Named for the Capital of Netherlands, Holland America Line's Amsterdam cruise ship launched in October 2000. This R-class ship was designed with Holland America's reputation for sophistication in mind. Amsterdam features the line’s partnerships with reputable brands such as Microsoft and America's Test Kitchen to offer cruisers a unique and enriching cruise experience. Travelers with a penchant for learning will love the ship's hands-on offerings. These include digital workshops, wine tastings, and culinary classes in the Wajang Theatre & Culinary Arts Center's dedicated demonstration kitchens. In partnership with BBC Earth, Amsterdam also hosts innovative films and concerts such as Planet Earth II, giving cruisers a new perspective on the natural world.
For active cruisers, Amsterdam has a fitness center and several sports courts where passengers can play basketball, tennis, and shuffleboard. For travelers who'd rather burn calories on the dance floor, Amstel Cafe provides live musical entertainment. When it's time for pampering, the Greenhouse Spa offers rejuvenating massages and facials.
There's plenty for the kids to do on the Amsterdam, too. Through Club HAL, cruisers aged 3 through 17 can participate in structured, supervised activities, such as video game competitions and scavenger hunts. Holland America also provides places for teen cruisers to hang out and socialize. The Loft is where teens can access computers, play video games, or just lounge around and get to know new friends.
In a 2018 refurbishment, Amsterdam enjoyed a variety of cosmetic and functional upgrades, updating its suites with new furnishings, carpet, and in-room amenities, including espresso machines and binoculars. The ship also came away from dry dock with new venues, such as the top-deck Explorations Central, a current fleet staple.
Amsterdam itineraries and departure ports
Amsterdam offers travelers a variety of cruise options ranging in length. These include a single-day Pacific Coastal voyage that sails from Seattle to Vancouver to an epic 128-day world trip that leaves from and returns to Fort Lauderdale. The ship also sails out of Los Angeles, Boston, Montreal, and Sydney and cruises to destinations in Canada, New England, Alaska, Hawaii, South America, and the Panama Canal.
Before you book
This ship is best for: With its variety of hands-on enrichment activities and destination-focused programs, Amsterdam will appeal to lifelong learners. Travelers are sure to cultivate exciting new skills and knowledge. Options range from culinary workshops inspired by America's Test Kitchen to personal growth activities courtesy of O, The Oprah Magazine.
You should know: With only three main restaurants, Amsterdam's fine dining choices are limited. Foodies looking for a cruise with variety at mealtimes may prefer a ship with a wider selection of venues.
Activities on Amsterdam
From the destination-focused programs of Explorations Central to digital workshops where cruisers learn technological tips and tricks, many of the ship's activities center on enrichment. Culinary aficionados can pick up new cooking techniques with classes sponsored by America's Test Kitchen. BBC Earth Experiences brings nature lovers new insights into the natural world through its groundbreaking programs.
Amsterdam also offers plenty of children's programming through Holland America's Club HAL. Supervised by a professional staff, kids between the ages of 3 and 17 enjoy scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, themed parties, and other structured activities. The ship provides designated teen spaces, including The Loft, which features an arcade, lounge, and disco, and The Oasis, a 40-seat outdoor retreat.
Amsterdam ship highlights
- BBC Earth Experiences
- Greenhouse Spa and Salon
- O, The Oprah Magazine activities
- America's Test Kitchen cooking presentations
- Explorations Central destination programming
- Windows digital workshop
- Wajang Theatre & Culinary Arts Center
- The Mainstage
- Club HAL for kids ages 3 through 17
- The Loft teen lounge and disco
- Two outdoor pools
- Monte Carlo Casino
Amsterdam offers some of the most spacious rooms at sea. In addition to standard cruise ship accommodations, such as suites, interior staterooms, oceanview rooms, and balcony cabins, travelers can choose one of the ship's lanai staterooms. These roomy cabins provide direct access to the Lower Promenade Deck via sliding doors that have one-way glass for privacy. Each lanai room has reserved deck chairs just outside the doors. All of Amsterdam's staterooms include comfortable Euro-top mattresses, sitting areas, massaging showerheads, Wi-Fi, and televisions with DVD players.
Boasting beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, the ship's breezy suites come with enhanced amenities including mini-bars, in-room refrigerators, coffee makers, and whirlpool baths. The Neptune and Pinnacle suites offer additional amenities, including exclusive access to the Neptune Lounge and private concierge service.
With food designed by a team of world-renowned chefs, Amsterdam's main dining room serves elegant multi-course dinners that include regional cuisine as well as traditional favorites, such as rosemary roasted chicken. Cruisers can also enjoy flavors of the Pacific Northwest at Pinnacle Grill or savor classic Italian cuisine at Canaletto.
Travelers who prefer casual fare over fine dining can grab a burger or dog at Dive-In or enjoy a pastry and specialty drink at Explorations Cafe. The ship also has a traditional Lido Deck buffet, which serves everything from salads to comfort food.