ms Westerdam

ms Westerdam current position

ms Westerdam current location is at North America West Coast (coordinates 59.17187 N / -139.57199 W) cruising at speed of 21.4 kn (40 kph/ 25 mph) en route to Sitka. The AIS position was reported 13 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of ms Westerdam

ms Westerdam current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer. Prices start from USD 449 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 03 Jul, 2022 and ends on 10 Jul, 2022.

Date / TimePort
03 Jul 15:00    Departing from Seattle, Washington hotels
05 Jul 13:00 - 21:00    Juneau, Alaska
06 Jul 14:00 - 18:00    Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
07 Jul 08:00 - 16:00    Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska
08 Jul 07:00 - 12:00    Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska
09 Jul 20:00 - 23:59    Victoria BC, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
10 Jul 07:00    Arriving in Seattle, Washington hotels

Specifications of ms Westerdam

Year built2004  /  Age: 18
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
ClassVista
Building costUSD 430 million
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 Refurbishment2020-2023
Sister-shipsMS Noordam, MS Oosterdam, MS Zuiderdam
Christened byRenee Soutendijk
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorHolland America Line

ms Westerdam Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $449
2022 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $449
2022 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $449
2022 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $549
2022 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $549
2022 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $499
2022 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $549
2022 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $549
2022 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $499
2022 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $479
2022 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $479
2022 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $479
2022 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $479
2022 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Seattle $449
2022 Oct 02 37 days, one-way from Seattle to Sydney Seattle $3239
2022 Oct 02 52 days, one-way from Seattle to Sydney Seattle $3819
2022 Nov 08 15 days, round-trip Australia New Zealand Sydney $1249
2022 Nov 08 28 days, round-trip New Zealand South Australia Discovery Collector Sydney $2099
2022 Nov 23 13 days, round-trip South Australia Discovery Sydney $1199
2022 Nov 23 27 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $2039
2022 Dec 06 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1199
2022 Dec 20 30 days, one-way from Auckland to Singapore Auckland $2299
2022 Dec 20 14 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1499
2023 Jan 03 16 days, one-way from Sydney to Singapore Sydney $1199
2023 Feb 03 24 days, round-trip Thailand, Andaman Islands, Malaysia Indonesia Singapore $1999
2023 Feb 03 11 days, round-trip Thailand, Andaman Islands Malaysia Singapore $1049
2023 Feb 14 27 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama Singapore $2299
2023 Feb 14 13 days, round-trip Indonesian Discovery Singapore $1299
2023 Feb 27 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama Singapore $1399
2023 Feb 27 28 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama Singapore $2469
2023 Mar 13 28 days, round-trip Japan Explorer Southern Japan Collector Yokohama $3039
2023 Mar 13 14 days, round-trip Japan Explorer Yokohama $1499
2023 Mar 27 28 days, round-trip Southern Japan Collector Yokohama $3799
2023 Mar 27 14 days, round-trip Southern Japan Yokohama $1699
2023 Apr 10 27 days, one-way from Yokohama to Seattle Yokohama $3279
2023 Apr 10 14 days, round-trip Japan Discovery Yokohama $2299
2023 Apr 24 13 days, one-way from Yokohama to Seattle Yokohama $1149
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 All Star Irish Cruise Seattle
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 $999
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 $449
2023 Oct 01 27 days, one-way from Seattle to Yokohama Seattle $2759
2023 Oct 01 14 days, one-way from Seattle to Yokohama Seattle $1049
2023 Oct 15 27 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $3179
2023 Oct 15 13 days, round-trip Japan Discovery Yokohama $1849
2023 Oct 28 28 days, one-way from Yokohama to Singapore Yokohama $2849
2023 Oct 28 14 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $1499
2023 Nov 11 28 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong $2849
2023 Nov 11 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong $1499
2023 Nov 25 28 days, round-trip Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand Collector Singapore $2799
2023 Nov 25 14 days, round-trip Indonesia Discovery Singapore $1499
2023 Dec 09 14 days, round-trip Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand Singapore $1449
2023 Dec 09 28 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $3229
2023 Dec 23 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $1949
2023 Dec 23 28 days, round-trip The Philippines, Malaysia Far East Collector Singapore $3319
2024 Jan 06 28 days, round-trip The Philippines, Malaysia Far East Collector Hong Kong $3039
2024 Jan 06 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong $1549
2024 Jan 20 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore $1649
2024 Jan 20 28 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama Singapore $3129
2024 Feb 03 28 days, round-trip China, Japan, Taiwan The Philippines Collector Hong Kong $3229
2024 Feb 03 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong $1649
2024 Feb 17 14 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $1749
2024 Feb 17 28 days, round-trip Japan, Taiwan, The Philippines China Collector Yokohama $3319
2024 Mar 02 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong $1749
2024 Mar 02 28 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong $3609
2024 Mar 16 14 days, round-trip Southern Japan Yokohama $2049
2024 Mar 16 28 days, round-trip Southern Japan Japan Explorer Collector Yokohama $3889
2024 Mar 30 14 days, round-trip Japan Explorer Yokohama $2049
2024 Mar 30 28 days, round-trip Japan Explorer Discovery Collector Yokohama $4129
2024 Apr 13 29 days, one-way from Yokohama to Seattle Yokohama $3799
2024 Apr 13 14 days, round-trip Japan Discovery Yokohama $2299
2024 Apr 27 15 days, one-way from Yokohama to Seattle Yokohama $1699

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 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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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 to "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).

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