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Overview

Launched in 2000, Zaandam attracts older, more sophisticated travelers, with onboard activities catering more to those in need of R&R than those seeking an adrenaline rush. The 1,432-passenger ship carries up to 604 crew members and was most recently updated in 2017. It is designed to cater to fewer guests while offering spacious common areas. 

While active pursuits include sports courts and a fitness center, the majority of onboard activities are geared toward enrichment, such as America's Test Kitchen, BBC Earth Experiences and Digital Workshops powered by Windows. The ship also offers kids clubs for passengers ages 3 to 17.

Most recent guests described the cabins as comfortable. Inside and Ocean View cabins measure between 151 and 267 square feet – large enough to fit a queen bed (or two twin beds), a sitting area and a vanity space. Travelers were also pleased with the multiple onboard restaurants, ranging from the casual Lido Market buffet to Canaletto, which serves Italian fare.  

In 2019-20, Zaandam sails from Boston, Buenos Aires, Fort Lauderdale, Montreal, Rio de JanieroSantiago, Chile, and more for itineraries in Canada, New England, South America, Europe, the Caribbean, Antarctica and beyond.

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Launched in 2000, Zaandam attracts older, more sophisticated travelers, with onboard activities catering more to those in need of R&R than those seeking an adrenaline rush. The 1,432-passenger ship carries up to 604 crew members and was most recently updated in 2017. It is designed to cater to fewer guests while offering spacious common areas. 

While active pursuits include sports courts and a fitness center, the majority of onboard activities are geared toward enrichment, such as America's Test Kitchen, BBC Earth Experiences and Digital Workshops powered by Windows. The ship also offers kids clubs for passengers ages 3 to 17.

Most recent guests described the cabins as comfortable. Inside and Ocean View cabins measure between 151 and 267 square feet – large enough to fit a queen bed (or two twin beds), a sitting area and a vanity space. Travelers were also pleased with the multiple onboard restaurants, ranging from the casual Lido Market buffet to Canaletto, which serves Italian fare.  

In 2019-20, Zaandam sails from Boston, Buenos Aires, Fort Lauderdale, Montreal, Rio de JanieroSantiago, Chile, and more for itineraries in Canada, New England, South America, Europe, the Caribbean, Antarctica and beyond.

Ship Size
M
Price
$$$$
Year Built
2000

Pros & Cons

  • Ship was refurbished in 2017

  • Geared toward adults

4.20Scorecard
  • 4.0Expert Rating »
  • 3.9Traveler Rating »
  • 5.0Health Rating »

Rankings

Zaandam ranks #5 out of 14 Holland America Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Cabins

Zaandam offers a wide range of accomodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Deck Plans

Zaandam contains 10 decks. Find out which features are available on each Zaandam deck.

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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 395 guests have reviewed Zaandam, giving it a rating of 3.9 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

3.9 out of 5(395 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples64.3%
Singles/Friends12.2%
Families w/older children10.4%
Families w/young children3%
Groups2.8%
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Ship Photos

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