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Statendam - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Holland America Line's Statendam in the Panama Canal This class of four handsome 1,258-passenger vessels built in the mid 1990s has the sharp look of a classic ocean liner, with a sweeping foredeck and lovely tired decks at the stern. The Statendam is spacious, yet intimate in size and has a lovely traditional feel without being stuffy. Like the rest of the fleet, Holland America Line's Signature of Excellence enhancements in recent years have kept the Statendam and her sisters looking fresh and modern.

Public Rooms & Activities On Statendam
Public spaces include the popular Explorations Café, a combo Internet center, coffee shop and well-stocked library. A row of comfy chaise loungers connected with CD players and headphone stations face the sea through floor-to-ceiling windows, while other clusters of couches and chairs invite reading and resting. Evenings, options include the dimly lit and atmospheric piano bar; a new lounge called Mix for a great martini, glass of bubbly or anything else that tickles your taste buds. Dancers head to the Ocean Bar for its live band, while the Crow’s Nest nightclub up top becomes the ship’s disco at night. The ships’ two-story showrooms have cozy groupings of banquettes and movable chairs on the first level, a rare set up these days. A casino and small movie theater, that doubles as the Culinary Arts Center demo kitchen, round out the entertainment venues.

Kids are entertained too in a bright, windowed playroom decorated like a giant paint box. For older kids there are video games and a karaoke machine, while teens are privy to Oasis, a secluded patch of deck with a wading pool with a waterfall, deck chairs and hammocks.

Exercisers will appreciate the roomy ocean view gyms and large aerobics area, plus the combo basketball/tennis/volleyball courts up on the Sports Deck. The redesigned Greenhouse Spas each sport thermal suites with a hydrotherapy whirlpool and heated tile loungers. There are two pools, one with a sliding glass roof when cruising in cool climes like Alaska, and one aft with great views of the ship’s wake.

Statendam Lido PoolDining On Statendam
When it comes to eating, choices include the elegant, two-story main dining room at the stern, with a pair of curved staircases sweeping down to the lower level for grand entrances. The Pinnacle Grill for steaks and seafood is much smaller and more intimate, while casual diners can always head for the indoor/outdoor buffet restaurant, complete with a taco station and burger grill; and evenings, a new Italian section called Canaletto.

Staterooms & Suites On Statendam
Roomy standard cabins are at least 185 square feet and feature super comfy bedding, plus a flatscreen TV and DVD player, makeup mirror, massage shower head and bathrobes. Outside cabins on the Lower Promenade Deck face the wraparound promenade deck, where walkers have great views of the sea (special reflective glass prevents outsiders from spying in).

Ship Information
Statendam belongs to Holland America Line's Statendam Class of cruise ships. Holland America Line names its ships after something very important to the country of Holland - its dams. The cruise line's ships are characterized by elegant design and many lounges - quiet as well as lively ones. With the "Signature of Excellence" initiative Holland America ships now include a Culinary Arts center presented by Food & Wine magazine (it's like being in the studio of a TV cooking show), the Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, and cabin amenities such as perhaps the best beds in the cruise industry - the Mariner's Dream Beds.

Ship Facts
Year Built 1993 ♦ Ship's Class: Statendam Class ♦ Year Refurbished 2007 ♦ Country of Registry Netherlands ♦ Tonnage 56,000 ♦ Length 720 ft - 216 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 1,258 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 1,621 ♦ Passenger Decks 10 ♦ Officers and Crew 580 ♦ Officer's Nationality International ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Cabins
Total 629 ♦ Suites with Balcony 149 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 352 ♦ Inside 128 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 15 ♦ Holland America Line's cabins are among the best one can find, with spacious, thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Dining
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "As You Wish Dining" lets you choose the venues and style that suit you ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar: Explorations Cafe powered by New York Times ♦ 24 Hour Room Service Available

Large Oceanview cabin on Holland America Line's StatendamPublic Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck wraps around the ship

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center