One of the smallest and oldest members of Holland America Line’s 14 ship fleet, the 55,575 gross ton Maasdam carries 1,258 guests. Built in 1993 and christened by Hollywood icon June Allyson, the Maasdam was the third member of the “S” or Staten dam Class, which also included the 1992 built Staten dam (now P&O Australia’s Pacific Eden), the 1994 built Ryndam (now P&O Australia’s Pacific Aria) and the 1994 built Veen dam. Hull No. 5882, the Maasdam was built by Fincantieri’s Monfalcone (near Trieste) shipyard. Shown as built in this painting by maritime artist Stephen Card, which is on display in the ship’s forward stairtower, the Maasdam is the fifth Holland America ship to bear the name. In 2011, the 719 by 101 foot ship was given a Signature of Excellence refit that included extending the Lido Deck above the wheelhouse forward to provide more space for the spa. The ship’s forward staircase boasts Stephen Card paintings of all of the prior Maasdams, including the first, a 1,705 gross ton ship built in 1872 that carried 296 passengers in two classes. The second Maasdam was built in 1871 as the Republic for White Star Line and was sold to Holland America Line in 1889. It measured 3,983 gross tons and carried 1,010 passengers in three classes. The third Maasdam was an 8,800 gross ton cargo passenger ship built in 1921 that could carry 988 passengers in three classes. The fourth Maasdam was built in 1952 and had a capacity for 39 first class and 854 tourist class passengers. In 1968, it was sold to Polish Ocean Lines and became their popular Stefan Batory, which was retired in 1988 and scrapped in 1999. The Maasdam has 10 passenger decks that are served by eight lifts and two stairtowers. The uppermost level, Sky Deck (14) features an open-air observation and sunning platform that surrounds the mast housing. This view is facing aft from the starboard side of Sky Deck towards the midships pool area. Sports Deck (12) begins with a teak-lined walkway that surrounds the midships pool. On the starboard side, it contains a shuffleboard court. There is a netted basketball court on the starboard side of Sports Deck. On the port side of Sports Deck, there is a deck tennis court. Lido Deck (11) begins with a narrow observation platform that overlooks the bow. The midships portion of Lido Deck contains a large pool, Jacuzzi and sunning area that can be covered in inclement weather by a sliding glass and steel Magrodome. This is another view of the midships lido area. The Lido Bar is aft of the midships pool. The aft portion of Lido Deck has an open terrace that overlooks the stern. The open-air Sea View Pool is located on aft Navigation Deck (10). Another open-air observation platform is located on forward Verandah Deck (9). On aft Verandah Deck, there is a sheltered terrace with seating that overlooks the ship’s wake. The Maasdam has a long fo’c’sle on Deck 8 that can be opened up to guests when the ship is cruising through scenic areas. One of the Maasdam’s most popular features is the full wraparound, teak-lined promenade on Lower Promenade Deck (6). Four times around equals a mile. Seating 269, the Crow’s Nest is an observation lounge on Sports Deck surrounded by picture windows. In its center is a bar and large dance floor. Alcoves on the port and starboard side of the Crow’s Nest are ideal for group gatherings. The youth facilities are in the far aft portion of Sports Deck. Club HAL is on the port side and offers up activities for kids aged 3 to 12. The Loft is Maasdam’s teen center on aft/starboard Sports Deck. Accessed via the Greenhouse Spa, the gym is located on forward Lido Deck. It features cardio machines, free weights and weight machines as well as an aerobics and spinning area. The Greenhouse Spa is staffed by Steiner and located on forward Lido Deck. A full-service beauty salon offers up a menu of hair, skin and nail treatments. There is even a pedicure station in the Maasdam’s Greenhouse Spa. The Greenhouse Spa has separate men’s (shown) and women’s changing areas, each with showers and steam rooms. The Greenhouse Spa has a thermal suite with heated mosaic-topped loungers, a Jacuzzi and massage showers. Before and after treatments, Greenhouse Spa customers have access to a relaxation room with a view of the sea. The Greenhouse Spa has numerous treatment rooms for both singles and couples. The Lido Market is Maasdam’s 654-seat casual buffet-style eatery located on aft Lido Deck. Canaletto is adjacent to the Lido Restaurant. By day, the 78 seat eatery is part of the Lido but at night it becomes a reservations required, extra tariff ($15 cover) Italian specialty restaurant. The Neptune Lounge is located on midships Navigation Deck (10). It is a concierge lounge for the exclusive use of guests occupying Pinnacle and Neptune suites. The upper level of the 667-seat Showroom at Sea begins a full deck of public rooms on Upper Promenade Deck (8). The 63-seat Ocean Bar overlooks the starboard side of the Atrium on Upper Promenade Deck. The Ocean Bar has numerous seating alcoves, a large dance floor and full-length windows on its starboard side. The Casino is aft of the Atrium on Upper Promenade Deck. The Mix is a suite of bars on Upper Promenade Deck adjacent to the Casino. The aft portion of The Mix has a dedicated Champagne Bar and a dedicated Martini Bar. Merabella is a high-end jewelry shop on Upper Promenade Deck. Due to its proximity to the Pinnacle Grill and the Rotterdam Dining Room, the 63-seat Explorer’s Lounge is a favorite pre- and post-dinner watering hole. The Future Cruise Desk is sandwiched between the Explorer’s Lounge and the Explorations Cafe on Upper Promenade Deck. The Explorations Cafe is a combination specialty coffee shop, Internet center (charges apply) and library on the port side of Upper Promenade Deck. The aft portion of the Explorations Cafe is home to the library, puzzles and board games. The Pinnacle Grill is the extra-tariff ($35-per guest), reservations-required Pacific Northwest-themed steakhouse on aft Upper Promenade Deck. The Digital Workshop is a computer classroom (Windows) on Upper Promenade Deck. The upper level of the 1096 seat Rotterdam Dining Room occupies the far aft portion of Upper Promenade Deck. The lower portion of the Showroom at Sea begins a full deck of public spaces on Promenade Deck (7). A photo gallery is on the port side of Promenade Deck, just aft of the Showroom at Sea. The Front Office reception desk and shore excursions office overlook the Atrium on the starboard side of Promenade Deck. The Atrium’s main focal point is a three deck tall sculpture called “Totem,” made with over 2,000 glass components by Luciano Vistosi. Just aft of the Atrium, there is a small art gallery. A wine bar and gourmet shop adjoins the art gallery. The Wajang Theater doubles as a cinema (with freshly popped popcorn served when movies are screened) and the Culinary Arts Center, where cooking classes are offered. The 54-seat Hudson Room is one of two adjacent meeting rooms on Promenade Deck. The 65-seat Half Moon is the larger of two meeting rooms on Promenade Deck. The lower portion of the double deck Rotterdam Dining Room is located at the far aft end of Promenade Deck. The bottom level of the Maasdam’s three deck Atrium is located on Lower Promenade Deck. At the very top end of the Maasdam’s guest accommodation, the Pinnacle Suite measures 1,273 square feet. This is the dining room, which can seat eight. The living room area of the Pinnacle Suite has picture windows with a sea view, a sofa bed and an entertainment center. The Pinnacle Suite bedroom has a king sized bed with a Sealy Euro-top premium mattress and a dressing area. The Pinnacle Suite has an extra large balcony with a dining area and plenty of space for a pair of loungers. The Pinnacle Suite has a marble- and granite-lined master bathroom with twin sinks, a separate shower with massage shower heads and a Jacuzzi tub. The Pinnacle Suite has a powder room in addition to its master bathroom. The Pinnacle Suite also has its own private pantry and galley. The Maasdam has 28 575 square foot Neptune Suites. Guests in Neptune Suites enjoy priority embarkation and disembarkation, access to the Neptune Lounge and numerous perks not available to Vista Suite and standard cabin guests. Neptune Suites have a spacious sitting area. Neptune Suites have a walk in closet with a dressing area and vanity. Neptune Suites have teak-lined balconies with a dining nook and wicker seating. Neptune Suite bathrooms have a full tub combined with a shower. Pinnacle and Neptune Suites are supplied with bottled Elemis Aromapure amenities (bath salts, loofa, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, soap). The Maasdam has 112 Vista Suites that measure 283 square feet. In addition to all standard cabin amenities, Vista Suites have premium duvets, cotton bathrobes, binoculars and access to a complimentary DVD library. Vista Suites have teak-lined balconies with wicker seating. Vista Suites have bathrooms with full tubs. All staterooms, aside from the Pinnacle Neptune Suites, are fitted with Elemis dispensers (shampoo, conditioner and shower gel). Eight Vista Spa Suites measure 282 square feet. Located near the Greenhouse Spa on Veranda Deck, they have exclusive spa amenities that include yoga mats and manuals, in addition to all standard amenities. Vista Spa Suites are also supplied with bottled water and vitaminwater. Twenty nine Lanai staterooms measure between 191 and 256 square feet. Standard amenities include two twin beds that convert to a queen, massage showerheads, waffle weave bathrobes, hairdryers, no host mini bar, flatscreen TV, DVD player, nightly turndown service and 5x magnifying mirrors. Located on Lower Promenade Deck, Lanai Suites have full-length glass doors that open onto the promenade. Each Lanai Suite has access to a pair of deck chairs on the promenade. The 319 Ocean-view Staterooms have twin portholes (shown) or picture windows and measure 197 square feet. The 127 Interior staterooms measure between 141 and 226 square feet. Ocean-view and Interior staterooms have bathrooms with a shower. The Maasdam has seven specially equipped wheelchair accessible staterooms in several categories. This is a modified Lanai Suite on Lower Promenade Deck. Wheel chair access staterooms have bathrooms with a roll-in shower and unfolding seat. The Maasdam spends the winter in Pacific and Hawaii cruise service and sails to Canada and New England in the summer.