Veendam (IV) of 1996
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. During the summer of 2008 the ship once again sailed on the 14 day (Seward) cycle, followed in autumn by an 31 day Panama Canal/Amazon cruise.
After a Caribbean winter season 2008/2009 the ship is scheduled to enter drydock near april for 2009 SOE upgrade. This will include the adding of balcony cabins by lifting the Navigation Deck pool one deck. Adding an outside bar and Pizzerria to this pool area. Opening up the Piano Bar to encompass a multiple bar area called The Mix. Adding tiered seating to the show lounge on the lower level and improving on the stage lay-out. Also all cabins will be given a make over with soft and hard furnishings. After this drydock the ship will return to the Alaska season followed by cruises around South AmericaFor the summer of 2010 the ship is scheduled to sail on the New york – Bermuda service as their precedessors once did as well.
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.