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Zaandam

The musically-themed Zaandam cruise ship has always offered guests a unique onboard atmosphere. Her décor includes artifacts and memorabilia representing various musical genres, from a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ in the atrium, to guitars signed by rock icons The Rolling Stones. With guest-pleasing state-of-the-art facilities and public areas, unparalleled services and amenities and unforgettable shore excursions, this will be the holiday of a lifetime.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 04/05/2000
Tonnage 60906
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 28
Number Of Decks 10
Number Of Elevators 12
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 2
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 1440
Crew 647
Refurbished 01/04/1010

Ship Facilities

What better way to enhance your onboard experience than with the opportunity to sample a range of delicious food from all over the world. With casual restaurants and more formal settings, the perfect mealtime is waiting for you onboard Zaandam.

  • The Dining Room - the main restaurant onboard, featuring both classic dishes and regional specialities.
  • Lido Market - the ship’s buffet restaurant. Here, guests can enjoy food stations ranging from gourmet salads to global cuisine and decadent desserts.
  • Pinnacle Grill - expect premium ingredients and boutique wines at this speciality restaurant.
  • Canaletto - enjoy a taste of authentic Italian cuisine no matter where in the world you are.
  • Dive-In - sometimes you just need a bit of comfort food and when this feeling hits, look no further than the burgers and hot dogs at Dive-In.

In addition, for those mealtimes when you just can’t quite muster up the energy to leave your cabin, there’s room service available around the clock, meaning that you’ll never go hungry, even if it’s the middle of the night!

Offering everything from Lavish Las Vegas-style production shows to a casino and various bars, no night onboard Zaandam will be the same.

VenueAbout
Casino ActionSee if you can win big on the slot machines or games tables
The MainstageShowcasing some of the best comedy, singing and dancing at sea.
World StageImmersive entertainment at its best.
Ocean BarPost-dinner drinks with a view
Lido BarEnjoy a beer by the pool
Crow’s NestA hub for night-time entertainment, guests can enjoy drinks in this popular spot looking out of floor-to-ceiling windows.

Holland America Line likes to ensure that every member of the family is included in the fun of the cruise, which is why they have several clubs and dedicated spaces specially for the younger guests onboard:

  • Club Hal® supervised by fun full-time directors and staff
  • Colourful playroom for children aged 3-7, featuring art tables, big-screen TVs and games
  • Separate area for ages 8-12 with arcade games, Sony Playstation® games and ""Dance Dance Revolution""
  • The Loft and The Oasis - special teens-only areas with lounges, internet access and an exclusive sundeck with waterfall

Spa and Fitness

Have you been meaning to go to the salon or spa, but haven’t quite found the time at home? If this sounds like you, Greenhouse Spa & Salon has everything you need to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Boasting treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool a sauna and a steam room, all you need to do is sit back and let your stresses melt away.

For guests who are into fitness, there are also plenty of facilities to keep them occupied. The state-of-the-art gym with exercise machines and free weights allows you to follow your fitness regime at sea while group classes help you with your workout or try something new in a fun way while meeting new people. Meanwhile, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts are a fun alternative if you want to stay active and take part in some head-to-head action.

Recreation

Daytimes onboard Zaandam are as fun-packed as the destinations you can visit and the nights you spend on the ship. If you enjoy a bit of retail therapy, the luxury-duty free shops will be perfect for you, whether you’re picking up a treat for loved ones or just a little something for yourself. There’s also the nearby Explorations Café which has books, music and puzzles to provide a tranquil escape from the crowds.

Alternatively, if you’d like to be in amongst the hustle and bustle, the pool deck is always a popular spot during the cruise and hosts fun activities throughout the day. For those wanting to further enrich their cruise experience, there are even more opportunities for daytime entertainment since the introduction of Holland America Line's EXC (Explorations Central). This concept includes incredible destination-focused features, such as interactive port maps, customised guidance from local experts, an extensive library, and a TV channel devoted to showing films and documentaries about the various places on the itinerary, meaning guests can arrive at the destinations fully clued up on the history and culture of each region.

Customer reviews for Zaandam

An amazing cruise! So many highlights despite extremely rough seas at the beginning but with excellent navigation made by the Captain we were kept safe and escaped even rougher seas by sheltering in inside channels. Loved sailing through Glacier alley, Darwin channel and around Cape Horn. It was good to hear the ships horn blast as we passed the Horn and it was a nice touch to be given a certificate to say that we had been around the Horn. The cruise director Kevin gave very informative talks about each place we visited and the ship had very good evening entertainment on the stage on deck 5. As we left the ship there was a line up of staff from the ship including Kevin to see us off and we thought this was a very personal touch.

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My friend and I enjoyed every minute of our cruise on board Zaandam, sailing from Chile around Cape Horn and finishing in Buenos Aires. The vast majority of the staff team were excellent and looked after us well. Small criticisms were: The shore excursions are very expensive The food and service in the dining room was not as good as previous experiences with P&O on Oriana The wine was expensive The ship is getting a wee bit dated That said, I would sail with HAL again, even on Zaandam.

The ship was fine and the service was good.enjoyed all the amenities and the staff were very helpful