Statendam Review

Editor Rating: 4.0
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Why Choose Statendam?
  • Sails unique itineraries to exotic destinations
  • Offers iPod tours of the art and artifact collection
  • Dining options include traditional and flexible

Statendam Overview

Editor's Note: Holland America's Statendam (along with sister ship Ryndam) was moved to P&O Cruises Australia and renamed Pacific Eden. It debuted in Australia November 2015.

Holland America Line's Statendam is the fifth in the company's 130-year history to bear the name, and was the first of a new class of ships when it debuted in 1993. Alternative dining? Updated spa facilities? Great entertainment? Yes, on all counts. Statendam is a winner, truly offering something for everyone.

Lest the ship lose its edge as newer and more innovative lines debut, Holland America treated Statendam to an extensive makeover in early 2010. It came out of dry dock on March 26, 2010, with a dynamic new showroom replacing the traditional Van Gogh room; outstanding changes to Deck 8 (Upper Promenade), with new lounges and new public areas in what the cruise line calls Mix; and some new touches in all cabin categories including new granite sinks, attractive and contemporary-looking soft goods, and the addition of new spa cabins with Zen-like decor, upgraded amenities, and beautiful drapes and bedding. Much of the ship's existing carpeting has been replaced.

In keeping with the Holland America tradition of old-meets-new, Statendam blends Old World tradition with state-of-the-art modern technology. It has always been an elegant vessel, and with its updated new look, Statendam continues to be a great ship on which to enjoy a vacation at sea.

Editor's note: Also new to the ship is a policy of not requiring guests to wear their life vests to boat drills. Drills are still mandatory, but 2010 versions include explanations and policies while avoiding the possibility of guests tripping over dangling belts on their way to and from the drill.

Statendam Fellow Passengers

Passengers are primarily aged 60-plus, with more families during holiday and vacation periods. On Alaska cruises, the cruise line offers special shore excursion for children, attracting more families during the summer.

Statendam Dress Code

Cruise casual, with a lightweight sweater or jacket. Ships always seem cold, and the Statendam, while warm in decor and friendliness, is kept quite cool. Formal nights require a tuxedo or dark suit for men and all the glitz women can pack into their luggage. Informal nights mean a dress or blouse, skirt or pants for women and jackets but no ties for men.

Statendam Gratuity

The automatic tip for passengers staying in interior, oceanview and verandah cabins is $12.50 per person, per day. Passengers in suites will be charged $13.50 per person, per day.
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Updated By Marcia Levin, Cruise Critic contributor

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Statendam Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.0
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.3
    4.0
  • Cabins
    3.9
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.9
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    2.8
    2.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.8
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.8
    4.0
  • Service
    4.3
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.9
    4.0

Ship Facts

Ship Stats
Crew:  580
Launched:  1993
Decks:  10
Tonnage:  55,819
Passengers:  1,260
Registry:  Netherlands
CDC Score:  100

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murphys
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
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The Shore Excursions manager was hopeless, especially at Guam, where no shuttles had been organised, so people spent up to $70 for taxis to downtown (we did our own thing, near the ship, finding a beautiful hidden beach), but the pathetic ... Read more
boilerstoker
Member Since 2011
1 review
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We are long-time members of the Princess family but have always heard wonderful things about Holland America. We found a 14-day Alaskan cruise, round-trip Seattle that visited some ports we've wanted to see so we booked and looked forward ... Read more
Trail Dawg
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We went on a two-week cruise to Alaska, aboard the Ms Statendam. We had sailed with several other cruise lines before, but this was our first time with Holland America. In comparison, Holland America was below average. Our ocean view ... Read more