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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 2000 Age Restrictions: All guests in room must be
Year Refurbished: 2005 21 years old. If not, at least one must be 25.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Assigned or Open
Guest Occupancy: 1,380 Assigned Dining Hours: 6:00 pm or 8:15 pm*
Crew: 647 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 61,000 tons Bars/Lounges: 12
Length: 780 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 105.8 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Maximum Speed: 22.5 knots Swimming Pools: 2
Decks: 10 Hot Tubs: 2
Ship's Registry: Netherlands Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes (not in Hawaii) Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

*Alaska & World cruise dining times are 5:45 pm and 8:00 pm

Named for the city of Amsterdam in Northern Holland, ms Amsterdam is actually the third ship in Holland America Line's history to bear this name. This "R Class" vessel is a beautiful ship, featuring all of the luxurious onboard amenities that you'd expect to find onboard a Holland America Line cruise ship. From its large main show room, casino and spa to its pools and gourmet dining options, there's a nice selection of features to enjoy while onboard ms Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is the (younger) sister ship of the ms Rotterdam.

Destinations & Itineraries
The Holland America ms Amsterdam will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2012: Southern Caribbean, Panama Canal
2013: World Cruise, Alaska, Australasia, Panama Canal

There are a bunch of different types of accommodations onboard Amsterdam, from standard interior staterooms to luxurious and large suites.

Interior Staterooms:
The interior staterooms onboard Amsterdam are 182 square feet. They feature 2 lower beds that are convertible to 1 queen-size. Each room has a bathroom with a shower.

OceanView Staterooms: Amsterdam's oceanview staterooms are 197 square feet. These staterooms have 2 lower beds that are convertible to 1 queen-size, as well as a bathtub and shower in their bathroom. All category DD oceanview staterooms have a partial sea view. All HH staterooms have fully obstructed views. Category G and H staterooms may have portholes instead of windows.

Verandah (Balcony) Staterooms: The balcony staterooms onboard Amsterdam are referred to as verandah suites. They are 292 square feet in size and have 2 lower beds that are convertible to 1 queen-size, as well as a bath & shower in the bathroom, a sitting area, a mini-bar, refrigerator and floor-to-ceiling windows (leading out to the verandah).

Suites: The most basic suites onboard Amsterdam are its Deluxe Verandah Suites (categories SA and SB). These accommodations are 556 square feet and feature 2 lower beds that are convertible to 1 king-size bed, a whirlpool bath and shower, a large sitting area, dressing room, private verandah, sofa bed for 2 people, mini-bar and refrigerator. The most premium accommodations onboard Amsterdam are its two (category PS) Penthouse Verandah Suites. These massive staterooms are 1,159 square feet and feature a bedroom with a king-size bed, an oversized whirlpool bath & shower, a living room, a dining room, a dressing room, pantry, sofa bed for 2 people, mini-bar, refrigerator and guest toilet.

Amsterdam's main dining room is La Fontaine. It is a two level restaurant that is located towards the rear of the ship, on the Promenade and Upper Promenade decks. The main dining room features fine Rosenthal China and serves a wonderful five-course dinner. Passengers have the option of booking themselves into a traditional, assigned dining setup (at either an early or main seating) or a more flexible/open dining setup. The flexible/open dining schedule is available from 5:15 pm to 9:00 pm. You must choose which format you prefer when you initially book your cruise. You can change your mind prior to your departure, but the dining you prefer may be waitlisted or closed at that point in time.

The Pinnacle Grill is Amsterdam's optional specialty restaurant, located midship on the Promenade deck. This gourmet venue offers a 5-star dining experience, featuring upscale selections such as Sterling Silver Beef, fresh seafood and a world-class wine list. There is a $20 per person cover charge for dinner, and a $10 per person cover charge for lunch at the Pinnacle Grill. This restaurant is available by reservation only, and it is recommended that you make your reservations as soon as you know that you want to go (to avoid the restaurant being booked up when you want to eat there). Children under 12 dine at the Pinnacle Grill free of charge. Children 13 to 17 years of age only have to pay half of the typical cover charge.

Amsterdam's main buffet area is located on the Lido deck and is (appropriately) called the Lido Restaurant. It's a casual and relaxed dining option that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (with wait service). The Lido Restaurant features a wide variety of choices, from pasta, pizza, cooked-to-order omelets, and a salad bar to gourmet sandwiches, sushi and Asian stir-fry. Indoor and outdoor seating is available at this venue.

The Terrace Grill is located outside on the Lido deck. This venue serves pizza, sandwiches, sausages, nachos, hamburgers and hot dogs. It's a nice option for a relaxing poolside lunch.

Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks.

Onboard Features
The first passenger level deck onboard Amsterdam is the Dolphin deck. The infirmary and doctor's office is located forward on this deck. Also on this deck are various interior and oceanview staterooms.

The next deck up is the Main deck. This deck features a wide range of interior and oceanview staterooms.

Amsterdam's third passenger level deck is the Lower Promenade deck. The first level of the atrium is located on this deck, by which you can find the cruise director's and hotel manager's offices. Also on this deck are various interior and oceanview staterooms.

The Promenade deck is the next deck up onboard Amsterdam. There are no staterooms on this level of the ship, as it's filled with public areas. Among them is the stage level of the Queen's Lounge (Amsterdam's main show room, located towards the front of the ship), the purser's desk, the photo gallery, an art gallery, the second level of the atrium, the front office and the shore excursion desk. Also on this deck is the Wine Tasting Bar & Gourmet Shops, the Wajang Theater & Culinary Arts Center, the Pinnacle Grill (specialty restaurant) and the lower level of the La Fontaine Dining Room (Amsterdam's main dining room).

The fifth passenger level deck onboard Amsterdam is the Upper Promenade deck. Forward on this deck is the balcony level of the Queen's Lounge, the third level of the atrium, the Ocean Bar, a boutique, the shopping arcade, Explorations Cafe, the casino, the sports bar, Amstel Cafe, an art gallery, the Explorer's Lounge, Queen's Room, King's Room and the upper level of La Fontaine Dining Room.

The next deck up is the Veranda deck. This deck is filled with a bunch of verandah suites, as well as a couple of ocean view staterooms.

The Navigation deck is the seventh passenger level deck onboard Amsterdam. On this deck are all of the ship's deluxe verandah suites, as well as Amsterdam's two huge Penthouse Verandah Suites.

The Lido deck is the next deck up on Amsterdam and is a very popular place to be onboard this ship. This is because on this deck is the large Lido Pool, as well as a ton of outdoor lounge chairs. Also on this deck is the Lido Bar, a wading pool, the Terrace Grill, the Sea View Pool (located at the rear of the ship) and the large Lido Restaurant (Amsterdam's main buffet area). Located forward on this deck is Amsterdam's spa (the Greenhouse Spa & Salon) and fitness center. The spa features a thermal suite, saunas, beauty salon and various massage rooms.

The Sports deck is Amsterdam's next deck up. On this deck is a tennis court, a basketball court, and a special area for the children's program (Club Hal) and teen program (The Loft), with a video arcade located conveniently nearby.

The highest deck onboard Amsterdam is the Sky deck. This deck features The Oasis, an exclusive outdoor hideaway area that has lounge seating, a nine-foot-high waterfall and a pool. This area is only for teens, and is only accessible through The Loft (the teens-only area).

Dress Code and Attire
Dress during the day is casual. Holland America asks that you wear shoes and a cover-up over bathing suits when you walk in the interior of the ship.

Evening dress is broken up into two categories by Holland America: Formal or Smart Casual. Smart Casual is defined by Holland America as slacks and collared shirts for men and casual dresses, slacks and informal evening wear for women. T-shirts, swimsuits, tank tops and shorts are not allowed in the restaurants or public areas during the evening hours. On Formal evenings, ladies usually wear a suit, cocktail dress or gown and gentlemen wear a jacket and tie, dark suit or tuxedo. There are approximately two formal nights per week.

Children Programs
Holland America offers a supervised youth and teen program for children ages 3* to 17. The program is broken up into three, aged based, groups.

Club HAL® Kids is for children ages 3 to 7. Activities include storytelling, fabric painting, indoor games, arts and crafts, drawing contests, puzzles, bingo and more. Children in pull-ups or diapers are not allowed in the youth facilities due to US Public Health laws.

Club HAL® Tweens is for children ages 8 to 12. Activities may include learning golf putting, disco parties, theme parties, participating in the award winning National Park Service Jr. Ranger Program (only on Alaska cruises), on-deck sports events, scavenger hunts and more.

The Loft and The Oasis (not available on all Vista-class ships) is for teens, ages 13 to 17. Activities include a teen disco, karaoke, video games, sport tournaments, trivia contests, bingo, movies and more.

When there are over 100 children onboard a HAL Talent Show is offered. *On the Prinsendam. youth activities are offered for ages 5 to 17.

Club HAL® has an After Hours program available on all ships (except the Prinsendam), from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am. This special program costs $5 per child, per hour.

Tipping and Gratuities
Holland America automatically applies a Hotel Service Charge of $11 per person per day to each person's shipboard account. This charge is paid to Holland America's crewmembers that service you throughout your cruise, including the dining room wait staff, room stewards, galley crew and laundry staff. You are free to adjust this charge (higher or lower) if you deem this as being appropriate. A 15% service charge is automatically added to all bar charges and dining room wine purchases.

Alcohol Policy
The official minimum drinking age on all Holland America Amsterdam cruises is 21 years of age. A corkage fee of $15 will be charged for wine and champagne brought to the restaurants or bars onboard the ship. Except for wine and champagne, alcoholic beverages purchased in the ship's shops, or brought onto the ship, cannot be consumed on the ship.

Gambling Policy
Guests must be at least 18 years old in order to gamble on a Amsterdam cruise.

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