MS Zaandam

MS Zaandam is a cruise ship owned and operated by Holland America Line, named for the city of Zaandam, Netherlands near Amsterdam. She was built by Italy’s Fincantieri in Venice, and delivered in 2000. Zaandam is part of the Rotterdam class (R class) and a sister ship to MS Volendam, MS Rotterdam, and MS Amsterdam.

Zaandam in Glacier Bay, Alaska
Name: Zaandam
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Holland America Line
Port of registry:  Netherlands
Yard number: 6036
Laid down: 26 June 1998
Launched: 29 April 1999
Completed: 6 April 2000
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2][3][4]
General characteristics
Class and type: Rotterdam class (R class) cruise ship
Length: 237 m (777.56 ft)
Beam: 32.3 m (105.97 ft)
Decks: 10 decks
Propulsion: Diesel powered
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Capacity: 1,432 passengers
Crew: 615
Notes: [5]


Zaandam has a musical theme and is decorated with artifacts and memorabilia from different musical genres. Items such as a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ and guitars signed by the Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana and Queen can be seen.

One of the center stairways also has a saxophone signed by former United States President Bill Clinton.[6] Although the signature cannot be seen.


Several earlier vessels also bear the name Zaandam: A single-funnel steam ship known as SS Zaandam (1882–1897) and MV Zaandam (1939–1942). The latter was torpedoed by the German submarine U-174 and sank.


MS Zaandam was christened by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, in May 2000.[2]

On 24 June 2018, the  U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 73 people became ill on the Zaandam due to an outbreak of norovirus.[7] The ship was on a voyage from Seattle to Alaska at the time.


Zaandam currently sails through Canada and New England during the summer and during the winter sails Mexico and Hawaii. In December and January, the Zaandam cruises the Antarctic and South America.[8]


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  5. "Onboard Our Ships > Our Ships > ms Zaandam". Holland America Line. 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  6. "Zaandam Ship Details". Cruiseabout. Archived from the original on 11 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  7. "73 sickened on cruise ship that left Seattle for Alaska". KING. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  8. "South America & Antarctica Cruises & Vacations | Holland America". Retrieved 25 June 2018.

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