MS Veendam

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MS Veendam in Juneau, Alaska, United States
Name: MS Veendam
Namesake: Veendam
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Holland America Line
Port of registry: Netherlands
Route: Canada/New England and Bermuda. South America in winter months
Builder: Fincantieri
Launched: 24 June 1995
In service: 1996
Refit: 2012
Homeport: Boston
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Statendam-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 57,092 GT[1]
Length: 719 ft (219 m)
Beam: 101 ft (31 m)
Decks: 13
Installed power: 2 × 12-cylinder 8640 kW, 3 × 8-cylinder 5760 kW diesel generators
Speed: 20.9 knots (38.7 km/h; 24.1 mph)
Capacity: 1350 passengers
Crew: 568

MS Veendam is one of Holland America Line's cruise ships and is named for the capital of Northern Netherlands's peat colonies. Features on the vessel include the two-tiered Rotterdam Dining Room, suites with private verandas, multiple lounges, and a wide teak deck.

Service history[edit]

Signature of Excellence Program[edit]

During April 2009, Veendam underwent a refit in Freeport. During the extensive refit, two decks of balcony cabins were added to the rear of the ship, and the rear pool area was restyled with 4 hot tubs set onto a raised platform. Due to the change in weight, a new duck-tail stern was fitted to the ship to provide stability.[2][3] The refit also included the introduction of some new Lanai cabins on the Promenade deck. The cabins have mirrored glass doors which open onto Promenade deck.[4]

Pilot rescue[edit]

On January 20, 2015, Veendam began a seemingly normal 18-day cruise in the Hawaiian Islands. Five days later, on January 25, 2015, 5:21 PM Hawaii–Aleutian Time, Veendam was called by the United States Coast Guard to rescue Pilot Louis Morton who had ditched his plane after he experienced a mechanical failure approximately 225 nautical miles off the coast of Maui. Coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard, Veendam launched Lifeboat 2 in a successful rescue operation, much to the excitement of her passengers.[5]

Current cruises[edit]

Today Veendam sails around South America during the winter based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Valparaiso, Chile & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and during the summer is based in New York City, New York sailing to Bermuda as well as Atlantic Canada & New England.[6]

Veendam currently sails out of Boston Harbor alternating with her twin, Maasdam.


  1. ^ "Cruises on ms Veendam, a Holland America Line cruise ship". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  2. ^ "Veendam Refit". Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  3. ^ "HAL Blog - Extra Deck". Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  4. ^ "HAL Blog - Lanai Staterooms". Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  5. ^ "Veendam Rescues Pilot Who Ditched His Plane in the Pacific Ocean". Holland America. 26 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Cruises to Alaska, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and the world on Holland America, one of the best cruise lines". Retrieved 2016-02-18.

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