MS Maasdam

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MS Maasdam in Huatulco.
MS Maasdam in Huatulco.
Name: MS Maasdam
Owner: Holland America Line (once known as NASM)
Operator: Holland America Line
Port of registry:  the Netherlands, Rotterdam[1]
Route: Designed for Alaska and other northern routes [2]
Ordered: 29 November 1989 [2]
Builder: Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy[3]
Cost: $180 million USD in 1989
Yard number: 5882[3]
Completed: January 1, 1993
Identification: IMO number: 8919257[1], MMSI number 244958000[1], Callsign PFRO[1]
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: S class cruise ship
Tonnage: 55,575 gross tons
Displacement: 10965 DWT (metric)[1]
Length: 220 m (721.78 ft)[1]
Beam: 30.937 m (101.50 ft)[4]
Height: 40 m (131.23 ft)[2]
Draught: 7.6 m (24.93 ft)[1]
Decks: 10[4]
Ice class: 1D[2]
Installed power: (All engines built under license by Fincantieri/Grandi Motori Trieste)Two Sulzer 12ZAV40S, Two Sulzer 8ZAL40 diesels[3]
Propulsion: Electric shaftline [5]
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Capacity: 1,258 passengers
Crew: 580

MS Maasdam is a Holland America cruise ship named for a dam located on the Maas River in the Netherlands. She was ordered along with her sisters MS Statendam and MS Ryndam in 1989 from Fincantieri Shipyards. During design of her class there was concern over her ability to meet the strict new SOLAS 90 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea stability requirements which go into effect in 2010. Her sister, MS Statendam proved to meet these requirements beyond expectations and the additional ballast tanks fitted to the class to provide added stability usually travel void for weight reduction and hence, fuel savings. Her hull design is based largely on that of MS Costa Classica with changes to make it more buoyant as the superstructure of Maasdam and her sisters is much heavier than that of Costa Classica. Maasdam and her sisters have articulated "Hinze" flap rudders, basically a rudder with a small portion of its aft that can be steered in addition to the main rudder, for exceptional maneuverability. When launched her class proved to be one of the world's most technically advanced and optimised cruise ships in the world during sea trials.[2]

MS Maasdam features a teak promenade deck, two-tiered dining room, and atrium with glass sculpture. The ship also features an expansive art collection. In April 2006 Maasdam emerged from drydock in Freeport, the Bahamas after a multi-million dollar (US) refit. Additions included several new dining venues, a culinary arts center and all new cabin amenities, including flatscreen TV and DVD players.[6]

The vessel serves destinations in Atlantic Canada, New England, Europe, and the Caribbean.


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