MS Westerdam 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 third ship in her class and primarily operates out of Seattle in the summer – performing roundtrip Alaskan cruises. In the winter she moves down the West Coast and home-ports in San Diego whilst operating roundtrip cruises to the Mexican Riviera and Hawaii.
The theme of MS Westerdam’s art collection is Dutch heritage in the New World. Art ranges from paintings of historic Dutch ships, such as Henry Hudson’s Half Moon, to a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway, a bone tobacco pipe carved in the shape of a woman’s head to a collection of 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian carved limestone figures from Ecuador.
The prefixes of MS Westerdam and her three sisters’ names represent all four directions of the compass! This ship represents the West direction on the compass.