Maasdam Overview

Holland America Line Maasdam
Maasdam from Holland America Line

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.

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.

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
  • Casino
  • 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.

Maasdam Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: M
  • Total Passengers: 1,258
  • Total Crew: 580
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.17
  • Built: Jan 1993
  • Refurbished: Apr 2011
  • Number of Decks: 10
  • Total Cabins: 629
  • Cabin Categories: 35
  • Gross Tonnage: 55,575
  • Length: 719
  • Beam: 101


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.1
  • Children's Programs 3.1
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.3
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.5
  • Entertainment 3.6
  • Food and Dining 4.1
  • Onboard Activities 3.5
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.0
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629 cabins and 35 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(13 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 226 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $102/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(59 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 255 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $112/night
Balcony Balcony
Avg. Cost: $224/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(7 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 458 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $267/night

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Rotterdam Dining Room Rotterdam Dining Room
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Terrace Grill Terrace Grill

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Onboard Activities

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Explorer''s Lounge Explorer''s Lounge
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Crow''s Nest Crow''s Nest
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Atrium Atrium
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Aft Pool Aft Pool
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366 Maasdam Reviews

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French Polynesia by MMurrah

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Leadership on this ship was bad. Captain is arrogant and had zero personality. Hotel direct Florin was the exception. He was absolutely all in and did a fabulous job. If there was a problem he fixed it, then followed up with us to let us know what had been done. Best ship hotel director ever! Best room stewards ever! Food? Here’s a shocker for you: on a 24 day French Polynesia cruise where everywhere you stop is lush with bananas and coconuts... you can’t get EITHER on board!!! About 10 days into the cruise I asked why and was told by the food and beverage director that the ship buys NOTHING from any of the places we visit!! That ALL THEIR FOOD, 100%, comes from the US because one time they had a problem with food purchased elsewhere. So this cruise left from Singapore, then took on more passengers in Brisbane, then more in Auckland. And all our food was from the US! So zero bananas for us. That was a problem for MANY passengers. I asked the food and beverage director why we couldn’t have some tropical fruit sorbets like coconut and was told they buy them all from the US also and don’t make them. He was insulted when I asked! But confirmed that they don’t. This was my first (and last) Holland America cruise. I’ll stick with Celebrity and NCL thank you very much. No problems with either.

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Easter Island spectacular!! Great island cruise but not to return to same locations on same cruise. by rhulgan

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We loved some of the small islands, Easter Island and Peru...but disliked when we returned to some of the islands again to fulfill the 48 days.... repeating itineraries. Tahiti was not a great island !

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Easter Island and more by dsquare

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The overall itinerary was fantastic, with Easter Island being the main drawing card. The stops in Costa Rica were disappointing because of road blockages most of the excursions were cancelled. The voyage southward toward the equator was rather cool with overcast skies in large part but when the ship got to Easter Island the weather turned great and remained so for the rest of the voyage. The captain made a great decision on the way to Easter Island by changing course to avoid a storm which made the voyage more comfortable and gave us great weather for visiting the Island. The voyage to and through French Polynesia was great.

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Apr 06, 2013

Very quiet cruise and this made it very enjoyable.

Sep 26, 2014

The Lido deck was always a great place to eat.

Nov 06, 2014

On port/tour days its much faster to eat on the Lido deck than wait in dining room for fine dining

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