Ship Model, ms Zuiderdam

This waterline model represents the ms Zuiderdam, a cruise ship owned and operated by Holland America Line. The Zuiderdam was built in Marghera, Italy, by Fincantieri, a firm specializing in modern cruise ships, and began service in 2002. The ship is the first in Holland America’s Vista-class series, the company’s new line of vessels featuring diesel-electric power plants for energy savings and an Azipod propulsion system for greater maneuverability. All Vista-class vessels are 81,769 gross tons and carry 1,848 passengers with a crew of 800. The Zuiderdam’s home port is Rotterdam.
Holland America Line designs its ships and markets its cruises for what the industry considers the premium markets. The Zuiderdam features Venetian-themed artwork and offers a variety of suites, staterooms, restaurants, lounges, and cafes, as well as recreational facilities including a theater, a golf simulator room, a casino, and a spa. Like other large cruise ship companies, Holland America caters largely to American customers. It runs vessels in all of the major cruise markets, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, and the Mediterranean.
Object Name
ship model
model, ship
date made
owned and operated
Holland America Line
firm who built the ship
Physical Description
plastic (part: model material)
wood (part: base material)
overall: 14 in x 68 1/2 in x 14 in; 35.56 cm x 173.99 cm x 35.56 cm
where ship was built
ship's home port
United States: Washington, Seattle
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Sports & Leisure
On the Water exhibit
Contemporary United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Holland America Line
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL

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