by Bob Hoelscher
Published March 12, 2018
Maasdam is among Holland America Line’s smallest and most well-traveled ships, having entered service in late 1993. Please, however, do not assume that the ship’s age must be evident or that it looks old and worn, as nothing could be further from the truth. This splendidly maintained ship is in fine shape due to continuous maintenance attention through the years.
At roughly 55,500 tons, with a normal passenger capacity of about 1,250, this vessel offers a relaxed, spacious environment seldom found these days except on smaller luxury ships, as well as excellent service, dining, onboard entertainment and activities.
From September 2018 through September 2019, Maasdam will operate a new series of 16 exotic itineraries, mostly two to three weeks long. A choice of six different themes will be offered for in-depth exploration of the peoples, places and cultures to be visited: photography; food, wine and spirits; active exploration; nature and science; history and perspective; and arts and culture.
Destinations include South America, the South and North Pacific, the East Indies and Indian Ocean, Polynesia, Alaska and Japan. Even small Zodiac boats will be added to Maasdam’s equipment to facilitate “close-in” shore exploration.