She was ordered along with her sisters MS Statendam and MS Ryndam in 1989 from Fincantieri Shipyards. During design of her class there was concern over her ability to meet the new SOLAS 90 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea stability requirements which went into effect in 2010. Her sister, MS Statendam, proved to meet these requirements beyond expectations and the additional ballast tanks fitted to the class to provide added stability usually travel void for weight reduction and hence, fuel savings.
Class and type:S class cruise ship
Length:220 m (721.78 ft)
Beam:30.937 m (101.50 ft)
Height:40 m (131.23 ft)
Draught:7.6 m (24.93 ft)
Installed power:(All engines built under license by Fincantieri/Grandi Motori Trieste)Two Sulzer 12ZAV40S, Three Sulzer 8ZAL40 diesels
Speed:22 knots (41 km/h)