With a length of 720 feet, Holland America’s MS Maasdam sailed in Tonga’s Port this Wednesday, February 1, 2017. MS Maasdam is the 2nd Statendam (S-class) ship of Holland America and it cost US $215 million to build and was last refurbished in March 2016.
After eighteen years in service, it has succeeded in retaining its youth — with a major sweep of contemporary updates in both 2006 and the spring of 2011 — but has resisted the impulse to act like a teenager. As such, the 1,258-passenger Maasdam has retained some of the traditional sensibilities that appeal to its older audience base — high tea, formal nights, ballroom dancing and displays of antiques — while adding elements to appeal to younger audiences. Such newer features include two contemporary alternative restaurants, wireless hotspots, three new hip specialty bars and an iPod tour of the aforementioned antiques.