MS Noordam

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Noordam docked at Grand Turk Island, March 2007
NameMS Noordam
NamesakeThe northern compass point
OperatorHolland America Line
Port of registry Netherlands
Yard numberMarghera 6079
Launched1 April 2005
ChristenedFebruary 2006
In service2006–present
Statusin service
General characteristics
Class and typeVista class cruise ship
Tonnage82,500 gross tonnage (GT)
Length936 ft (285.3 m)
Beam105.8 ft (32.2 m)
Decks11 passenger decks
PropulsionDiesel-electric; two ABB Azipod units
  • maximum 23-knot (43 km/h),
  • service 20-knot (37 km/h)
Capacity1,916 passengers
Crew800 crew

MS Noordam is a member of Holland America Line's Vista class, and the fourth Holland America Line vessel to bear the name. The ship was christened on February 22, 2006, in New York City by the actress Marlee Matlin.[2] Noordam is a sister ship of MS Oosterdam, MS Westerdam, MS Zuiderdam and P&O Cruises' MS Arcadia (originally ordered by the HAL, but sold to P&O). The prefixes of the four ships' names represent the four directions of the compass in Dutch.


The ship is powered by a CODAG arrangement of five diesel generators (3 x 16,000 HP units, and 2 x 12,000 HP units) and one gas turbine (18,000 HP), for a total power output of approximately 62.6MW (84,000 HP). The power generated is used both for propulsion, via two 17.5MW (23,467 HP) ABB Azipods, and the ship's "hotel load," which includes HVAC and freshwater production. She is capable of producing 1,700 tons (450,000 gallons) of fresh water daily via desalinization, although average consumption is only around 750 tons/day (200,000 gallons). The ship consumes approximately 216 tons/day (57,000 U.S. gallons) of heavy fuel oil, and 90 tons/day (23,000 U.S. gallons) of marine gas oil, at peak power production. She can achieve a maximum speed of approximately 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph).


  1. ^ a b "Vessel details Noordam". 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  2. ^ a b "Fast Fact Sheet — MS Noordam" (PDF). Holland America Line. Retrieved 2017-10-03.

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