About Holland America Line
Holland America Line stand for classic cruises experiences with superb food and excellent service. The standard may be compared with competitors such as Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. Though becoming increasingly popular Holland America Line is still an insider tip in Europe. With its international guests and English as the sole onboard language we recommend travelers to have a fairly good command of the English language to make the cruises a pleasant experience.
The Zaandam was commissioned in 2000. With a length of 237 meters and a maximum capacity of 1,432 guests she provides a lot of space per traveler - a trademark on all of Holland America Line's ships. A crew of 615 people takes care of all the guest's needs. As the ship's theme is "music", the "Zaandam" features numerous artefacts of different musical styles such as a saxophone of former U.S. president Bill Clinton.
Atmosphere on board
The "Zaandam" is much more a "classic cruise liner" than a "party vessel" and therefore guests are not the youngest in average – even though families with children are definitely also welcome. On about two nights per week formal "black tie" evenings are held. Participation is not a must though - guests have the possibility to dine in alternative locations where more casual clothing is sufficient.
All staterooms are spacious, comfortably equipped and provide enough storage room for your luggage. Even the smallest inside staterooms have a size of 16m² and come with sofa, small table and a desk. All staterooms are equipped with flatscreen TV and DVD player. Exterior cabins have at least 18m². The exterior "Lanai" cabins have a glass-door leading to the promenade deck. Cabins with balcony provide extraordinary 27m² of space. They do also feature fresh flowers, concierge-service and a DVD library. The suites with a size of at least 51m² include free laundry service, hors d'oeuvres a dinner with the ship's high ranking officers and much more.
Premium mattresses and bed linen as well as several pillow choices are the basis for good sleep. Beds can always be arranged as doubles or twins. Bathing robes are provided in all cabins for the time of the cruise. If you wish a gratuitous basket with fruits will it be brought to your cabin and will be refilled as well. Shoe cleaning service is free of charge.
Food and Beverages
The superb cuisine is surely one of the highlights of every cruise with Holland America Line. Guests can spontaneously choose to dine à la carte in the main restaurant or in the buffet restaurant. For a surcharge the "Pinnacle Grill" is another option with culinary highlights.
Entertainment, Sports and Relaxation
During the day guests may for example enjoy wine-tastings, computer or painting courses, poker tournaments or lectures on the next destinations. In the evening shows and live music provide diversion while you will always be able to find quite places if you prefer a calmer evening.
You are into sports? Go swimming in an outdoor pool that can be turned into an indoor pool with a moveable glass roof. Workout in the gym, jogging on the deck and aerobic or pilates courses are also interesting alternatives. For a more relaxing day guests may enjoy the elegant "Greenhouse Spa".