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MS Maasdam S-Class Cruise Ship Holland America Line.jpg
Aegean Myth as Maasdam in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, with Noordam seen in background.
NameAegean Myth
Ordered29 November 1989
BuilderFincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy
CostUS$180 million
Yard number5882
Launched12 January 1992
Completed26 October 1993
Maiden voyage3 December 1993
StatusIn service
General characteristics
Class and typeS-class cruise ship
Length220 m (721 ft 9 in)
Beam30.937 m (101 ft 6.0 in)
Height40 m (131 ft 3 in)
Draught7.6 m (24 ft 11 in)
Ice class1D
Installed power(All engines built under license by Fincantieri/Grandi Motori Trieste) 2 × Sulzer 12ZAV40S, 3 × Sulzer 8ZAL40 diesels
PropulsionElectric shaftline
Speed22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity1,258 passengers

MS Aegean Myth is a cruise ship. The ship previously named Maasdam for Holland America Line. While sailing for Holland America, the vessel operated primarily in North American waters. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the ship sold to an undisclosed buyer. The ship arrived in July at Piraeus, Greece and was renamed Aegean Myth.

Design and description

Aegean Myth features a teak promenade deck and her interior motifs pay homage to the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company. The centerpiece of the ship's atrium is a sculpture crafted by Luciano Vistosi and features over 2,000 pieces of glass. Other pieces of ancient artifacts and art pieces are also spread throughout the ship.[6]

Construction and career

Maasdam and Westerdam at Half Moon Cay

Maasdam was a member of Holland America's Statendam class, otherwise known as S class. She was ordered in November 1989 alongside two sister ships of her class, and was designated hull number 5882.[1] Her keel was laid by Fincantieri in early 1992.[7] Throughout 1992 and 1993, the ship was completed and underwent sea trials, and on 3 December 1993, Maasdam was christened by actress June Allyson at Port Everglades, Florida. Upon her maiden voyage into the Caribbean Sea, she became the fifth Holland America Line ship to bear the name Maasdam.[6]

During her early planning and architectural design phases, there were concerns that Maasdam and the S class would not be in compliance with specific vessel stability requirements mandated by SOLAS 90. The hull design of Maasdam and her sister ships are largely based on Costa Classica, a ship operated by sister brand Costa Cruises. These fears were alleviated, however, following the successful sea trials of the class's lead ship, MS Statendam.[1]

Maasdam served different regions of the world based on the seasons during her tenure at Holland America. During winter months, she cruised to the Caribbean from Port Everglades. During the summer season, she sailed from Boston, Massachusetts to Europe, Atlantic Canada and New England.

In 2006, Maasdam underwent dry dock renovations at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama. In 2011, Maasdam underwent dry dock renovations at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama which increased her passenger capacity.[8]

In December 2016, she visited Oceania, where she undertook voyages from New Zealand.[9]

On 7 November 2018, during a 'Polynesian & South Seas Sampler' cruise, a 70-year-old female American passenger fell between the ship's Deck 3 tender platform and one of the ship's tenders. She was crushed, and she fell into the waters off of Rarotonga, Cook Islands and was later pronounced dead on board the same day. Maasdam returned to Rarotonga a few days later, but despite much calmer seas, Captain Ryan Whitaker canceled all tender operations.[10][11][12][13][14]

Coronavirus pandemic

On 19 March 2020, 842 guests and 542 crew members on board Maasdam were barred from disembarkation in Honolulu, Hawaii due to fears surrounding COVID-19.[15] The ship was allowed to take on appropriate provisions and supplies, however, and began a return journey to the Port of San Diego for debarkation.[16]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holland America suspended its cruise operations through 30 June, and sailings aboard Maasdam were cancelled.[17] In July 2020 it was announced that the ship was sold to an undisclosed buyer with a planned delivery in August 2020.[18][19]


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  7. ^ "Keel Layed For Cruise Ship Maasdam At Fincantieri Shipyard". Maritime Reporter and Engineering News. May 1992. p. 11. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Holland America Line's ms Maasdam Completes Signature of Excellence Upgrades" (Press release). Holland America Line. Retrieved 25 March 2020 – via
  9. ^ McAvinue, Shawn (27 December 2016). "Cruise ship season gets twice as nice". Otago Daily Times Online News.
  10. ^ "Captain Ryan C. Whitaker". Holland America. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  11. ^ Walker, Jim (11 November 2018). "Fatal Tender Mishap on Holland America Line's Maasdam in Rarotonga". cruiselawnews. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  12. ^ Hignett, Katherine (13 November 2018). "Elderly Passenger Dies After Falling From Cruise Ship in 'Rough' Seas". Newsweek. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  13. ^ Scott, Cameron (14 November 2018). "Cruise ship cancels island visit". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Tender Unloading Accident on Maasdam". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  15. ^ Carrega, Christina (19 March 2020). "Despite no reported coronavirus, Hawaii won't let cruise ship passengers disembark". ABC News. Retrieved 1 April 2020 – via Yahoo News.
  16. ^ "Holland America Line Ship Disembarkation Update". Holland America Blog. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  17. ^ Norton, Theresa (15 April 2020). "Cruise lines Holland America, Princess Cruises and Seabourn suspend sailings through June 30". Fox News. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Holland America Sells Ships With Two to Olsen in Carnival's Downsizing". Maritime Executive. 15 July 2020. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Four Holland America Line Ships Sold". Cruise Industry News. 15 July 2020. Retrieved 21 July 2020.

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