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Holland America Line

Built in 1986 -- 53,872 tons -- 1494 passengers (double capacity)


Holland America Line’s “No Tipping Required” policy means that, while gratuities are appreciated by crewmembers, they are not solicited aboard Westerdam. 

Trays of mints, dried fruits, and candied ginger can be found outside the dining room on Westerdam. 

Passengers on Westerdam are presented with a complimentary cotton canvas carryall bag imprinted with the Holland America Line logo. 

A favorite dessert on Westerdam is the famous Holland America Line Bread and Butter Pudding. 

Shoeshine bags are provided in every Westerdam stateroom for complimentary shoeshine service. 

The all-natural products in every Westerdam bathroom have been carefully evaluated and found to be healthy as well as good for the environment. The organic/vegetable-based bath products use no animal testing. 

If requested in advance, Westerdam guests with babies may obtain a complimentary supply of baby food, diapers, and an in-stateroom refrigerator. 

Earn stamps by participating in the Westerdam Passport to Fitness program and receive special Holland America Line logo gifts. 

An art and history tour is scheduled on every Westerdam cruise to offer information about the vessel’s art and antiques, which are worth approximately two million dollars. 

A highlight of a Holland America Cruise on the Westerdam is the crew show, produced by either the Indonesian or Filipino crewmembers and spotlighting songs and dances from their homelands. 

The Westerdam has an on board infirmary staffed by a licensed physician and three registered nurses. 

The Westerdam infirmary is equipped with emergency medical facilities and a well-stocked pharmacy. 

No youth activities are scheduled when Westerdam is in port. While sailing there is at least one morning activity, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening. 

Youngsters participating in Westerdam’s Club HAL program receive a daily list of scheduled youth activities and a Club HAL t-shirt. 

On Westerdam’s wrap-around promenade deck passengers can walk, jog, or stretch out in the shade on a lounge chair.

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