Holland America Line’s Maasdam embraces the fleet's focus on sailing to stimulating destinations with immersive activities that help passengers connect meaningfully with the ports they visit. Launched in 1992, Maasdam is currently the only Holland America Line ship dedicated to “Explorations Central” In-Depth Voyages. It offers everything from expert-led expeditions to themed shore excursions designed to explore interests such as photography, food, history, or nature. This is also the fleet's only ship to include inflatable Zodiacs for better access to exciting, off-the-beaten-path coastlines.
Refurbished in 2011, Maasdam offers enrichment opportunities. The ship partners with world-class brands such as Microsoft, The New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine. These partnerships present digital workshops, personal growth activities, and a well-stocked library. In partnership with the BBC, the ship hosts BBC Earth Experiences, bringing the world into sharper focus through innovative films and concerts. Passengers can also participate in onboard culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, and mixology classes. For travelers who prefer traditional cruise activities, there are two swimming pools, the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, and an onboard casino. For younger cruisers, Club HAL provides engaging, supervised hangout spaces designed specifically for kids, tweens, and teens. Modernized in 2011, several venues were added, including the Canaletto Italian restaurant and the Mix Lounge.
Maasdam itineraries and departure ports
As one of Holland America's smaller ships, it's diminutive size lets it enter ports that may be inaccessible for larger vessels. From cruises through the Sea of Cortez to voyages that circumnavigate Australia, ,i>Maasdam itineraries take it to a multitude of exotic destinations. With departure ports located throughout the Pacific, the ship sails to New Zealand, Mexico, Hawaii, and Papua, New Guinea. From the west coast of the US, Alaskan trips include voyages through the scenic Inside Passage. There are also specialty cruises available, including a 14-day Land of the Rising Sun tour and a 1-day South Seas Islands sampler cruise.
Before you book
This ship is best for: This Holland America Line ship appeals to mature cruisers who want to immerse themselves in the culture and spirit of their destination. With lectures, workshops, and interest-themed shore excursions, cruisers can fully enjoy the ship's ports of call.
You should know: As one of the smallest ships in Holland America's fleet, Maasdam lacks the variety of amenities and activities that many of today's newer ships feature. Travelers seeking a more extensive selection of dining, activity, and entertainment options should consider a cruise on Holland America's Koningsdam or one of the fleet's other larger vessels.
Activities on Maasdam
To enhance Maasdam's destination-focused cruises, Explorations Central provides immersive onboard activities that acquaint passengers with the regions they're visiting. For a greater understanding of the natural world, the ship also offers BBC Earth Experiences. Passangers can experience innovative films and concerts let cruisers experience nature in a new way. Passengers looking for traditional cruise favorites will also find a casino, onboard movies and entertainment, a full-service spa, and plenty of shopping.
Maasdam ship highlights
- Greenhouse Spa and Salon
- BBC Earth Experiences
- Explorations Central, including the New York Times-sponsored Explorations Cafe and Library
- Enrichment opportunities, including mixology classes, culinary demonstrations, and wine tastings
- Club HAL: supervised activities and hangout spaces for kids aged 3 through 17
- Crow's Nest observation lounge/nighttime disco
- Seaview pool and Lido pool
- Windows digital workshop
- Neptune Lounge
- Canaletto's Italian restaurant
With plush Euro-top mattresses, massaging showerheads, and sitting areas, Maasdam's staterooms focus on comfort and relaxation. From affordable inside staterooms to sprawling suites, the ship offers travelers a myriad of accommodation options. Passengers booking one of the spacious ocean-view cabins have a choice of exterior views, while lanai rooms include mirrored sliding-glass doors that open directly onto the Promenade deck. With floor-to-ceiling windows and private verandas, the ship's airy suites include additional amenities such as mini-bars, in-room refrigerators, and whirlpool baths. Neptune and Pinnacle suites also come with concierge service and access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge.
In Maasdam's two-tiered Rotterdam Dining Room, cruisers enjoy gorgeous views of the ocean through the venue's floor-to-ceiling windows while savoring delicious three-course meals. Passengers can choose between flexible dining times and traditional set seating. The ship also has a Lido Deck buffet, with selections varying throughout the day, including themed snacks and desserts in the evening. For quick dining poolside, the Dive-In grill offers casual fare, such as burgers and hot dogs.
At an additional cost, passengers can opt for Pinnacle Grill, which serves dishes inspired by the Pacific Northwest, including wild-caught salmon and sustainably raised beef. Cruisers can also enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Canaletto, where fresh pasta is made daily.