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ms Amsterdam

ms Amsterdam Review and Specifications

Specifications of ms Amsterdam

Year built2000  /  Age : 19
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
Building costUSD 400 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorHolland America Line
Speed25 kn / 46 kph / 29 mph
Length (LOA)237 m / 778 ft
Beam (width)31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage62735 gt
Passengers1380 - 1656
Passengers-to-space ratio38
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsMS Rotterdam (identical), MS Zaandam, MS Volendam
Christened byJanet Olczak-Lanterman

Current itinerary / position of ms Amsterdam

ms Amsterdam current cruise is 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer. The itinerary starts on 09 Sep, 2019 and ends on 23 Sep, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
09 Sep 16:00    Departing from Seattle, Washington hotels
11 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
12 Sep 12:00 - 17:00    Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
13 Sep 08:00 - 22:00    Juneau, Alaska
14 Sep 07:00 - 14:00    Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska
16 Sep 08:00 - 21:00    Anchorage, Alaska
17 Sep 08:00 - 18:00    Homer, Alaska
18 Sep 07:00 - 14:00    Kodiak Island, Alaska
19 Sep 12:30 - 18:00    Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
20 Sep 08:00 - 16:00    Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
22 Sep 13:00 - 23:00    Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
23 Sep 07:00    Arriving in Seattle, Washington hotels

Review of ms Amsterdam

Launched in 2000, ms Amsterdam is the 4th and last Rotterdam (R-class) ship of Holland America, with sisterships ms Rotterdam, and also ms Zaandam and ms Volendam.

History - construction and ownership

Holland America Line (HAL) is a Seattle-based cruise company owned by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). Between 1873-1989, HAL was a Dutch cargo and passenger shipping company operating regular Transatlantic crossings between Holland and the Americas. HAL was founded in 1873 as "Dutch-American Steamship Company" headquartered in Rotterdam Netherlands. In 1989, HAL was acquired by Carnival Corporation for around EUR 530 million. Among the company's assets are the Westmark hotel chain (Alaska-Yukon), Worldwide Shore Services (warehouses-logistics) and Half Moon Cay (Caribbean private island).

Holland America MS Amsterdam cruise ship

The 62,735-ton, 1,380-passenger cruise ship ms Amsterdam has a certain regal note, together with newer conveniences. Holland America travellers still have the opportunity for set-seating dining, though open-seating is also accessible. The cruise liner supports the tradition to serve mugs of warm Dutch pea soup on deck to bundled-up, glacier-gazing cruisers. And the decor in lots of the public areas is anything but understated. An ornate clock in the 3-level atrium is as really a towering piece of art as it is a way to get the running time all over the world - one of the first amenities cruisers see on the vessel and a reminder that Holland America has not forgotten its roots. Size-wise, Amsterdam is solidly in the middle of the Holland America fleet, smaller than the line's Vista and Signature classes and carrying 700 passengers fewer than Eurodam, which is the largest in the lineup. Even on a full voyage, the cruise liner rarely feels crowded, except for the lunch rush at the casual Lido Restaurant on sea days and the irregular, fast-moving line in the La Fontaine basic dining room. The Sea View swimming pool, aft of the Lido Deck, is a quiet retreat that feels like a private oasis.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Amsterdam itinerary program is based on Alaska cruises from Vancouver BC and Anchorage/Seward AK during the summer months. The ship also sails out of Fort Lauderdale FL on a World Voyage.


MS Amsterdam has a total of 691 cabins (of which 173 Suites, no Balcony, 133 Inside rooms) in 26 grades. Most ms Amsterdam staterooms are 140-320-sq.foot oceanview rooms (385). 25% of ship's accommodations have private balcony views. 20 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard ms Amsterdam are the Pinnacle Suites (1180 ft2).

Implemented fleetwide in 2019, "Club Orange" program provides exclusive amenities to Suite passengers booked in categories Neptune and Pinnacle. Bonus perks by this program include:

  • priority services (check-in, disembarkation, tendering, dining reservations)
  • 24-hour concierge service (assistance, information, reservations)
  • exclusive dining venue (serving complimentary Pinnacle Grill breakfast and Dining Room dinner, plus exclusive dishes)
  • dedicated Concierge Desk (Guest Services and Tours)
  • room service (a la carte breakfast menu with complimentary gourmet dishes - including smoked salmon, steak and eggs)
  • sparkling wine (embarkation day), Club Orange tote bag, premium bathrobes (cabin use, available for monogramming and purchasing).
  • Club Orange Restaurant is part of the Main Dining Room (designed as separate VIP dining section).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

La Fontaine is ship's 2-level main restaurant venue, which serves open-seating breakfast and lunch, as well as a blend of flexible and set-seating restaurant-style meals at dinner. Breakfast hours in the MDR vary but start as early as 7:00 a.m. on port days and 8:00 a.m. on sea days, wrapping up by 9:30 a.m. Breakfast fare includes bread, cereals, French toast, blueberry pancakes, corned beef hash, egg dishes and yoghurt parfaits. Portions are on the smaller side, so better opt for a second pastry. Lunch in the MDR is typically limited to an hour per day (from noon to 1:00 p.m. on sea days; closed when the ship is in port for an entire day). If you see a line of guests waiting to be seated, do not be deterred as the line moves fast and the tables are plenty. Lunch fare includes sandwiches, soups, light salads, fish and heartier entrees.

Follows the complete list of ms Amsterdam restaurants and food bars.

  • Pinnacle Grill (86-seat reservations-only seafood/steakhouse restaurant with fine wines selection; free for passengers under 12 yo). The venue transforms into “An Evening at le Cirque” once per cruise via a partnership with NYC “Le Cirque” French restaurant.
  • La Fontaine Restaurant (835-seat, aft Dining Room; features open seating Breakfast and Lunch, two Dinner options – 2 fixed seatings or “Any Time” dining between 5:15 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
  • King’s Room / Queen’s Room (La Fontaine restaurant annexe, reservations-only; for private dining)
  • Terrace Grill (fast food pool bar; complimentary)
  • Lido Restaurant (386-seat complimentary buffet restaurant; offers self-service Breakfast 6:00 a.m. -11 a.m., Lunch 11:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Afternoon Tea, and Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Canaletto Restaurant (Lido Restaurant annexe; operates as an Italian restaurant for Dinner, reservations required).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Activities on ms Amsterdam kick off right after breakfast and go on through the evening hours. There are shows in Queen's Lounge twice per night, ranging from Vegas-style reviews to sets by magicians and comedians. The 2-level Queen's Lounge is quite opulent with its Bob Mackie gowns and a stage framed by a duo of large female statues. The bars onboard feature entertainment at different hours and guests might catch classical music in Explorer's Lounge and singing in Rembrandt's. Both the Ocean Bar and Explorer's are great for pre- or post-dinner cocktails. There is also a wine-tasting bar situated across from Culinary Arts Center (with very limited hours, usually open just an hour during port days and three hours while at sea). The Sports Bar is adjacent to the Casino and is lightly visited. Other amenities include: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("Club Hal"), cruise ship weddings, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry/Self-Serve Laundromats.

Holland America MS Amsterdam cruise ship

Follows the complete list of ms Amsterdam lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Atrium (3-deck high midship open-floor area with live performances)
  • Promenade Deck, Walking Track (jogging is not permitted)
  • Queen’s Lounge (568-seat theatre/main show lounge; also serves Holland America’s enrichment program (via a partnership with BBC Earth)
  • Queen’s Room (La Fontaine annexe used as a meeting room; hosts digital workshops via Microsoft partnership, computer classes, social networks, blogging, photo editing)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery
  • Wine Tasting Bar, Gourmet Shops (bottles available for purchasing, wine sampling)
  • Wajang Theatre & Culinary Arts Centre (124-seat cinema; offers culinary classes and cooking shows presented in demonstration kitchens)
  • Atrium Terrace with boutiques; Atrium Shops (boutiques for duty-free tobaccos and liquor, perfumes, watches, clothing, HAL logo merchandise, souvenirs); Marabella Luxury Shop
  • Ocean Bar (115-seat Atrium bar and lounge, with dance floor and stage for live performances)
  • Monte Carlo Casino (served by Casino Bar and Sports Bar)
  • Amstel Cafe (with dance floor and stage for live entertainment)
  • Rembrandt Lounge (75-seat piano bar)
  • Hudson Room (50-seat meeting room; used as Cards Room)
  • Explorations Cafe (65-seat speciality coffee bar and patisserie; also serves as ship’s Library and Online Centre/Internet computers room)
  • Explorer’s Lounge & Bar (89-seat lounge with bar; classical concert performances)
  • Neptune Lounge (17-seat club venue for Deluxe Suite and Pinnacle guests only)
  • Fitness Center (gym with separate Aerobics Room); 2 jacuzzis
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon; Lido Pool area, served by Lido Bar and Terrace Grill; Sea View Pool area served by Sea View Bar
  • Crow’s Nest (218-seat observation lounge; bar and dance floor; becomes disco at night)
  • Tennis Court; Basketball Court; Shuffleboard
  • Club HAL (kids lounge, complimentary youth programming)
  • The Loft (teens club lounge area, with Video Games Arcade, computers, PlayStations; teen disco)
  • The Oasis (40-seat teen-only outdoor area).

ms Amsterdam wiki

Amsterdam (named after Amsterdam Holland) is Holland America's last R-class liner, with sisterships Rotterdam, Volendam, Zaandam. The Inaugural Cruise/Maiden Voyage was on October 30, 2000. Ship's Godmother was Janet Olczak-Lanterman - Founder of "Cruise Specialists" (brand owned by the US company Travel Leaders Group LLC). Vessel's fuel consumption is 140 tons (39,500 US gallons) per day at 24 mph / 39 kmph cruising speed.

The Amsterdam cruise ship has a fully operational Astrolabe (inclinometer used in the past eras by astronomers and navigators) installed in the Atrium area. This elaborate device is 3-story tall - and working!

In 2015 the liner sailed on a "World Cruise" from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Around The World Voyage ended in Florida, but this time visited Europe (Mediterranean) on a westbound route with Suez Canal transition. Next table shows the ports sequence and times (arrival/departure) of MS Amsterdam's "World Cruise 2019" - 114-day itinerary "Grand World Voyage" roundtrip from Port Everglades.

Date / TimePort
22 Jan 21:00Departing from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida
25 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Santa Marta, Colombia
26 Jan 12:00 - 18:00San Blas Islands, Panama
27 Jan 05:00Panama Canal
27 Jan 20:00Panama City
31 Jan 03:30 - 17:00Salaverry-Trujillo, Peru
01 Feb 10:00Callao-Lima, Peru
04 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Arica, Chile
10 Feb 08:00 - 18:00Easter Island, Chile
13 Feb 08:00 - 12:00Pitcairn Island, UK
16 Feb 08:00Papeete, Tahiti-French Polynesia
17 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Moorea Island, French Polynesia
18 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia
23 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Nukualofa, Tonga
26 Feb 07:00 - 18:00Auckland, New Zealand
27 Feb 07:00 - 19:00Tauranga, New Zealand
01 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Wellington, New Zealand
02 Mar 07:00 - 14:00Picton, New Zealand
05 Mar 07:00Sydney, NSW Australia
09 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Townsville, Queensland Australia
10 Mar 09:00 - 19:00Cairns, Queensland Australia
14 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Darwin, NT Australia
17 Mar 07:00 - 16:00Komodo Island, Indonesia
18 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Benoa, Bali Indonesia
20 Mar 07:00 - 18:00Semarang, Java Indonesia
22 Mar 10:00Singapore
27 Mar 06:00 - 18:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
29 Mar 08:00 - 18:00Cochin, India
31 Mar 07:00Mumbai, India
04 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Muscat, Oman
10 Apr 08:00Aqaba, Jordan
13 Apr 06:00 - 06:00Suez Canal
16 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Naples, Italy
18 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Barcelona, Spain
20 Apr 07:00 - 17:00Cadiz, Spain
21 Apr 09:00 - 18:00Lisbon, Portugal
22 Apr 08:00 - 16:00Porto-Leixoes, Portugal
24 Apr 07:00 - 17:00Cherbourg, France
25 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Zeebrugge, Bruges, Belgium
26 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Amsterdam, Holland
28 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Copenhagen, Denmark
29 Apr 10:00 - 18:00Oslo, Norway
01 May 08:00 - 18:00Flam, Norway
03 May 08:00 - 18:00Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland
04 May 10:00 - 23:00Belfast, Northern Ireland
05 May 10:30 - 22:00Dublin, Ireland
06 May 10:00 - 23:00Cobh-Cork, Ireland
07 May 08:00 - 17:00Glengarriff, Ireland
16 May 07:00Arriving in Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida

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ms Amsterdam Itineraries

The below listed ms Amsterdam cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Holland America fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Aug 26 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2019 Sep 09 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer Seattle
2019 Sep 23 1 day, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle $38
2019 Sep 23 21 days, one-way from Seattle to Callao Seattle
2019 Sep 23 35 days, one-way from Seattle to San Diego Seattle
2019 Sep 24 6 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver $345
2019 Sep 24 20 days, one-way from Vancouver to Callao Vancouver
2019 Sep 24 34 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver $2474
2019 Sep 30 28 days, round-trip Incan Empires San Diego
2019 Oct 14 14 days, one-way from Callao to San Diego Callao $1028
2019 Oct 28 51 days, round-trip Tales Of The South Pacific San Diego $6830
2019 Dec 18 17 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $1286
2020 Jan 04 129 days, round-trip Grand World Voyage Fort Lauderdale $24999
2020 May 26 11 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Montreal Fort Lauderdale $1199
2020 Jun 06 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1099
2020 Jun 13 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1099
2020 Jun 20 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1099
2020 Jun 27 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1099
2020 Jul 04 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1099
2020 Jul 11 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1099
2020 Jul 18 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1199
2020 Jul 25 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1199
2020 Aug 01 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1199
2020 Aug 08 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1199
2020 Aug 15 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1199
2020 Aug 22 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1199
2020 Aug 29 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1199
2020 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1199
2020 Sep 12 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1299
2020 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1399
2020 Sep 26 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1399
2020 Oct 03 79 days, one-way from Boston to Fort Lauderdale Boston $13299
2020 Oct 08 74 days, round-trip Grand Africa Voyage Fort Lauderdale $13299
2020 Dec 21 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $2449
2021 Jan 04 129 days, round-trip Grand World Voyage Fort Lauderdale $22499

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