- Pro: Fabulous entertainment, despite ship's small size
- Con: Not much variety of dining
- Bottom Line: Great value for bucket-list itineraries
Built in 2000, Amsterdam does not have as many balcony staterooms as newer ships. There are 135 inside cabins, measuring 182 square ft., and 385 outside cabins with 197 square ft. of living space. Any stateroom with a balcony on Amsterdam is dubbed a suite. The smallest are the Verandah Suites, measuring 292 square ft., including the outdoor space. On newer ships, Holland America calls rooms of this size Deluxe Verandah Outside Staterooms instead of suites.
Premium accommodations include two 1,159-square-ft. Penthouse Verandah Suites and 50 Deluxe Verandah Suites that measure 556 square ft. Passengers in those rooms have access to the Neptune Lounge, which is staffed with a concierge who can book spa appointments and shore excursions and make reservations at the Pinnacle Grill. Twenty-three rooms on Amsterdam are wheelchair accessible.
Cabins, decked out in red and earth-tone color schemes, are warm and comfortable. The beds (a queen can convert into two twins in inside, outside and verandah suites) are cozy with a total of six pillows. Penthouse and Deluxe Verandah Suites are outfitted with king beds. All rooms have silver flat-screen LG televisions that swivel (so you can watch from the bed) and DVD players. All rooms also have plush bathrobes, and bathroom amenities are from Elemis. Every cabin also has its own temperature control.
The best value stateroom is one of the 120 Verandah Suites. Verandahs have one chaise lounge, a chair and a table that can double as a foot rest. All suites also have small refrigerators that are stocked with soda and a handful of spirits. Bathrooms have large showers, but most suites and outside staterooms have combination showers and bathtubs. Each sitting area, which can be divided from the rest of the room by a curtain, has a red leather couch, a small table and a wall console that does double-duty as a dresser and entertainment center. There is no shortage of storage space with nine drawers in the entertainment center, two night stands and two floor-to-ceiling closets.
My one complaint? The stateroom lighting is poor. The living area, complete with a large wall mirror and smaller makeup mirror, is clearly meant to serve as a second dressing area, but good luck trying to apply your mascara in such dim light.
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