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Holland America Line: Statendam

Statendam Review

Launched in 1993, Statendam introduced the Statendam- or S-class of Holland America Line ships. Historical Dutch life and exploration is the theme of the ship’s art, which features more than $2 million worth of art and rare artifacts. A highlight is a pair of gilded

bronze monkeys stationed outside the Piano Bar; maritime art includes interesting maps and charts as well as a series of oil paintings of Holland America ships painted by world renowned marine painter Captain Stephen J. Card.

The sister ships included in the S- or Statendam-class retain the most classic and traditional characteristics of Holland America Line vessels. Routinely updated with innovative features, including Signature of Excellence upgrades, they combine all the advantages of intimate, midsize vessels with high-tech and stylish details.

At the heart of the ships, triple-deck atriums graced by suspended glass sculptures open onto three so-called promenade decks; the lowest contains staterooms encircled by a wide, teak outdoor deck furnished with padded steamer chairs, while interior, art-filled passageways flow past lounges and public rooms on the two decks above. Either reach the lower dining room floor via the aft elevator, or enter one deck above and make a grand entrance down the sweeping staircase.

Holland America Line has enjoyed a distinguished record of traditional cruises, world exploration, and transatlantic crossings since 1873—all facets of its history that are reflected in the fleet's multimillion-dollar shipboard art and antiques collections. Even the ships' names follow a pattern set long ago: all end in the suffix dam and are either derived from the names of various dams that cross Holland's rivers, important Dutch landmarks, or points of the compass. The names are even recycled when vessels are retired, and some are in their fifth and sixth generation of use.

Noted for focusing on passenger comfort, Holland America Line cruises are classic in design and style, and with an infusion of younger adults and families on board, they remain refined without being stuffy or stodgy. Following a basic design theme, returning passengers feel as at home on the newest Holland America vessels as they do on older ones.

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What You Should Know


  • Statendam-class ships have some of the fleet’s most trendy bars
  • The Ocean Bar hits the right balance for socializing with the after-dinner crowd
  • Movie theaters double as culinary arts centers


  • Railings on the balcony level of the main show lounge obstruct the view of the stage
  • Club HAL can feel empty on some cruises
  • The addition of Explorations Café means no more free coffee bar
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 580
  • Entered Service 1993
  • Gross Tons 55,819
  • Length 720 feet
  • Number of Cabins 630
  • Passenger Capacity 1,260
  • Width 101 feet

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