ms Westerdam current position
ms Westerdam current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 49.17789 N / -126.78840 W) cruising at speed of 20.1 kn (37 km/h | 23 mph) en route to Victoria BC. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.All Itineraries Current Position
Current itinerary of ms Westerdam
ms Westerdam current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer. Prices start from USD 789 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 04 Jun, 2023 and ends on 11 Jun, 2023.
|Date / Time||Port|
|04 Jun 15:00||Departing from Seattle, Washington hotels|
|06 Jun 13:00 - 21:00||Juneau, Alaska|
|07 Jun 14:00 - 18:00||Hubbard Glacier, Alaska|
|08 Jun 08:00 - 16:00||Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska|
|09 Jun 07:00 - 13:00||Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska|
|10 Jun 20:00 - 23:59||Victoria BC, Vancouver Island, BC Canada|
|11 Jun 07:00||Arriving in Seattle, Washington hotels|
Specifications of ms Westerdam
|Year of build||2004 / Age: 19|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Marghera, Italy)|
|Building cost||USD 430 million|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 km/h / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||290 m / 951 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||82348 gt|
|Passengers||1968 - 2362|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Sister-ships||MS Noordam, MS Oosterdam, MS Zuiderdam, P&O Arcadia|
|Christened by||Renee Soutendijk|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||Holland America Line|
ms Westerdam Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2023 May 28||7 days, round-trip All Star Irish Cruise||Seattle|
|2023 Jun 04||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$789|
|2023 Jun 11||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$699|
|2023 Jun 18||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$799|
|2023 Jun 25||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$729|
|2023 Jul 02||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$649|
|2023 Jul 09||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$649|
|2023 Jul 16||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$879|
|2023 Jul 23||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$629|
|2023 Jul 30||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$729|
|2023 Aug 06||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$729|
|2023 Aug 13||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$679|
|2023 Aug 20||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$629|
|2023 Aug 27||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$579|
|2023 Sep 03||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$609|
|2023 Sep 10||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$609|
|2023 Sep 17||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$559|
|2023 Sep 24||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$579|
|2023 Oct 01||14 days, one-way from Seattle to Yokohama||Seattle||$819|
|2023 Oct 01||27 days, one-way from Seattle to Yokohama||Seattle||$2339|
|2023 Oct 15||13 days, round-trip Japan Discovery||Yokohama||$1634|
|2023 Oct 15||27 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong||Yokohama||$3719|
|2023 Oct 28||14 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong||Yokohama||$2029|
|2023 Oct 28||28 days, one-way from Yokohama to Singapore||Yokohama||$3739|
|2023 Nov 11||14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore||Hong Kong||$1529|
|2023 Nov 11||28 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore||Hong Kong||$2909|
|2023 Nov 25||14 days, round-trip Indonesia Discovery||Singapore||$1529|
|2023 Nov 25||28 days, round-trip Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand Collector||Singapore||$2819|
|2023 Dec 09||14 days, round-trip Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand||Singapore||$1429|
|2023 Dec 09||28 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$2719|
|2023 Dec 23||14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$1429|
|2023 Dec 23||28 days, round-trip The Philippines, Malaysia Far East Collector||Singapore||$2629|
|2024 Jan 06||14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore||Hong Kong||$1329|
|2024 Jan 06||28 days, round-trip The Philippines, Malaysia Far East Collector||Hong Kong||$2769|
|2024 Jan 20||14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$1579|
|2024 Jan 20||28 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama||Singapore||$2769|
|2024 Feb 03||14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama||Hong Kong||$1329|
|2024 Feb 03||28 days, round-trip China, Japan, Taiwan The Philippines Collector||Hong Kong||$2529|
|2024 Feb 17||14 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong||Yokohama||$1329|
|2024 Feb 17||28 days, round-trip Japan, Taiwan, The Philippines China Collector||Yokohama||$2339|
|2024 Mar 02||14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama||Hong Kong||$1129|
|2024 Mar 02||28 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama||Hong Kong||$2719|
|2024 Mar 16||14 days, round-trip Southern Japan||Yokohama||$1729|
|2024 Mar 16||28 days, round-trip Southern Japan Japan Explorer Collector||Yokohama||$3669|
|2024 Mar 30||14 days, round-trip Japan Explorer||Yokohama||$2129|
|2024 Mar 30||28 days, round-trip Japan Explorer Discovery Collector||Yokohama||$3859|
|2024 Apr 13||14 days, round-trip Japan Discovery||Yokohama||$1929|
|2024 Apr 13||29 days, one-way from Yokohama to Seattle||Yokohama||$2899|
|2024 Apr 27||15 days, one-way from Yokohama to Seattle||Yokohama||$1119|
|2024 May 12||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$714|
|2024 May 19||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$714|
|2024 May 26||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$814|
|2024 Jun 02||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$814|
|2024 Jun 09||28 days, round-trip Alaska Arctic Circle Solstice||Seattle||$12259|
|2024 Jul 07||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$914|
|2024 Jul 14||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$914|
|2024 Jul 21||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$914|
|2024 Jul 28||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$914|
|2024 Aug 04||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$814|
|2024 Aug 11||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$814|
|2024 Aug 18||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$814|
|2024 Aug 25||7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer||Seattle||$764|
|2024 Sep 01||1 day, one-way from Seattle to Vancouver||Seattle||$99|
|2024 Sep 01||53 days, round-trip Majestic Japan||Seattle||$8084|
|2024 Sep 02||52 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seattle||Vancouver||$8084|
|2024 Oct 24||24 days, one-way from Seattle to Sydney||Seattle||$2434|
|2024 Oct 24||59 days, one-way from Seattle to Sydney||Seattle||$6709|
|2024 Nov 17||21 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle||Sydney||$3154|
|2024 Nov 17||35 days, round-trip Australia Circumnavigation||Sydney||$4624|
|2024 Dec 08||14 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney||Fremantle||$2119|
|2024 Dec 22||14 days, round-trip New Zealand Holiday||Sydney||$2079|
|2025 Jan 05||14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland||Sydney||$1679|
|2025 Jan 19||14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney||Auckland||$1829|
|2025 Feb 02||14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland||Sydney||$1829|
|2025 Feb 16||14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney||Auckland||$1829|
|2025 Mar 02||14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland||Sydney||$1829|
|2025 Mar 16||42 days, one-way from Auckland to Vancouver||Auckland||$4684|
|2025 Mar 16||14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney||Auckland||$1929|
|2025 Mar 30||28 days, one-way from Sydney to Vancouver||Sydney||$3004|
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 Oosterdam, ms 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).
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.
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).
Since 2023, all HAL ships have pickleball courts (installed on the top deck) operated via an exclusive partnership with PPA-Professional Pickleball Association. HAL also offers complimentary beginner lessons (led by onboard instructors), sells branded pickleball starter kits (at the ship's retail shops) and Play Pickleball tutorial videos are included in the cabin TV programming.
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, HAL's Westerdam ship was paused for 2+ years (March 2020 thru June 2022). Operations restarted on June 12, 2022, with 7-day Alaskan roundtrips (from Seattle) followed by Asian deployment (homeporting in Hong Kong China, and Yokohama Japan). For winter 2022-2023 (September 25 through March 13) the liner was deployed in Australia and New Zealand and homeported in Sydney NSW.
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ms Westerdam Wiki
One of HAL's "compass ships", Westerdam is company's 2nd Vista-class liner, with sisterships Noordam, Oosterdam, Zuiderdam. Wester means "West" (in Dutch).
The Inaugural Cruise/Maiden Voyage was on April 25, 2004. Ship's Godmother was Renette Pauline Soutendijk (aka Renee Soutendijk) - 1957-born Dutch actress. The 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 artifacts (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.
MS Westerdam refurbishments review
During a major drydock refit in 2007 April, Holland America Westerdam ship was stretched by adding a 130 ft / 40 m long midsection. The refit resulted in the following changes:
- 34x new passenger cabins were added when a whole section was installed aft on decks 6, 7, 8, thus narrowing some of the aft-located balconies.
- Many public spaces were redesigned, and the Sea View Pool area (aft on Lido Deck 9) was expanded.
- Changes were done in the area of Library/Shopping Arcade. The Windstar Cafe and the Internet area were removed, new shops were added.
- The Oak Room was replaced by the Explorations Cafe (added to Crow's Nest /Observation Deck 10).
The drydock refurbishment in 2017 (April 14-26, done by Fincantieri in Palermo Sicily Italy) resulted in the following changes:
- (deck 10) new balcony and inside cabins (a total of 25) were added on Observation Deck 10.
- (decks 1 and 2) Vista Lounge (the ship's theatre) was renamed "The Main Stage".
- (deck 2) Lincoln Center Stage (chamber music hall) was added starboard. Sports Bar was transformed into Billboard Onboard.
- (deck 11) The Retreat (adult sundeck area) was added on Sports Deck 11 (replacing the two Canvas Cover areas there).
General maintenance drydocks (by Sembcorp Marine in Singapore) were conducted in 2020 (January) and 2023 (January-February). During drydock 2023, ALMACO Group was awarded the turnkey contract to modernize the ship's galley/kitchen areas. Almaco's contract included adding flight-type/rack-type dishwashers in the Lido Market's pot wash area (aft on Deck 9) as well as replacing various equipment. Curiously, to access the pot washing area, yard workers had to cut a hole in the bulkhead and to remove/replace the interior in the Vista Dining Room (lower level on Deck 2) situated on the other side of the bulkhead.
Note: ALMACO Group (1998-founded, Kaarina Finland-based company) specializes in turnkey projects for newbuild cruise ships and modernization of marine and offshore catering, stateroom and laundry areas.