Holland America Line's MS Zaandam is ideal for those who love traditional cruise holidays with a modern luxury twist and has been designed to carry fewer guests to allow for maximum space and comfort. Soaring three stories high above the atrium is the Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ inspired by the traditional barrel organs still found on the streets of the Netherlands. This is just one of the unique features found aboard MS Zaandam, with others including an extensive collection of rock and pop music memorabilia. Cruise holidays aboard MS Zaandam promise to be both exciting and memorable.
Fancy brushing up on your cookery skills? Head over to the Wajang Theatre where you will find the Culinary Arts Centre, presented by the Food & Wine Magazine. Expertly blending guests’ love of food and entertainment, the Culinary Arts Centre is a unique and interactive experience led by the most talented chefs in the food industry. Explore fresh ideas with local produce, unleash your inner sous chef, and take home new entertaining tips to impress family and friends. Attend the Digital Worksop, powered by Windows, for fun, free and informative technology advice on everything from photo editing to Cloud storage and security in the sessions offered throughout your cruise.
The Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers a haven of luxurious treatments and features thermal pools, a sauna and massage room to inspire a whole new you. Rejuvenate yourself through exercise in the Fitness Centre, where you will find state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines with professionally trained staff always on hand. Get outside, breathe in the sea air and get your heart racing and blood pumping on the tennis and basketball courts. Treat yourself to a dip in one of two refreshing outdoor pools and spend the rest of your day doing nothing at all, apart from soaking up the sunshine. Alternatively, you can meander through the duty-free shops and find one-of-a-kind keepsakes in the luxury jewellery boutique of Merabella. Relax in the comfortable Explorations Café and savour the taste of custom espresso drinks and pastries with an extensive range of books and travel guides to read.
Younger guests are warmly welcomed aboard with fun and exciting activities for them to enjoy in Club HAL. Club HAL Kids is for children ages 3-7 and Club HAL Tweens is for ages 8-12. Teenagers get their very own hangout in The Loft, which also extends up on the Sky Deck to The Oasis for late-night sporting competitions and teen-only nightclub events.
Professional dancers and celebrity guests dazzle the audience with routines in the lively production of ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ in the Mondrian Lounge. Participate in complimentary dance classes with the ships professional dancers and learn routines as seen in American TV series ‘Dancing with the Stars’. You can even compete in ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ for the honour of becoming cruise dance champion.
Weave in and out of the lively hub of bars on the lower promenade deck and choose between multiple musical genres. The Explorer’s Lounge is a refined space for coffee, drinks and liqueurs with light classical music playing in the background. Alternatively, listen to live music in the Ocean Bar and enjoy panoramic views with exotic cocktails. Head over to the aptly named Mix Bar and choose from a whole host of champagne, martinis, spirits and ales. Up on the Sports Deck the DJ lights up the dance floor in the Crow’s Nest. The fun isn’t just limited to the bars and lounges; flirt with Lady Luck in the Casino and participate in a game or two of poker, blackjack, craps or roulette.
Lap up sophisticated five star dining in Rotterdam, MS Zaandam’s two-tiered Main Dining Room. Enjoy elegant breakfasts, leisurely lunches and five-course dinners, with expert servers who work in harmony to ensure perfect service and presentation. Taste delicious dishes inspired by America’s Pacific Northwest, including sumptuous seafood and sustainably raised beef, all beautifully complemented by boutique wines.
Canaletto’s innovative menu is designed around the authentic Italian experience of sharing. Share a taste of zuppa di pesce, a tomato broth infused with mussels, scallops and vegetables and savour classic Italian pasta in all shapes and sauces with veal, roasted pork loin and grilled fish. The Lido Restaurant offers relaxed dining with panoramic sea views, with entrees, gracious tableside service and a huge selection of wines from the cellar available during the evening. You can also enjoy a variety of breakfast selections including pancakes, fresh fruit, omelettes and more, with Asian cuisine, pizza, gourmet sandwiches and a salad bar available during lunch.
Holland America Line encourages passengers to dress for comfort and enjoy their holiday, with the dress code throughout the day being casual. During the evening the dress code ranges from smart casual to formal, depending on the occasion. On formal occasions women usually wear cocktail dress and evening gowns and men tend to wear either suits or tuxedos. There are typically two formal nights per week, but this will vary depending on your chosen voyage.