Moderate Mid-Size SET SAIL 1999
Foodie classes and tastings at the Culinary Arts Center
The spacious mid-size of the ship
The Pinnacle Grill's alternate dining choice
An elegant sculpture by Luciano Vistosi at the heart of ship

Midsize ships aren't for everyone, but ms Volendam and other similar ships from Holland America have a loyal following for good reason. There's more than enough to enjoy onboard and in the spacious staterooms, even during longer Pacific crossings with lots of sea days.

ms Volendam OVERVIEW

Along with sister ship ms Zaandam and the similarly sized R-class ms Rotterdam and ms Amsterdam, ms Volendam is one of Holland America Line's midsize offerings, which are beloved by fans of the line who don't crave huge cruise ships featuring everything under the sun. Five years into her time at sea, she received the Signature of Excellence enhancements, which helped lure many repeat and first-time guests.

The colorful garden theme of the ship — and the only real differentiation from ms Zaandam — is subtle and is mostly found in floral-patterned fabrics and tapestries throughout the ship. You'll also see an abundance of tropical floral arrangements. Renaissance-style fountains from Italy adorn the ship's hallways, and a colorful sculpture by Luciano Vistosi, which was inspired by kaleidoscopes, graces the three-story atrium. A self-guided iPod tour of the ship highlights the artwork.

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ms Volendam travels in Asia and Indonesia January to April, shifts to Alaska itineraries from spring to fall, then focuses on the South Pacific and Australia regions.