MS Zaandam

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MS Zaandam is a medium to large sized cruise ship weighing in at just over 61000 tonnes, she is named after the city of Zaandam in the Netherlands, the ship came into service in 2000 after being christened in a naming ceremony with the olson twins acting as godmother.

On board the ship has a musical theme and artefacts and memorabilia from a variety of musical genres decorate the ship including Bill Clinton's saxophone and signed guitars from Queen, Iggy Pop, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones.

MS Zaandam offers four major types of staterooms Interior, Ocean-view, Vista Suites: (Verandah Suites) and Neptune Suites: (Deluxe Verandah Suites), a typical interior cabin comes equipped with Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, Premium massage showerheads, make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, Complimentary fresh fruit on request, Flat-panel TV and DVD player, Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages, Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.

the ship offers a good choice of dining facilities Five-course menus include continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-Carb options are served in the Rotterdam Dining Room or a more sophisticated dining experience can be found at the Pinnacle Grill, this intimate reservations-only venue offers premium Double R Ranch Beef, inspired seafood dishes and a choice of select wines, or relax in the lido restaurant featuring fresh, cooked-to-order meals.

for entertainment there’s all the usual traditional facilities such as a casino, pools and whirlpools, Mondriaan Show Lounge featuring talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts, for younger guests there’s Club HAL®: a dedicated youth facility and activity club for kids ages 3 - 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate and The Loft: designed exclusively for teens (13 - 17) to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age.




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: Large
  • Length: 777 feet
  • Beam: 105 feet
  • Speed: 23 knots
  • Tonnage: 61,396
  • Decks: 10
  • Crew: 615
  • Passengers: 1,432
  • Maiden Voyage: 4 May 2000   
  • Christened: May 2000
  • Godmother: Mary Kate and Ashley Olson


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Nautical Terms

Afterdeck - Deck behind a Ship's Bridge

Bow - The Front of the Ship (pointy bit)

Beam - The Greatest Width of the Ship

Bridge - The Location From Which a Ship is Steered and its Speed Controlled

Cargo Hold - A Space for Storing Cargo

Capstan - Upright Device for Winding in Heavy Ropes or Cables

Davit - Device for Hoisting and Lowering a Boat

Flagstaff - Flag Pole at the Stern of a Ship

Forecastle - The Section of the Upper Deck of a Ship Located at the Bow Forward of the Foremast

Foremast -  Mast nearest to  the Bow of a Ship

Galley - The Kitchen area of a Ship

Helm - Ship's Steering Wheel

Hull - The Main Structure or Body of a Ship

Knot - A Measure of Speed Equal to One Nautical Mile (6076 feet) per Hour