MS Maasdam

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MS Maasdam was built at the Italian Fincantieri shipyards and came into service for Holland America in 1993, she is sister ship to both the MS Statendam and the MS Ryndam,the ship is named after a dam located on the Maas River in the Netherlands and is the fifth ship to bear this name in Holland America Line's 135-year history.

On board there are five cabin types consisting of Interior, Ocean-view, Lanai, Vista and Neptune,with addition options within each type.

the main dining areas include the Rotterdam Dining Room offering Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options, and the Pinnacle Grill which is a more sophisticated dining experience with its inspired seafood dishes, premium Sterling Silver Beef® and select wines, the ship also has a  Culinary Arts Centre with gourmet presentations, tasting events and intimate cooking classes.


some of the maasdam's entertainment facilities include dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts in the Rembrandt Show Lounge, the fashionable crow’s nest nightclub with its breathtaking views of the ever changing vista, a well equipped fitness centre, and for younger passengers there’s exciting youth and teen friendly activities and facilities for guests ages 3 to 17 including Club HAL® where Children, ages 3-7, can participate in such activities as pirate treasure hunts, hands-on pizza making, storytelling etc, for older children there are suitable activities such as xbox and wii tournaments in the games room.

Also available on the ship is the Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. these are Free workshops led by Microsoft-trained "techsperts" will show even the most novice camera or computer user how to take better vacation photos, make movies, edit pictures and create scrapbooks using a variety of Microsoft Windows and Windows Live services.



Onboard Entertainment and Facilities


Pools tick-icon whirlpools tick-icon
Flowrider  Cross-icon  Rock wall  Cross-icon 
Restaurants & Bars  tick-icon  Shops  tick-icon 
Fast Food  tick-icon  Room Service  tick-icon 
Nightclub or Disco  tick-icon  Lounge  tick-icon 
Theater  tick-icon Cafe's  tick-icon
Casino  tick-icon  Piano Bar  tick-icon 
Pursers desk  tick-icon  Excursion desk  tick-icon 
Library  tick-icon  Photo shop  tick-icon 
Card room  tick-icon  Medical room  tick-icon 
Laundry room  tick-icon Sauna/steam room  tick-icon
Gym  tick-icon Childrens activity clubs  tick-icon
Babysitting service  tick-icon Video games room  tick-icon
Sports facilities  tick-icon Outdoor movie theater  Cross-icon



Ship Specifications



  • Size: Medium
  • Length: 721 feet
  • Beam: 101 feet
  • Speed:  22 Knots
  • Tonnage: 55,575
  • Decks: 10
  • Crew: 580
  • Passengers: 1,258
  • Maiden Voyage: 1993  
  • Christened: December 1993
  • Godmother: June Allyson


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Nautical Phrase's

Cut and Run: If a captain of a small ship encountered a large enemy vessel he would order the crew to cut the lashings on all the sails and run away.

Freeze the balls of off a brass monkey: On ships, cannon balls were sometimes stacked on a flat plate what was called a monkey, usually made from brass. When it got really cold the monkey would contract making some of the cannon balls fall off.

Over a barrel: the main method of punishment aboard ship was flogging which usually involved the sailor being tied over the barrel of a deck cannon whilst the punishment was administered.

Pipe down: was the last signal from the Bosun's pipe each day which meant "lights out" and "silence".

Rummage Sale: comes from the french word "arrimage" meaning ship's cargo any damaged cargo would be sold at a rummage sale.

Bamboozle: from the Spanish custom of hoisting false flags to deceive confuse or bamboozle the enemy

Fealing Groggy: sailors received a daily ration of rum which was diluted with water this mixture was known as Grog,A sailor who drank too much grog was “groggy”.

No room to swing a cat: if a sailor was to receve punishment The entire ship’s company was required to witness the flogging, members of The crew might crowd around so that the Bosun’s Mate might not have enough room to swing his cat o’ nine tails.

Footloose: The bottom portion of a sail is called the foot. If it is not secured properly, it is footloose and it flaps about randomly in the wind.