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WESTERDAM, HOLLAND AMERICA LINE

MS Westerdam is a Vista Class cruise ship owned by Holland America Line. She is the third ship of the class to be operated by the line, as well as being the third ship to bear the moniker Westerdam. It is sister to MS OosterdamMS Zuiderdam, and MS Noordam. The prefixes of the four ships' names represent the four directions of the compass in Dutch.

The Westerdam was christened on 25 April 2004 in Venice, Italy by Dutch actress Renée Soutendijk.[1] As with all Vista-class ships, Westerdam is equipped with a CODAG power plant and an Azipod propulsion system, and eighty-five percent of her staterooms have ocean views and sixty-seven percent have balconies. The theme of her art collection is Dutch heritage in the New World. Paintings of historic Dutch ships, such as Henry Hudson's Halve Maen (Half Moon), and various sculptures and statues are displayed throughout the ship. Contemporary pieces include an original Andy Warhol portrait and sculptures by Sedona artist Susanna Holt.[2] In April 2007, as part of Holland America Line's "Signature of Excellence" program, modifications to the ship were done to add 34 staterooms, as well as modifications to several public areas of the ship.

General characteristics (as built)

Class and type:Vista class cruise ship

Tonnage:81,811 GT

Length:936 ft (285.3 m)

Beam:105.8 ft (32.2 m)

Decks:11 passenger decks

Propulsion:Diesel-electricABB Azipods

Speed:

  • 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph) (maximum)
  • 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) (service)

Capacity:1,848 passengers

Crew:800

General characteristics (following April 2007 refit)

Tonnage:82,500 GT

Capacity:1,916 passengers

Earlier Event: December 9
NORWEGIAN STAR, NCL
Later Event: December 23
SIRENA, OCEANIA CRUISES