Holland America Lines'


The 55,451-gross-ton ms Maasdam entered service in December 1993. The ship, fifth in Holland America Line's 122-year history to bear the name, is a floating masterpiece of the shipbuilders' art, combining the best of Old World tradition with state-of-the-art modern technology.

The 720-foot-long Maasdam, built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, carries 1,266 guests and a crew of 602.

The Maasdam features a $2 million collection of art and artifacts, continuing a tradition of on-board artwork that has become a trademark of the company's fleet. With the theme of Dutch worldwide exploration, treasures from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries reflect a time of adventure and discovery. Original works of art created especially for the ship also are featured in public rooms and staterooms.

The Maasdam has 10 passenger decks, with duty-free shops and most public rooms conveniently located on Promenade and Upper Promenade decks. The public rooms are large and feature high- quality furnishings and understated elegance.

A three-deck grand atrium, featuring an exquisite, monumental glass sculpture by Luciano Vistosi of Murano, Italy, extends from Lower Promenade Deck to Upper Promenade. An escalator provides convenient access upward to staterooms on Lower Promenade Deck for guests embarking on Main Deck.

Located on Promenade and Upper Promenade Decks, the Rotterdam Dining Room seats 657 on two levels connected by a pair of grand curved staircases. An antique marble fountain from Argentina is the centerpiece of the lower level. A music ledge on Upper Promenade overlooks the main floor. Windows on three sides offer views of the sea off the stern of the ship. Murals by Danish ceramicist Bjorn Wiinblad depicting day and night grace the walls. Adjacent to the upper dining room, two private dining areas -- the King's Room and the Queen's Room -- each seat 44.

At the opposite end of the ship, the two-deck, 600-seat Rembrandt Show Lounge features Broadway-style entertainment. The show room utilizes Delft ceramic tiles made in Holland as a major design element, as well as plush, brocaded fabrics, gold-tinted mirrors and mahogany paneling, to recall the era of 17th Century Dutch master artist Rembrandt van Rijn, whose portrait is etched into the glass doors at the entrance. The show lounge is further accented by computerized fiber optic lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system.

Located on Promenade Deck , the 249-seat Wajang Theater is used for lectures, meetings and religious services, as well as current films. Two other rooms -- the Half Moon and Hudson Room seating a total of 150 -- adjoin the theater and also may be used for meetings and private parties, as well as scheduled activities. Complete audiovisual facilities and other meeting aids are available. Complementing this group of rooms is the 37-seat Java Cafe, offering espresso and cappuccino for informal coffee breaks.

On Upper Promenade Deck, the adjoining Card Room, Puzzle Room and Leyden Library accommodate quieter activities.

The 403-seat Lido Restaurant, which features an extensive buffet for casual dining at breakfast and lunch, is adjacent to the Lido swimming pool, with its bronze sculpture of five leaping dolphins by British artist Susanna Holt, situated beneath a retractable glass dome.

Also on Lido Deck is the fully-equipped, ocean-view Ocean Spa fitness center, which includes the beauty salon/barber shop; massage, sauna and steam rooms; and juice bar.

A second, outdoor, swimming pool is located one deck below Lido Deck on Navigation Deck aft. Above the Lido Deck on Sports Deck, are located two deck tennis courts.

The Maasdam features five lounges: the Rembrandt two-deck showroom, the Ocean Bar, Piano Bar, and the Explorers Lounge on Promenade Deck, and the Crow's Nest, a combined observation lounge and nightclub on Sports Deck overlooking the bow.

The Casino, offering blackjack, Caribbean poker, roulette, dice table and 97 slot machines, also has a bar.

A wide teak deck encircles Lower Promenade Deck, affording space for the ship's comfortable wooden deck chairs, as well as ample room for strolling or walking.

Pictured above is a stateroom with a verandah

The Maasdam features a penthouse suite and 28 suites. Each of the 149 suites and deluxe staterooms has a private verandah, a VCR, whirlpool bath and minibar. All staterooms are equipped with sofas, hairdryers, individually controlled air conditioning, telephone with computerized wakeup service, multi-channel music system and closed circuit television. In each room the beds are convertible from one queen size to two singles. 52 staterooms have connecting doors. Six staterooms are equipped to accommodate physically challenged guests.

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