MS Zaandam was launched in 2000 and underwent refurbishment in 2005. The design theme is music and the ship is decked out with musical memorabilia and instruments. The 61,396 tonne vessel has 10 passenger decks and can carry 1,432 passengers and 561 crew. Zaandam is popular with families with children as there are special areas and programs for younger kids and teenagers.

[fa type=”bed”] Accommodation

MS Zaandam has 720 staterooms, including a Penthouse Suite, 28 suites and 168 mini-suites. The rest is a mixture of interior and outside –cabins. All standard interior and outside cabins are well-furnished with twin beds that can convert into a queen-sized bed and ample closet and storage space. Guests in the Penthouse Suite and Verandah Suites share an exclusive concierge and access to the Neptune Lounge.

[fa type=”cutlery”] Food

The main restaurant on board MS Zaandam is The Rotterdam Dining Room. It has two decks with panoramic views of the oceans on three sides. Open and assigned seating are both available for dinner and breakfast and lunch have open seating. Tables are available for two, four, six and eight. There is live entertainment during dinner. Lighter meals are also available for passengers who are nutrition and diet conscious. Other restaurants on board are the Pinnacle Grill, Le Cirque (fine dining), Canaletto (Italian) and Lido Restaurant (buffet) and the Terrace Grill.

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The large Greenhouse Spa has saunas and steam rooms for both men and women. The fitness centre has state-of-the-art muscle-toning equipment. Outdoor facilities include a jogging track, two pools (one with sliding glass dome), shuffleboard courts and a basketball court. The Salon offers extensive parlor services such as hair cutting and styling, pedicure, manicure and facial treatments as well as eyebrow grooming.

[fa type=”group”] Families

Club HAL provides a wide variety of age-appropriate activities and facilities children aged three to 17 years. Three-six year olds can join activities such as pirate treasure hunts, storytelling, crafts, ice-cream sundae parties and a farewell pajama party. Tweens (seven-12 years) take part in Xbox tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties. The Loft for Teens (13-17 years) has mocktail mixology classes, late night sporting competitions, hip hop classes, scavenger hunts, tech classes and teen-only night club events. When there are more than 100 children on board, a HAL Talent Show is offered. The Culinary Arts Center has cooking classes for kids and teens.


– Cruise Passenger 

“Clean room. Looks like a newer carpet. Window with full view nothing blocking view. Quiet below and above and sides. Had lots of closets with loads of hangers. Good location not far from elevator. Clean bathroom with shower in the tub. Tub has a mat so you don’t slip. Love seat in room. Good lighting. Stewards excellent. Very plush bath robes. Had nice towels also. This would be a good room. It is center location and low so good if you tend to get sea sick. “-coloradocruser

– Cruise Critic 

– Berlitz

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