MS Noordam (Holland America Line)


MS Noordam is a Vista-class ship, a popular choice for many Carnival brands due to her Panamax dimensions (the maximum dimensions until June 2016 that would fit through the Panama Canal)

She is the fourth ship in her class and primarily operates out of Vancouver in the summer – performing roundtrip Alaskan cruises. In the winter she moves to Australia and home-ports in Sydney whilst operating roundtrip cruises to the Fiji Islands and New Zealand.

Like other Holland America Line ships she contains beautiful Dutch artwork and sculptures. The main piece aboard her is a remarkable inlaid chest flanked by carved wooden 17th-century Baroque columns. Made in Germany in 1885, the chest is inlaid with ebony and precious stones.


The prefixes of MS Noordam and her three sisters’ names represent all four directions of the compass! This ship represents the North direction on the compass as Noord is North in Dutch.

Ship info

Cruise Line: Holland America Line
Status: In service
Ship size: Mid-size ship
Ship class: Vista
Sister ships:
Passengers: 1,924
Staterooms: 961
Total crew: 800
Ship length: 285.0 m
Ship beam: 32.3 m
Ship draft: 7.8 m
Tonnage: 82,318
No. of decks: 11
Elevators: 14
Service speed: 22.0 knots
Onboard currency: US Dollar
Registry port: Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
IMO number: 9230115
Call sign: PHET

Build details

Shipyard: Fincantieri Monfalcone
Build date: 2004
Build cost: $400 million USD
Entered service: February 2006


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