My company Holland America line has 13 cruise ships and two on order. The ms Eurodam the first ship of the new signature class will enter service in june 2008 and the No-Name-Yet Dam which is scheduled for 2010. Since december 2004 I have been assigned to the ms Veendam. The ships fleet is subdivided into classes. (Vista Class, R Class and S class, and the one off Prinsendam) The Veendam is one of four ships belonging to the S-class. Here follows some technical and historical information about the ship.
TONN. BRT: 55,451 NRT: 26,945 DWT: 6,604
BUILT AT: Cantierie Navali Fincantieri, Maghera Venice, Italy.
BUILT IN: 1993 YARD NO: 5954
ENGINES: Two Sulzer 12ZA40S + three Sulzer 8ZA40S diesel engines by New Sulzer France
connected to two 12 MW ABB Cyclo converter electro motors.
ENGINE OUTPUT: 2 X 8640 Kw. + 3 X 5760 Kw. PROPS: Two (pitch)
SERVICE SPD: 20 Knots MAX.SPD: 22.60 Knots (trials)
LENGTH.O.A: 219.30 Meters LENGTH.PP: 185.00 Meters
BEAM OA: 30.80 Meters (Hull width) DEPTH: 40.00 Meters (Top Deck)
DRAFT: 7.70 Meters max. at a displacement of 30.305 Tons
PAX.CAP: 1266 , Max. 1516 (including 250 Pullman) in 625 cabins 501 outside.
CREW: 589 certified, max. beds 618.
SISTERSHIPS: Statendam (5), Maasdam (5) Ryndam (3)
REMARKS: 2 Becker Rudders, 2 Bow and 1 Stern thruster of 1,720 Kw. each..
Constructed of steel as a purpose built cruiseship. Became the fourth ship of what was orginally supposed to be a three ship S- class. The contract for the 4th addition was signed on 25 feb. 1994 and the keel laid on 20 September 1994. Floated out on 24 June 1995 and delivered on 1 May 1996 at the shipyard. Sailed empty to Florida under the command of Capt. W.H. Eulderink.
The ship was named on 25 May 1996 in Port Everglades by the actress Debbie Reynolds and sailed the same day with a full complement of passengers for her first commercial cruise. (10 day Caribbean cruise). She remained the whole year of 1996 in the Carribean and then sailed to Alaska for the summer of 1997. In 2005 Holland America decided to upgrade all the existing ships under a project called “Signature of Excellence”. It was the Veendams turn between 3 jan. and 28 Jan. 2006 during a dry dock period in Freeport Bahamas. The refit included the addition of a two story Youth centre behind the funnel, remodeling of some public rooms and extending the Ocean Spa above the bridge. During this refit the ship was flagged into the Dutch Registry on 10 Jan. 2006 (Capt. Albert J. Schoonderbeek.)
For the year 2007, the ship will sail in Europe during the summer and in the Caraibbean in the winter.
The Veendam is the fourth ship of this name. The first one was commissioned for the company in 1889, the second one in 1922 and the third one in 1973.
The name Veendam comes from a little village located in the North Eastern part of the Netherlands. Veen means peat in Dutch, Dam means Dam as in HooverDam or BoulderDam. Thus Veendam is a village located around a dam in a river in a peaty area.
Note: above information was partly extracted from 125 Years of Holland America Line, a book I co-authored in 1998, when the company existed for 125 years. The book sold out long time ago but is regularly offered for sale on Abebooks.