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 byHRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

Current itinerary of ms Amsterdam

ms Amsterdam current cruise is 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale. Prices start from USD 999 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 07 Jan, 2019 and ends on 22 Jan, 2019.

Date / TimePort
07 Jan 17:00      Departing from Los Angeles, Long Beach, California   
10 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Riviera   
12 Jan 10:00 - 18:00     Huatulco, Mexico Riviera   
13 Jan 08:00 - 18:00     Puerto Chiapas, Mexico   
14 Jan 08:00 - 18:00     Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala   
15 Jan 08:00 - 16:00     Corinto, Nicaragua   
16 Jan 08:00 - 18:00     Puntarenas, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica   
18 Jan     Panama Canal   
19 Jan 12:00 - 18:00     Cartagena, Colombia   
22 Jan 07:00      Arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida   

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 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 travelers still have the opportunity for a 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 breads, cereals, French toast, blueberry pancakes, corned beef hash, egg dishes and yogurt 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 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 annex, 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 annex; operates as 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 theater/main show lounge; also serves Holland America’s enrichment program (via partnership with BBC Earth)
  • Queen’s Room (La Fontaine annex 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 specialty 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

  • Holland America Amsterdam cruise ship (named after the city of Amsterdam, Holland) is the line's last R-class vessel. Her sisters in the Holland America fleet are RotterdamVolendamZaandam. The ship's Maiden Voyage was on October 30, 2000, godmother - Janet Lanterman.
  • Fun fact: fuel consumption is 140 t (39,500 gallons) per day at 24mph (39kmph) speed.
  • The Amsterdam ship has a fully operational Astrolabe (an inclinometer, used in the past eras by astronomers and navigators) installed in its atrium area. This elaborate device is 3-story tall - and working!
  • In 2015 the Amsterdam cruise ship 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.

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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
2018 Sep 23 89 days, one-way from Seattle to Los Angeles Seattle
2018 Sep 25 87 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver
2018 Sep 30 82 days, round-trip Grand Asia & Pacific Voyage Los Angeles
2018 Nov 04 47 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Los Angeles Hong Kong
2018 Nov 27 24 days, one-way from Sydney to Los Angeles Sydney
2018 Dec 21 17 days, round-trip Hawaii Holiday Los Angeles$1599
2019 Jan 07 15 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale Los Angeles$999
2019 Jan 22 114 days, round-trip Grand World Voyage Fort Lauderdale
2019 Mar 06 25 days, one-way from Sydney to Mumbai Sydney$4809
2019 Mar 23 26 days, one-way from Singapore to Barcelona Singapore$9399
2019 Apr 01 25 days, one-way from Mumbai to Amsterdam Mumbai$4619
2019 May 16 18 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Seattle Fort Lauderdale$1799
2019 May 16 17 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver Fort Lauderdale$1699
2019 Jun 02 1 day, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle Vancouver$99
2019 Jun 03 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer Seattle$1999
2019 Jun 17 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer Seattle$1999
2019 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip Olivia Ultimate Alaskan Summer Cruise Seattle
2019 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle$1299
2019 Jul 15 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer Seattle$2199
2019 Jul 29 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer Seattle$2199
2019 Aug 12 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer Seattle$2099
2019 Aug 26 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer Seattle$2099
2019 Sep 09 14 days, round-trip Great Alaskan Explorer Seattle$2099
2019 Sep 23 35 days, one-way from Seattle to San Diego Seattle$3999
2019 Sep 23 1 day, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver Seattle$79
2019 Sep 24 34 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver$3899
2019 Sep 24 6 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver$599
2019 Sep 30 28 days, round-trip Incan Empires San Diego$3599
2019 Oct 28 51 days, round-trip Tales Of The South Pacific San Diego$8399
2019 Dec 18 17 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego$3399