Dutch painting, ship models and ceramics, it
also covers pre-Columbian South American works as well as contemporary works.  
Westerdam continues the Holland America practice of having the landings on one stair
tower adorned with the paintings of marine artist
Captain Stephen Card.   
Westerdam's business offices - -

Above:
The Shore Excursions Desk.

Left:  The Future Cruise Desk.

Below:  The Front Office, Westerdam's
reception desk.
Above and below: The Atrium.
Captain Bart Vaartjes
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