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Amsterdam Review

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2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Dining
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Amsterdam
4.0 / 5.0
399 reviews

Pros
Fabulous entertainment, despite ship's small size
Cons
Not much variety of dining
Bottom Line
Great value for bucket-list itineraries

About

Passengers
1,390

Crew
614

Passenger to Crew
2.26:1

Launched
2000

Shore Excursions
0
Sails To
Sails From
Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Cape Town, Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo, Honolulu, Boston, Montreal
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Amy Gunderson
Cruise Critic Contributor

Amsterdam Overview

As Amsterdam pulled away to begin my seven-night cruise to Alaska, there was no better place to watch the downtown Seattle skyline fade away than from the comfort of one of the ship's classic teak lounge chairs, glass of Champagne in hand. After all, isn't sailing on Holland America, and Amsterdam to boot, all about reveling in the storied traditions of cruising?

From a perch on the lower promenade deck, as some of the more ambitious fellow passengers walk pre-dinner laps on the open-air deck, it was obvious that HAL's long-standing oceangoing traditions have been blended with modern amenities and services. As part of its Signature of Excellence program, Holland America has committed to pouring more than a half a billion dollars into its fleet of 13 ships since 2003, upgrading staterooms, public spaces and shore excursions. Amsterdam showcases how the line has fused the old with new.

Take the ship's multi-million-dollar art and antiques collection. It can now be explored with the help of an iPod audio tour. A pre-dinner drink in the Explorer's Lounge, made all the more sweet by the music of a classical quartet, can cap an afternoon spent getting a 75-minute hot stone massage at the Greenhouse Spa or watching a cooking demonstration at the Culinary Arts Center. That couple you passed on formal night decked out in their best black-tie attire? They spent part of the day learning to blog at an onboard digital workshop.

Along with newer amenities, Amsterdam has a certain regal note. Passengers on Holland America still have the option for a set-seating dining, though open-seating is also available. The ship maintains the tradition of serving mugs of warm Dutch pea soup on deck to bundled-up, glacier-gazing travelers. And the decor in many of the public spaces is anything but understated. An ornate clock in the three-level atrium is as much a towering piece of art as it is a way to get the current time around the world. It's one of the first features you'll glimpse on the ship, and as you pass by it during your trip, it's a reminder that Holland America hasn't forgotten its roots.

Size-wise, Amsterdam, which spends summers in Alaska and the remainder of the year sailing a world cruise and extended journeys in Australia and the South Pacific, is solidly in the middle of the Holland America fleet. Built in 2000, it's smaller than the line's Vista and Signature classes of ships and carries 700 fewer passengers than Eurodam, the largest ship in the lineup. Even on a full cruise, the ship rarely feels crowded, except for the lunch rush at the casual Lido Restaurant on sea days and the occasional, fast-moving line in the La Fontaine main dining room. The Sea View pool, aft of the Lido Deck, is a quiet retreat that feels like a private oasis. Sure, you won't exactly find swimsuit weather en route to Juneau, but staffers graciously offer the perfect Alaska sunbathing accessory: a red wool blanket.

Amsterdam continues to get small upgrades but is not, at this point, in line to receive the whole Signature of Excellence package. So, while it recently received Canaletto, Holland America's take on a casual Italian eatery, it will not be outfitted with spa cabins, an adults-only pool area or a new bar concept called Mix. That said, perhaps the ship doesn't even need these latest bells and whistles.

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Fellow Passengers

On a recent seven-night Alaska Explorer cruise, the majority of passengers were in the 50-plus range. There were also a smattering of young families with small children as well as multi-generational groups of grown children traveling with one or both parents. According to a Holland American spokesman, passengers on Alaska cruises skew older than those on Caribbean itineraries.


Holland America Amsterdam Dress Code

Attire during the day is casual, and on a recent cruise to Alaska, jeans and khaki pants were standard. Days in port saw passengers in even more casual sportswear and hiking shoes. Two evenings were designated formal, and while some passengers donned cocktail dresses, gowns, tuxedos and suits, others chose to opt out of the evening code altogether and stick to jeans or khakis. The remaining evenings called for smart-casual attire. Translation: No jeans were allowed. Passengers in the Pinnacle Grill and main dining room abided by the guidelines, but more casual attire was seen in the Lido restaurant and Canaletto.


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Amsterdam Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.04.1
Entertainment4.03.8
Public Rooms4.04.5
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Family3.04.1
Enrichment4.03.9
Service4.04.5
Value For Money4.04.1

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Where does Holland America Amsterdam sail from?

Holland America Amsterdam departs from Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Cape Town, Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo, Honolulu, Boston and Montreal

How much does it cost to go on Holland America Amsterdam?

Cruises on Holland America Amsterdam start from null per person.

Is Holland America Amsterdam a good ship to cruise on?

Holland America Amsterdam won 17 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Dining
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
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Holland America Amsterdam Member Reviews

Cold Mama
Sail Date: Jul 2019
The Amsterdam is a classy older ship. The staff were friendly and attentive through out. They appeared to really like working there.... Read More
Dancefloor
Sail Date: Oct 2019
The Amsterdam is a wonderful ship in terms of size and layout. Even though the decor is dated, we like the elegance of the ship and the ample public spaces. You rarely feel crowded on the Amsterdam.... Read More
Kelly SS
Sail Date: Jul 2019
Thank you Holland America and MS Amsterdam for making our first cruise the most memorable vacation we've had up to now!... Read More
OceanDreaming2
Sail Date: Jul 2019
We have taken several Alaskan cruises, the most recent on the Amsterdam. While we enjoyed the ports, it was not our best cruise.... Read More

Holland America Line Fleet

Maasdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

594 reviews

Holland America's stately Maasdam launched in 1994, but has gone through two major refurbishments in 2006 and 2011, adding contemporary features.

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Rotterdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is a throwback to earlier cruise ships compared to most megaships built after 1995.

Veendam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

The last of Holland America's Statendam-class ships, Veendam blends a modicum of hipness with the strong traditional flavor that HAL's known for.

Volendam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


The 1,432-passenger Volendam has had a couple of refurbishments since its 1999 debut, one in 2006 and one in 2011, which saw a ship-wide spruce up.

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Amsterdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Built in 2000, Amsterdam is smaller than the line's Vista and Signature classes of ships and a recently had Canaletto, a casual Italian eatery, installed.

Prinsendam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Prinsendam, Holland America's smallest vessel offers destination-immersive itineraries and superb value for money.

Zuiderdam
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


As cruise lines add a dizzying array of features, Zuiderdam maintains Holland America's satisfying and enjoyable, although not particularly surprising, experience at sea.

Westerdam

Although it's not a new ship, Holland America's Westerdam continues to do what the line does best -- balance the traditional cruising experience with updated, contemporary amenities.

Noordam
3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Holland America Line aims to strike a balance between classic and contemporary, and the intimate, 2,000-passenger Noordam, christened in 2006, manages this well.

Eurodam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Traditional and upscale; emphasizes music and gourmet dining; features Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Onstage, B.B. King's Blues Club; holds about 3,000.

Nieuw Amsterdam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Traditional emphasis on gourmet dining, live music and an impressive art collection; highlights are the Culinary Arts Center and B.B. King's Blues Club; holds fewer than 3,000.

Koningsdam
5.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Upscale; emphasis on music and gourmet dining; highlights are the Culinary Arts Center, Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King's All-Stars Band; holds about 3,500.

Nieuw Statendam
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Holland America welcomes a second ship to its Pinnacle Class in 2018. Nieuw Statendam will follow in the footsteps of Koningsdam, the line's largest ship.

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