Holland America’s Westerdam Cruise Ship Tour – Holland America Line


Shown as built, Holland America Line’s 2004-built MV Westerdam measures 82,500 gross tons and carries 1,916 guests. A combination passenger ship and cargo liner, the first Westerdam was completed in 1946. Shown here in a painting by marine artist Stephen Card (whose works are in the ship’s forward stairtower), it was scrapped in 1965. The second Westerdam, also shown in a Stephen Card portrait, was built for now-defunct Home Lines as the Homeric in 1986. Currently operating as U.K.-based Thomson Cruises’ Thomson Dream, It became the Westerdam in 1988 and sailed for HAL until 2002. The third and current Westerdam is 950 feet long by 106 feet wide with a draft of 26 feet and was slightly enlarged with additional staterooms, giving it a more vertical stern in 2007. Westerdam is manned by a crew of 800 and has five diesel engines plus one gas turbine that drive twin Azipods at a service speed of 22 knots (24 maximum). The third in HAL’s Vista Class of ships named for the four compass points, Westerdam was built by the Marghera (near Venice)-based yard of Italian state-operated Fincantieri. Westerdam’s godmother Renée Soutendijk is a celebrated Dutch film actress who starred in a number of well -known art house movies including “The Fourth Man,” “Spetters” and “Eve Of Destruction.” The ship has 11 passenger decks and 14 elevators, including pairs of panoramic lifts on either side that face the sea through a wall of tinted glass. The uppermost passenger level, Sports Deck (11), begins with a screened-in observation and sunning terrace at the base of the radio mast. This is the port side of the forward portion of Sports Deck. Sports Deck continues aft of the funnels with a games court for basketball, soccer and paddle tennis. Here is a view overlooking the Sea View Pool area from the games court. The next level, Observation Deck (10), begins with a narrow open terrace overlooking the bow. Shaded areas with teak furniture begin the midships portion of Observation Deck. A teak-lined jogging track on Observation Deck surrounds the Magrodome-covered midships Lido Pool area. Observation Deck continues on either side of the funnels with teak-covered walkways and sunning areas. The midships portion of Lido Deck (9) boasts a large pool, three Jacuzzis, the Lido Bar and the casual Terrace Grill eatery. Lido Deck continues aft of the Lido Restaurant with the open-air Sea View Pool, which boasts a colorful sculpture by well-known Dutch ceramist Maggi Giles. The al fresco Sea View Bar is on aft Lido Deck. Aft Lido Deck was expanded with more teak sun deck when the ship was enlarged in 2007. On Promenade Deck (3), there is a fully encircling, teak-covered walkway. The 170-seat Crow’s Nest observation lounge is located on forward Observation Deck, offering views over the bow and to either side of the ship. The Crow’s Nest has a circular bar in its center. On the port side of the Crow’s Nest, there is a secluded seating alcove. Added to the ship in 2007, the 65-seat Explorations Cafe is a combination specialty coffee shop, card room and library on the starboard side of the Crow’s Nest. In addition to specialty coffees, the Crow’s Nest has pastries and other snacks. The recently restyled Loft is a teen center located on midships Observation Deck. There is a dedicated video games room on Observation Deck near the Loft and Club HAL children’s playroom. Club HAL is on midships Observation Deck. On the port side (shown), there are computer play stations and on the starboard side, there is a play area and a large entertainment center. The Greenhouse Salon and Spa is located on Forward Lido Deck (9). This is the reception desk. A fully equipped gymnasium with cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights and a stretching area are located at the forward end of the Greenhouse Spa. Before and after treatments, guests can enjoy time in the Greenhouse Spa’s relaxation room. The Greenhouse Spa has a wide range of therapy and treatment rooms offering everything from massages to skin therapies. A full-service beauty salon is located on the port side of the Greenhouse Spa. The Greenhouse Spa has separate men’s (shown) and women’s changing areas. The Greenhouse Spa has a thermal suite with heated tile-topped loungers and a view of the sea. A large hydrotherapy pool is located in the aft portion of the Greenhouse Spa. The 522-seat Lido Restaurant casual buffet dining venue is aft of the Lido Pool. There are several food stations in the Lido, including Asian, Italian, a deli, salad bar and desserts. This is a fresh penne arrabiata with extra garlic, topped with grated Parmesan cheese. Each evening, the forward/starboard portion of the Lido is transformed into Canaletto, an extra-tariff ($15) Italian dining venue. The 25-seat Neptune Lounge is a concierge lounge for the exclusive use of occupants of Deluxe Verandah and Penthouse Suites on midships Rotterdam Deck (7). Fronting an entire level of public rooms on Promenade Deck, the triple-deck Vista Lounge is Westerdam’s state-of-the-art, Broadway-style showroom seating 846 guests. Just aft of the Vista Lounge on Promenade Deck, there is a wide vestibule that leads to the meeting rooms and shopping area. The Hudson Room is the first of three adjoining meeting rooms on the port side of Promenade Deck. It is shown here in a forward-facing view that includes the smaller Half Moon Room. The Stuyvesant Room is the aftermost of the three meeting rooms on Promenade Deck. The renovated Digital Workshop offers free computer training classes on starboard Promenade Deck near the shopping area. On starboard Promenade Deck across from the meeting rooms, there is the recently added Chocolate Seduction offering chocolate shakes and beverages. A wide passage continues through the shopping area on midships Promenade Deck. The Ocean Bar overlooks the Atrium from Promenade Deck. This is a lounge area with a copper dance floor and bandstand on the port side. The starboard side of the Ocean Bar is a long bar with a view of the starboard promenade. This is a view of the three-deck Atrium from Promenade Deck. Its centerpiece is a slowly rotating Waterford crystal replica of Henry Hudson’s caravelle de Halve Maen (Half Moon). The Photo Gallery follows the Atrium on starboard Promenade Deck. The double-deck Vista Dining Room occupies the aft portion of Promenade and Lower Promenade Decks. Lower Promenade Deck (2) begins with the middle level of the Vista Lounge. On Lower Promenade Deck, the Vista Lounge is followed by the Casino. On the starboard side of Lower Promenade Deck, the brightly colored Piano Bar seats 67 guests with a view of the sea through picture windows. The 44-seat Sports Bar follows the Piano Bar on starboard Lower Promenade Deck. The Northern Lights Disco accommodates 120 and is adjacent to the Casino on the port side of Lower Promenade Deck. This is the bar area. This is the Northern Lights dance floor area. The Queen’s Lounge on midships Lower Promenade Deck doubles as a cabaret-style showroom and Culinary Arts Center. HAL has recently teamed up with the “America’s Test Kitchen” television franchise for culinary demonstrations in the Queen’s Lounge/Culinary Arts Center. The inboard portion of the reservations-required, extra-tariff ($35) Pinnacle Grill overlooks the Atrium on Lower Promenade Deck. It boasts fiber-optic chandeliers and a backlit still life panel. The outer portion of the 148-seat Pinnacle Grill is an intimate gallery that overlooks the sea. The Pinnacle Bar is directly across the Atrium from the Pinnacle Grill. The Art Gallery follows the Pinnacle Bar on the starboard side of Lower Promenade Deck. The 81-seat Explorer’s Lounge is an intimate lounge on aft Lower Promenade Deck near the entrance to the Vista Dining Room. One of the focal points of the Explorer’s Lounge is the large oil-on-aluminum painting of old Nieuw Amsterdam (Manhattan) by Cees Muller. The Westerdam boasts a multi-million dollar art collection. A small lounge aft of the Explorer’s Lounge functions as a card room, meeting room and occasional cigar-smoking room. The bottom level of the Vista Dining Room occupies the far aft portion of Lower Promenade Deck. This is a view looking up from the base of the Atrium on Main Deck (1). The Future Cruises Desk is on the starboard side of Main Deck. At the base of the Atrium on Main Deck (1), there is an elliptical bar. The Shore Excursions office is on the starboard side of Main Deck near the Atrium. Reception is located on the port side of the Atrium on Main Deck. Two 1,318-square-foot Penthouse Suites on Rotterdam Deck top the accommodation category. Each features its own dining nook and a sitting area with an entertainment center. Penthouse Suites have an extremely large bedroom with king-sized bed. Marble, granite and brass bathrooms in Penthouse Suites feature a separate Jacuzzi tub, a shower and a pair of sinks. Suite guests get additional Elemis amenities. Penthouse Suites have their own private kitchen and pantry area. Penthouse Suite balconies are not only especially large at 318 square feet, they feature private Jacuzzis and cushioned settees. This is another view of a Penthouse Suite balcony. Deluxe Verandah Suites, measuring 510 to 700 square feet, are located on Rotterdam and Upper Verandah Decks. Deluxe Verandah Suites have walk-in closets with a vanity. Deluxe Verandah Suite bathrooms have twin sinks and a shower/tub combination. Deluxe Verandah Suite balconies are twice the size of Deluxe Verandah Outside cabin balconies. Superior Verandah Suites measure 398 square feet. This is a Superior Verandah Suite bathroom modified for wheelchair access. Here is a Superior Verandah Suite balcony with a small ramp added for wheelchair access. Deluxe Verandah Outside staterooms measure 254 square feet and can be configured with two twin or one king-sized bed. This is a Deluxe Verandah Outside bathroom with a tub. Deluxe Verandah Outsides feature balconies with wicker furnishings. Standard Outside cabins measure 185 square feet, feature picture windows (shown) or twin portholes and either a king or two twin beds. This is an Standard Outside stateroom with twin portholes that has been modified for wheelchair access. Twenty-eight staterooms with wheelchair access in several categories have specially equipped bathrooms with wide doors, unfolding shower seats and modified controls. Standard Inside staterooms measure between 170 and 200 square feet. This is one with twin beds. This is a Standard Inside with a king bed configuration. This is a Standard Inside with a different layout. Standard Outside and Standard Inside cabin bathrooms are compact but well-designed with plenty of storage space. In Standard-category staterooms, Holland America provides Elemis shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in large dispensers. Westerdam is currently based on the U.S. West Coast and sails to Mexico, Alaska and Canada.

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