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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)
ClassRotterdam
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
Crew647
Passengers-to-space ratio38
Decks10
Cabins690
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 51 days, round-trip Tales Of The South Pacific. The itinerary starts on 28 Oct, 2019 and ends on 18 Dec, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
28 Oct 23:00    Departing from San Diego, California hotels
03 Nov 06:00 - 22:00    Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii
04 Nov 08:00 - 18:00    Lahaina, Maui Island, Hawaii
05 Nov 07:00 - 17:00    Nawiliwili, Lihue, Kauai Island, Hawaii
06 Nov 10:00 - 20:00    Hilo, Hawaii Island
07 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island
11 Nov 08:00 - 14:00    Fanning Island, Line Islands, Kiribati
14 Nov 08:00 - 18:00    Pago Pago, Tutuila Island, American Samoa
16 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Apia, Upolu Island, Samoa
18 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Savusavu, Vanua Levu Island
19 Nov 08:00 - 23:59    Suva, Fiji
20 Nov 07:00 - 17:00    Dravuni Island, Fiji
21 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Lautoka, Fiji
23 Nov 07:00 - 18:00    Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
24 Nov 08:00 - 18:00    Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu
25 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Mystery Island, Aneityum, Vanuatu
28 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Nukualofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
29 Nov 08:00 - 17:00    Alofi, Niue Island
29 Nov 08:00 - 15:00    Vavau, Neiafu, Tonga
01 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands NZ
03 Dec 08:00 - 23:00    Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
04 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Raiatea Island, Uturoa, French Polynesia
05 Dec 08:00 - 06 Dec 05:00    Papeete, Tahiti Island, French Polynesia
06 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Moorea Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia
07 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
08 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Fakarava Atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
10 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Nuku Hiva Island, Marquesas, French Polynesia
18 Dec 07:00    Arriving in San Diego, California 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.

Cabins

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).

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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!

World Cruises 2019-2021

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

Next table shows Holland America Line's ever-longest world cruise (MS Amsterdam's 129-day "Grand World Voyage 2021" itinerary) as call ports and port stay times (arrival/departure). Prices started from USD 22700 pp (double-occupancy Interior Cabin rates).

Date / TimePort
04 Jan 17:00Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida
08 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Scarborough, Tobago
10 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Iles du Salut, French Guiana
12 Jan 06:00 - 10:00Macapa, Brazil
13 Jan 11:00 - 18:00Santarem, Brazil Amazon
14 Jan 07:00 - 14:00Boca da Valeria, Brazil Amazon
15 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Manaus, Brazil Amazon
16 Jan 10:00 - 18:00Parintins, Brazil Amazon
17 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Santarem, Brazil Amazon
21 Jan 08:00 - 17:00St Georges, Grenada
23 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles
25 Jan 05:00 - 05:00Panama Canal
27 Jan 08:00 - 18:00Quepos, Costa Rica
31 Jan 08:00 - 17:00Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Riviera
07 Feb 07:00 - 22:30Hilo, Hawaii Island
08 Feb 08:00 - 20:00Lahaina, Maui Island, Hawaii
09 Feb 07:00 - 17:00Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii
15 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Marshall Islands
18 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Chuuk Lagoon Islands, Micronesia
20 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Guam Island, Apra Harbor, Marianas
21 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Saipan Island, Marianas
25 Feb 08:00 - 17:00Ishigaki Island, Sakishima, Japan
26 Feb 08:00 - 23:00Naha, Okinawa Island, Japan
01 Mar 08:00 - 02 Mar 18:00 (overnight)Tokyo, Japan
03 Mar 07:00 - 14:00Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan
04 Mar 08:00 - 05 Mar 17:00 (overnight)Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan
07 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Fukuoka, Hakata, Japan
09 Mar 08:00 - 17:00Dalian, China
10 Mar 08:00 - 11 Mar 18:00 (overnight)Tianjin, Beijing, China
14 Mar 09:00 - 15 Mar 18:00 (overnight)Shanghai, China
18 Mar 08:00 - 19 Mar 15:30 (overnight)Hong Kong, China
21 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Da Nang, Hue, Vietnam
23 Mar 06:00 - 18:00Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
25 Mar 08:00 - 26 Mar 17:00 (overnight)Singapore
30 Mar 08:00 - 23:00Colombo, Sri Lanka
02 Apr 06:00 - 03 Apr 17:00 (overnight)Mumbai, Bombay, India
06 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Fujairah, UAE
07 Apr 07:00 - 23:00Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE
08 Apr 08:00 - 23:00Abu Dhabi, UAE
10 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Muscat, Oman
12 Apr 08:00 - 17:00Salalah, Oman
17 Apr 07:00 - 18 Apr 23:00 (overnight)Aqaba, Jordan
20 Apr 06:00 - 06:00Suez Canal
21 Apr 08:00 - 23:00Ashdod, Jerusalem, Israel
22 Apr 08:00 - 22:30Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel
24 Apr 08:00 - 18:00Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey
25 Apr 16:00 - 26 Apr 16:00 (overnight)Istanbul, Turkey
27 Apr 11:00 - 23:00Mykonos Island, Greece
28 Apr 07:00 - 17:00Piraeus, Athens, Greece
30 Apr 08:00 - 19:00Naples, Italy
03 May 07:00 - 17:00Malaga, Spain
06 May 08:00 - 17:00Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
13 May 07:00Arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Florida

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 Oct 28 51 days, round-trip Tales Of The South Pacific San Diego
2019 Dec 18 17 days, one-way from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale San Diego $1059
2020 Jan 04 20 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires Fort Lauderdale $3299
2020 Jan 04 58 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Auckland Fort Lauderdale
2020 Jan 04 129 days, round-trip Grand World Voyage Fort Lauderdale $21999
2020 Mar 02 50 days, one-way from Auckland to Cape Town Auckland
2020 May 26 11 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Montreal Fort Lauderdale $1049
2020 Jun 06 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1019
2020 Jun 13 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $999
2020 Jun 20 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1019
2020 Jun 27 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $969
2020 Jul 04 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $999
2020 Jul 11 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1079
2020 Jul 18 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1129
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 $1109
2020 Aug 15 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1149
2020 Aug 22 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1149
2020 Aug 29 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1149
2020 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1249
2020 Sep 12 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1219
2020 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Boston to Montreal Boston $1319
2020 Sep 26 7 days, one-way from Montreal to Boston Montreal $1309
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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