Maasdam is one of the most iconic ships in Holland America’s fleet. Holland America introduced Explorations Central (known as EXC) in 2018. With 145 years of cruising experience Holland America wanted to take their guests to new places to enhance their experience. Maasdam is the only ship dedicated to Explorations Central In-depth Voyages that gives guests the unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves into the local culture and have a deeper connection to the destinations they visit. If you are an explorer – then Maasdam is the perfect ship for you!
Each in-depth voyage is heavily focused on educating guests on the incredible destinations they are visiting through interesting lectures, workshops, cultural performances and the most unforgettable shore excursions. During the voyage enjoy listening to local speakers who come onboard to educate you about the destination and local traditions of the places you are visiting. Instead of grand theatrical shows you enjoy local entertainment onboard that makes the voyage an authentic experience. This means you can experience the destinations you are visiting on the ship as well as onshore. There are six themes that Maasdam experts focus upon onboard which include:
- Food, Wine & Spirits
- Active Exploration
- Nature and Science
- History and perspective
- Arts and Culture
EXC is an exclusive program offered by Holland America only on Maasdam. The ship has a guest capacity of 1,258 and is 719 feet in length and 105.8 in width. Due to her smaller size it gives her access to many ports very few cruise ships can visit. This means you can experience some of the most untouched and hard to access destinations that many don’t ever see. Talk about boasting rights!
If you thought that was good - Maasdam is also the only Holland America ship that is fitted with inflatable Zodiac boats (which no, you do not need to blow up yourself!). Zodiac boats allow you to access remote destinations that you cannot reach any other way from mangrove marshlands to remote uninhabited islands. Embrace the opportunity to explore nature, history and culture with destination experts.
Maasdam celebrates traditional cruising. As soon as you step onboard you will be amazed by her elegance, timeless décor and admire the incredible art pieces on display throughout the ship and in the art gallery. Maasdam also features a theatre, casino, shopping outlets, sport courts, numerous cafes, bars, lounges and restaurants, outdoor swimming pool, spa service, an onboard fitness center and more.
Holland America pride themselves on their customer service. Enjoy the wonderful service provided by the crew who are always happy to help make your journey special. Maasdam warmly welcomes children onboard these sailings but due to the emphasis and learning of the destination, Kids Club is not offered on these special in-depth sailings.
Maasdam is due to set sail from Australia in 2020/21 and this is your chance to discover the breathtaking landscapes of Australia on the Australia Circumnavigation cruise. Would you like to travel further afield? There is also an Australian and Indonesia Explorer itinerary where you can experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef as well as Darwin, Bali, Komodo Island, Labok, Java and more. Maasdam will also have in-depth voyages to New Zealand.
Looking to discover more of the world? Sail on Maasdam and visit other exciting destinations such as Mexico, Asia, South Pacific or Alaska.
This is a one of a kind holiday - one you will never forget that will change your perspective of cruising.