Holland America Line Ships by Size, Age and Class (2022)

Holland America Line - MS Koningsdam
Holland America Line - MS Koningsdam

Holland America Line has an active fleet of eleven ships currently. They have no current plans to extend their fleet.

In this guide, we will cover all the different ships in the Holland America fleet and how they compare to each other.

Introduction to Holland America Line

Holland America Line (or Holland America as it is sometimes more frequently referred to) was founded in 1873 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

All the way until 1989, it operated as a Dutch shipping line with passenger, cargo and cruise voyages between the Netherlands and North America (hence the name of the company!)

After 1989, it was acquired as a subsidiary of the Carnival Corporation but it is run as a separate brand and headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

They have a relatively small fleet of ships (eleven) compared to some of the bigger cruise line brands in the world, but all ships are under 2,700 passengers which makes them particularly attractive to people who don’t like a lot of people on their cruises!

In addition to this, the Holland America Culinary Council helps direct the quality of food and drink served across the line. Due to this, the dining experience onboard the ships is of a more premium nature than some of the more mass-market cruise lines.

Holland America Line Frequently Asked Questions

They are well-known for being specialists in cruising in Alaska. Spacious, mid-sized ships with luxury culinary experiences and exclusive onboard activities.

Yes. The line positions itself as a more premium cruise line than others, but not at the same cost as Seabourn or Silversea. Distinct differences to other lines are ships no bigger than 2,700 passengers, the Holland America Culinary Council and onboard experiences like classical music performances.

P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Carnival Cruises are just four of the brands which are sisters to Holland America Line.

There are eleven ships in the Holland America Line fleet. The latest ship to be added was in 2021.

Yes, Holland America is part of the Carnival Corporation which also owns Cunard Line and P&O Cruises amongst others.

Primarily because none of their ships carries more than 2,700 passengers and they offer a luxury feel at a much lower cost. Their attention to food and drink is very high due to the Holland America Line Culinary Council which was formed with distinctive top chefs to oversee the culinary options on each ship.

The average age is reportedly between 57 and 64 across the fleet. Attracting mainly couples and solo cruisers.

The largest ship currently is the MS Rotterdam which joined the fleet in 2021 and can carry 2,650 passengers.

The smallest Holland America line ship is MS Volendam, which carries 1,432 passengers and is 237m in length.

Holland America Line Ships by Size (from largest to smallest)

Ship NameTonnage (GRT)Passengers (Max)Length (Metres)Decks
MS Rotterdam99,9352,66829912
MS Nieuw Statendam99,9022,66629912
MS Koningsdam99,8632,65029912
MS Nieuw Amsterdam86,7002,10628511
MS Eurodam86,2732,10428511
MS Noordam82,5001,91628511
MS Oosterdam82,0001,96429011
MS Westerdam81,8111,96428511
MS Zuiderdam81,7691,91629111
MS Zaandam61,3961,43223710
MS Volendam60,9061,43223710

What does ‘Tonnage (GRT)’ mean?

GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) is a term used to calculate the volume inside a ship. It is a measure of cubic capacity and is calculated by the total volume from inside the hull and decks of the ship. 1 GRT = 100 cubic feet of space. In essence, the bigger the GRT – the more ‘space’ the ship has for passengers, cargo, etc.

How are ‘Passengers (Max)’ calculated?

You’ll see multiple numbers for passengers on ships – this is because many ships include extra beds in cabins (such as the sofa/couch can convert to a pull-out bed) – but the majority of cabins usually have 2 people in them. the ‘Max’ number is if every cabin used their additional pull-out bed, etc. This number is unlikely to be reached very frequently.

Holland America Line Ships by Age (from newest to oldest)

Ship NameBuilt
MS Rotterdam2021
MS Nieuw Statendam2018
MS Koningsdam2016
MS Nieuw Amsterdam2010
MS Eurodam2008
MS Noordam2006
MS Westerdam2004
MS Oosterdam2003
MS Zuiderdam2002
MS Zaandam2000
MS Volendam1999

Are all Holland America Line ships new builds?

Yes. All the current fleet of ships for Holland America Line are purpose-built specifically for the cruise line. Whilst some of their ships have been sold off or transferred to sister cruise lines in the past, every ship in the current fleet was designed for Holland America passengers from the beginning!

Holland America Line Ships by Class (from newest to oldest)

Ship NameClass
MS RotterdamPinnacle-class
MS Nieuw StatendamPinnacle-class
MS KoningsdamPinnacle-class
MS Nieuw AmsterdamSignature-class
MS EurodamSignature-class
MS NoordamVista-class
MS WesterdamVista-class
MS OosterdamVista-class
MS ZuiderdamVista-class
MS VolendamRotterdam-class
MS ZaandamRotterdam-class

Final Thoughts

Holland America Line is a line that feels more like an exclusive club than your other large cruise lines. Whilst they do cater for families, they are firmly aimed at couples and solos who enjoy the finer things in life – from high-end food and drink to exclusive lectures and classic musical performances.

Ideal for travellers who wish for some luxury, but don’t want to go very high end like Seabourn or Silversea.

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