MS Noordam

MS Noordam is a member of Holland America Line's Vista class, and the fourth Holland America Line vessel to bear the name. The ship was christened on February 22, 2006, in New York City by the actress Marlee Matlin.[2] Noordam is a sister ship of MS Oosterdam, MS Westerdam, MS Zuiderdam and P&O Cruises' MS Arcadia (originally ordered by the HAL, but sold to P&O). The prefixes of the four ships' names represent the four directions of the compass in Dutch.

Noordam Grand Turk Island, March 2007
Name: MS Noordam
Namesake: The northern compass point
Operator: Holland America Line
Port of registry:  Netherlands
Builder: Fincantieri
Yard number: Marghera 6079
Christened: February 2006
In service: 2006–present
Status: in service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Vista class cruise ship
Tonnage: 82,500 gross tonnage (GT)
Length: 936 ft (285.3 m)
Beam: 105.8 ft (32.2 m)
Decks: 11 passenger decks
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; two ABB Azipod units
  • maximum 24-knot (44 km/h),
  • service 22-knot (41 km/h)
Capacity: 1,916 passengers
Crew: 800 crew
Notes: [1][2]


The ship is powered by a CODAG arrangement of five diesel generators (3 x 16,000 HP units, and 2 x 12,000 HP units) and one gas turbine (18,000 HP), for a total power output of approximately 62.6MW (84,000 HP). The power generated is used both for propulsion, via two 17.5MW (23,467 HP) ABB Azipods, and the ship's "hotel load," which includes HVAC and freshwater production. She is capable of producing 1,700 tons (450,000 gallons) of fresh water daily via desalinization, although average consumption is only around 750 tons/day (200,000 gallons). The ship consumes approximately 216 tons/day (57,000 U.S. gallons) of heavy fuel oil, and 90 tons/day (23,000 U.S. gallons) of marine gas oil, at peak power production. She can achieve a maximum speed of approximately 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph).


  1. "Vessel details Noordam". 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  2. "Fast Fact Sheet — MS Noordam" (PDF). Holland America Line. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
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