1996 VEENDAM (IV)
PREVIOUS NAMES: None
TONN. BRT: 55,451 NRT: 26,945 DWT: 6,604
BUILT AT: Cantierie Navali Fincantieri, Maghera Venice, Italy.
BUILT IN: 1996 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 (V, Maasdam (V) Ryndam (III)
REMARKS: 2 Becker Rudders, 2 Bow and 1 Stern thruster of 1,720 Kw. each..
Constructed of steel as a purpose built cruise ship. Became the fourth ship of what was originally 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 Caribbean 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 reflagged into the Dutch Registry on 10 Jan. 2006 (Capt. Albert J. Schoonderbeek.)
For the year 2007, the ship sailed in Europe during the summer and in the Caribbean 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 went to dry dock in April for 2009 SOE upgrade. This included the adding of balcony cabins by lifting the Navigation Deck aft pool area one deck up and replacing the pool chest with a flat paddle pool. Added was an outside bar and Pizzerria. The Piano Bar was opened up to create a multiple bar area called The Mix, with a sports bar, cocktail bar and champagne bar with cocktail and late night entertainment. Tiered seating was added to the show lounge on the lower level and the stage lay-out was improved. Also all cabins received a make over with soft and hard furnishings.
After the drydock the ship will return to the Alaska for the season followed by cruises around South America druing the winter of 2009/2010. In the summer of 2010 the ship sailed on the New York – Bermuda service as their precedesors once did as well.
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