The Amsterdam Cruise Ship is a luxurious ship from the Holland America Line. Built in 2000, it has a crew of 614, 10 decks and can carry 1,390 passengers. This ship is designed to be an extended voyage liner. With collections of art, sculpture and artifacts worth millions of dollars, the theme reflects the seafaring history of the Dutch. Like most modern cruise ships, The Amsterdam cruise ship contains multiple lounges, bars, restaurants and entertainment options.
- The Ocean Bar
- Wajang Theater
- Explorer’s Lounge
- Crow’s Nest
- Thermal Suite
- Culinary Arts Demonstrations
- Child and Teen Friendly Areas
- Large Art Collection
The Amsterdam cruise ship cuisine is varied and expansive. Hours for breakfast can start as early as 7 a.m. on port days and 8 a.m. on sea days. It’s generally standard breakfast fare, with a good selection of breads, cereals, different egg dishes and meats. Lunches are from noon to 1 p.m. on sea days that include a selection of sandwiches, salads and soups. Dinner times can be set between 5:15 p.m. and 9 p.m.. The La Fontaine has open seating on the first level and set times on the second level. For dinner, the La Fontaine has a good selection on the menu. For a more Italian flair, the Canaletto restaurant which serves standard Italian dishes, mostly pasta, but some more hearty options such as chicken and fish. Visit the Explorations Café. A coffee bar that sells decent espresso drinks that are comparable in price to most cafés you’ve visited before. Lastly, the Pinnacle Grill serves some excellent beef and seafood.
Entertainment and Nightlife
Nightlife on the Amsterdam cruise ship are planned to entertain a wide variety of interests. Every night in the Queen’s Lounge, there are two shows that range from a song and dance to magic and comedy. In the Explorer’s Lounge there’s often classical music and the Ocean Bar is a great place for drinks before or after the night’s entertainment. On the Sports Deck is the Crow’s nest which is a good place for music, drinks and dancing. It’s got a DJ, live music and is very lively at night. The best part of the Crow’s Nest is the view as you’re enjoying a drink.
The cabins and accommodations on the Amsterdam are generally nice. They have a warm color scheme accented with red. Each room has a TV, DVD player, digital clock, bathroom amenities and a washroom. There are 135 internal cabins and 120 veranda suites. The suites all have much more to offer, with a nice furniture setup, small refrigerator and large shower.
There’s a good variety of recreation on The Amsterdam that’s age appropriate. For children from 3 to 7, there are puzzles, story-times and structured playtimes. For children a bit older, they can enjoy basketball, ping-pong and other sports activities. The Oasis is a teen focused outdoor retreat that’s got snacks, drinks, karaoke parties and other fun and social activities. For adults, there’s dancing at the Crow’s Nest, a gym with treadmills, pilates, aerobic classes and weights. The Greenhouse Spa has Swedish style massages, facials, body scrubs as well as health focused seminars on health, weight loss and more. Try to book a spa treatment early, they fill up quickly.
Other costs that you can incur are gratuities for spa treatments and room service. Holland America cruises add an $11 per person, per day charge to the account to spread across the staff, stewards, and other service professionals. At the bar, expect a 15% gratuity.