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MS Amsterdam

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Holland America Line MS Amsterdam

Due to its recent refit, MS Amsterdam has made the transition to a more family-friendly ship than it used to be. It still attracts a primarily mature crowd of older couples and solo passengers, but you’ll also find kids’ play areas and the Club HAL experience for children and teens as more families gravitate to the line.


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October 2000
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62,735 GT


Ship Amenities

The ship’s social hub is its internal atrium lobby, positioned on three levels with a cool world clock that’s hard to miss! This area includes the excursions office, concierge desk and souvenir shops. Don’t miss a visit to the Explorations Café, featuring cosy lounge chairs, ocean views, Internet terminals and an onsite library including DVDs and books. Have a stroll around the wrap-around teakwood promenade, jog a few laps on the track, or spend your time relaxing on the Lido Deck with its swimming pool and sun loungers. Take a tour of the ship’s impressive art and antiques, which include their very own iPod audio tour to help you learn more about this multi-million-dollar Dutch collection. Visit the Explorer’s Lounge for live classical music and pre-dinner cocktails, or the Culinary Arts Centre for a live cooking demonstration.

Cabin Amenities

Choose from interior cabins, outdoor view cabins, and private balcony suites. Staterooms and suites are quite roomy, with standout features including cosy linens, infotainment systems with DVD players, and plush bathrobes. Bathrooms are fairly spacious and come equipped with Elemis bath products, and all cabins offer individually controlled air conditioning. Upgrade to a suite and you’ll enjoy minibars and bathtubs, as well as separate sitting areas to spread out and relax during your downtime at sea.

Dining Options

The main restaurant onboard MS Amsterdam is La Fontaine, which offers two levels of elegant dining. The décor includes a grand staircase and ocean views from the panoramic windows. The main dining room is open for breakfast and lunch, with standard fare to set you up for the day. In the evening, you can choose from a selection of healthy spa cuisine, international themed dishes and cruise classics. In addition to La Fontaine, there are a few specialty dining outlets to give you even more choice! Visit Canaletto for Italian dishes, or Pinnacle Grill for premium seafood and steak with a Pacific Northwest accent. The ship’s casual eatery is the Lido Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a selection of cooking stations to dish up made-to-order omelettes, sandwiches, Asian and Italian dishes. If you can’t tear yourself away from the pool, you’re in luck! There’s a Terrace Grill here with burger, hot dogs, tacos and pizza, along with a very popular ice cream bar.


There’s a full activities program both day and night on MS Amsterdam, with live shows in the Queen’s Lounge and Vegas-style shenanigans in the main theatre. You can pick and choose from a full range of bars to suit your every mood, with live music on most evenings. The Crow’s Nest is also a top spot for late-night music and dancing, or simply to watch the sunset after dinner.

Sports and Wellness

Visit the Greenhouse Spa for all your fitness and wellness needs. This spacious complex includes modern gym equipment, including bikes, treadmills and weight machines, as well as group classes to keep you feeling fit. Spa treatments include everything from hot stone to Swedish massages, along with aromatherapy treatments, facials and body wraps.


Holland America Line MS Amsterdam

A Big 'bucket list' Tick With MS Amsterdam


Posthuma, Sheffield on 26th Jun 2018

Access on the Amsterdam is very good and with the refit, you could be forgiven for thinking you were on a much newer vessel. HAL was determined all trip to do right by their customers...

Holland America Line MS Amsterdam

27 Days Of Peace & Tranquility.


Noon, Southampton on 25th Apr 2013

Having decided to visit some countries encompassing the Far East, this necessitated a 12 hr flight to Hong Kong. However on reaching the "Amsterdam" our spirits improved greatly...


ADVICE on Shore Excusions: We are going on Holland America Mediterranean cruise in August, starting from Barcelona to Venice, covering Monte Carlo, pompeii, Taormina, Corfu,Dubrovnik, Kotor etc. Would appreciate advise which places is easy to get off the ship and tour ourselves instead of buying expensive cruise ship excusions..i.e. Hop on/off buses, local shuttle etc thanks.

Dubrovnik it's simplest to take ship's over-priced shuttle to town, Corfu there's an extremely-frequent (every 5 to 10 mins) & cheap (still €1 ?) local bus from the port entrance, as Carol's answer. Don't know Taormina or Kotor, but the others are cheap & easy. ........ .. Barca the port's€3 or €4 shuttle to the port gate, then walk to Las Ramblas or hop-on bus. Hop-ons are busy but frequent - often long queues that evaporate quite quickly. .......... Monte Carlo, check your port. If you tender into Villefranche, a 15 min walk to the station & frequent cheap trains about 15 min journey along the coast. ...........

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