ms Westerdam

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ms Westerdam current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 27.37449 N / -115.27647 W) cruising en route to Los Angeles. The AIS position was reported 14 minutes ago.

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Specifications of ms Westerdam

Year built2004  /  Age: 17
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
ClassVista
Building costUSD 430 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorHolland America Line
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)290 m / 951 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage82348 gt
Passengers1968 - 2362
Crew817
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks11
Cabins984
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2020
Sister-shipsMS Noordam, MS Oosterdam, MS Zuiderdam
Christened byRenee Soutendijk
HAL-Holland America Line Coronavirus update

ms Westerdam Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 May 08 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $649
2022 May 15 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $649
2022 May 22 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $679
2022 May 29 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $709
2022 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2022 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2022 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $949
2022 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $949
2022 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $1049
2022 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $1049
2022 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $949
2022 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $949
2022 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $949
2022 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2022 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2022 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $859
2022 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $819
2022 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $799
2022 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $729
2022 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $729
2022 Sep 25 29 days, one-way from Seattle to Yokohama Seattle $3229
2022 Sep 25 15 days, one-way from Seattle to Yokohama Seattle $1499
2022 Oct 10 28 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $3519
2022 Oct 10 14 days, round-trip Japan Russia Yokohama $1899
2022 Oct 24 14 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $1799
2022 Oct 24 28 days, one-way from Yokohama to Singapore Yokohama $3419
2022 Nov 07 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong $1799
2022 Dec 05 28 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $3629
2022 Dec 05 14 days, round-trip Indonesian Discovery Singapore $1819
2022 Dec 19 28 days, round-trip The Philippines, Malaysia Far East Collector Singapore $3679
2022 Dec 19 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $1999
2023 Jan 02 28 days, round-trip The Philippines, Malaysia Far East Collector Hong Kong $3459
2023 Jan 02 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong $1869
2023 Jan 16 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $1769
2023 Jan 16 28 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama Singapore $3459
2023 Jan 30 28 days, round-trip China Explorer, Japan, Taiwan The Philippines Hong Kong $3499
2023 Jan 30 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong $1869
2023 Feb 13 28 days, round-trip Japan, Taiwan, The Philippines China Collector Yokohama $3419
2023 Feb 13 14 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $1799
2023 Feb 27 28 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong $3699
2023 Feb 27 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong $1799
2023 Mar 13 28 days, round-trip Japan Explorer Southern Japan Collector Yokohama $4149
2023 Mar 13 14 days, round-trip Japan Explorer Yokohama $2099
2023 Mar 27 28 days, round-trip Southern Japan Russia Collector Yokohama $4499
2023 Mar 27 14 days, round-trip Southern Japan Yokohama $2269
2023 Apr 10 27 days, one-way from Yokohama to Seattle Yokohama $4129
2023 Apr 10 14 days, round-trip Japan Russia Yokohama $2469
2023 Apr 24 13 days, one-way from Yokohama to Seattle Yokohama $1869
2023 May 07 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $799
2023 May 14 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $799
2023 May 21 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $799
2023 May 28 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2023 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2023 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2023 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2023 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2023 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2023 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2023 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2023 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2023 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $999
2023 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2023 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2023 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $899
2023 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $849
2023 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $799
2023 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $799
2023 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $799
2023 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $799

ms Westerdam Review

Review of ms Westerdam

The 2004-built MS Westerdam cruise ship is the 3rd Vista-class Holland America liner, with sisterships ms Oosterdamms Noordamms Zuiderdam.

The vessel (IMO number 9226891) is currently Netherlands-flagged (MMSI 244128000) and registered in Rotterdam.

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 Westerdam cruise ship

The 2000-passenger ship Westerdam balances the duty to honour cruise traditions with adding just enough advanced conveniences to keep things stylish and modern, with comfortable dining venues, various onboard facilities, larger-than-average cabins, and, most of all, with the gentle service of ship's crew members. Westerdam's restaurants provide an option of traditional seating scenarios as well as open, more versatile ones. Passengers might still learn how to mix a martini cocktail or create a flower arrangement, but they might also take computer classes which range from an introduction to e-mail to editing digital photography. Cruisers might watch a chef (the vessel's or an expert from Holland America Line's Food & Wine Magazine partnership) represent a recipe, or they might take part in small group clusters which actually get to make fantastic Food Network-like Culinary Arts Center cuisine.

Decks and Cabins

MS Westerdam staterooms (984 total, in 30 grades) include 162 Suites, 479 Balconies, 181 Oceanviews, 162 Inside cabins. Most staterooms are sized 170-205 ft2 (16-19 m2). Nearly 70% of all passenger cabins have private step-out balconies. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 28. The largest accommodations are the Pinnacle Suites (1000 ft2 / 93 m2, with terrace sized 320 ft2 / 30 m2).

The boat has 11 passenger decks, of which 7 are with cabins.

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 a separate VIP dining section).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Westerdam's Vista Dining Room is a 2-deck venue at the aft end of the vessel. One deck is allocated for the guests who choose conventional fixed-seating dining and the other for open seating (passengers can either make a reservation or simply walk in). For those who prefer to be seated at small or large tables should use the reservation system. Three themed teas - Cupcake, Indonesian and Royal Dutch - are served once during a sailing. Holland America's Lido buffet rates among the best organized at sea. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks, the spot is in bright, jazzy colors with seating in the main pool area under a magrodome cover (sliding glass roof) and on the adjacent aft deck. Food is arranged in themed stations that serve up sandwiches made to order, salads, pizza, sushi, stir-fries and typical hot fare. Thus, you don't have to wait behind a passenger picking through the salad bar if you want to move on to the meat station.

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

  • Pinnacle Grill (148-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.
  • Vista Restaurant (1120-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.)
  • Terrace Grill (fast food pool bar; complimentary)
  • Lido Restaurant (420-seat complimentary buffet restaurant; offers self-service Breakfast 6-11 am, Lunch 11:30-2 pm, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner 5:30-8 pm)
  • Canaletto Restaurant (Lido Restaurant annex; operates as an Italian restaurant for Dinner, reservations required)
  • Slice (poolside Pizzeria, complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Queen's Lounge, which is an alternative lounge/theatre on Vista Class ships, had a makeover and was transformed into The Culinary Arts Center by day, featuring permanent cooking and viewing equipment to instruct guests on the preparation of various dishes. The Culinary Arts Center is operated via a partnership with Food & Wine magazine and offers wine tastings ($15), cocktail tastings and mixology classes, as well as cooking, cake decorating, garnishing and flower arranging classes. The Queen's Lounge offers musical performances with B.B. King's Blues Club experience for five nights per week. The Digital Workshop, powered by Microsoft, is a dedicated computing education venue, with two rows of computers fronting a big, wall-mounted monitor hooked into the computer of the instructor, to graphically demonstrate each step. 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 Westerdam cruise ship

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

  • Atrium (3-deck high midship open-floor area with live performances)
  • Vista Lounge (846-seat theatre/main show lounge; also serves Holland America’s enrichment program (via a partnership with BBC Earth)
  • Piano Bar; Sports Bar; Pinnacle Bar (38-seat wine bar); Ocean Bar (Atrium bar and lounge, with dance floor and stage for live performances)
  • Northern Lights Disco & Nightclub
  • Queen’s Lounge & Culinary Arts Centre (with live band entertainment, cooking shows, culinary classes; via a partnership with “Food & Wine Magazine”)
  • Explorer’s Lounge & Bar (lounge with bar; classical concert performances)
  • Meeting Rooms (Hudson, Half Moon, Stuyvesant)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery
  • Casino (served by Casino Bar and Sports Bar)
  • Screening Room (40-seat indoor cinema); Erasmus Room (24-seat library)
  • Atrium Shops (boutiques for duty-free tobaccos and liquor, perfumes, watches, clothing, HAL logo merchandise, souvenirs); Marabella Luxury Shop
  • Explorations Cafe (specialty coffee bar and patisserie; also serves as ship’s Library and Online Centre/Internet computers room)
  • Neptune Lounge (club venue for Deluxe Suite and Pinnacle guests only)
  • Fitness Center (gym with separate Aerobics Room); 5 jacuzzis
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon; Lido Pool area, served by Lido Bar and Terrace Grill; Sea View Pool area served by Sea View Bar; The Retreat (adults-only)
  • Crow’s Nest (observation lounge; bar and dance floor; becomes disco at night)
  • Sport Court (basketball, volleyball, soccer); Promenade Deck, Walking Track
  • Club HAL (kids lounge, complimentary youth programming)
  • The Loft (teens club lounge area, with Video Games Arcade, computers, PlayStations; teen disco).

Itineraries

MS Westerdam itinerary program is based on Alaska cruises from Seattle WA in the summer. The ship also offers Eastern Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale and Panama Canal transits on repositioning.

In the period September 2018 through April 2019, the ship is deployed in Asia for a total of 10 itineraries ranging 10-31 days and visiting China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam. Asian season starts with 14-day Pacific crossing from Vancouver to Yokohama Japan.

Back-to-back cruises can be booked as longer "Collectors Voyage". Combining two B2B itineraries, "Asia Collectors Voyages" range between 23-31 days. "Grand Asia Voyage" (82-day Pacific circumnavigation) departs September 30, 2018, as a roundtrip from LA with all 33 port calls and 6 overnights.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Westerdam ship was paused for 2+ years (March 2020 thru May 2022). Operations restarted on May 8, 2022, with 7-day Alaskan roundtrips (from Seattle) followed by Asian deployment (homeporting in Hong Kong China, and Yokohama Japan).

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During a major drydock refit in 2007, Holland America Westerdam ship was stretched by adding a 130 ft / 40 m long midsection. One of HAL's "compass ships", Westerdam is company's 2nd Vista-class liner, with sisterships NoordamOosterdamZuiderdam. Wester means "West" (in Dutch).

Ship's Inaugural Cruise/Maiden Voyage was on April 25, 2004. Ship's Godmother was Renette Pauline Soutendijk (aka Renee Soutendijk) - 1957-born Dutch actress. Ship's interior design theme is Dutch exploration - numerous sculptures, statues and paintings of famous Dutch ships. In its Atrium area, Westerdam has a cut-glass Dutch sailing ship sculpture. This HAL ship's art collection includes many pre-Columbian artefacts (including 5000-year-old carved figures imported from Ecuador), and also many contemporary artists signature sculptures and paintings. During its 2007 extensive refurbishment, 34 cabins were added, and major refits were done to several public areas.

Westerdam is HAL's 3rd vessel with this name. The 1st ship was in service for the company in 1946-1965 (scrapped in Spain). Curious fact about this liner (combined cargo-passenger vessel with numerous first-class cabins) is that it was sunk 3 times during WW2 (before the maiden voyage in 1946) - in 1942 (by Allied forces), and in 1944 and 1945 (by the Dutch resistance). MS Westerdam I operated Transatlantic crossings monthly (between Rotterdam and NYC). The second Westerdam ship was launched 1986 under the brand Homeric (Home Lines), HAL acquired the company in 1988, and in 1989 the vessel underwent a major drydock refit (was lengthened by 130 ft / 40 m). After 13 years in HAL service, in 2002 this vessel was transferred to Costa Cruises (renamed Costa Europa), then chartered/leased to Thomson UK (Marella Cruises) as Marella Dream.

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