Saturday, 15 August 2009


Although - like Cunard, Princess Cruises and AIDA Cruises - Holland America Line is part of the Carnival Corporation, this has been the first recent visit by one of their ships to Greenock. MAASDAM had arrived at Greenock early on Saturday from the Mersey, as part of a lengthy 'Voyage of the Vikings' cruise that had started at Boston on July 25. After visiting various ports in Canada, Greenland and Iceland, MAASDAM had touched in at Invergordon and South Queensferry before heading for Rotterdam. A brief call was made at Dunmore in southern Ireland, and at Liverpool before heading for Greenock. MAASDAM - which has visited Greenock before - was completed in 1993 by Fincantieri and is 219.2 metres in length, with a gross tonnage of 55,451 tons. Carrying 1,258 passengers, she is usually based in American waters. From the Clyde, MAASDAM was sailing for the Faeroes, before retracing her steps back to Boston.