This is the Holland America "Amsterdam".

# Guests = 1,380

Crew = 590

Length = 780 feet

Max speed = 24.5 knots

Gross tonnage = 61,000 tons

5 deisel generators

Total power = 66,500 HP

Propulsion power = 46,000 HP

Fuel consumption = 32,000 gallons/day

Potable water production = 370,000 gallons/day



Our cabin was roomy enough, with a queen sized bed, a full bathroom, a sitting area, and a balcony.


The dining area, La Fontaine, was the formal dining room. The presentation of the food was fantastic, but the actual quality of the preparation was not what I had hoped for. I had always heard how esquisite cruise ship food was, but to me, it tasted like hotel food. The menu was outstanding however - steak and lobster, duck, escargot, prime rib, etc.

Towards the end of the cruise, we ate exclusively in the Lido Room, a cafeteria style restaurant. It had a wider selection, the food seemed to taste better, and I didn't have to dress up.


Pam on top (9th level of the ship)


Pam and Veronica Magee. Ship was leaving Seattle (Space Needle in background)


The only place we really felt cold while in Alaska was at Glacier Bay. We didn't get off the ship there - we just putted around on the ship looking at glaciers.


John Magee looking from his balcony at Ketchikan Alaska.