Maasdam is a Holland America cruise ship named for a dam located
on the Maas River in the Netherlands.
She was ordered along with her sisters MS Statendam and MS
Ryndam in 1989 from Fincantieri Shipyards. During design of her
class there was concern over her ability to meet the strict new
SOLAS 90 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea
stability requirements which go into effect in 2010. Her sister,
MS Statendam proved to meet these requirements beyond
expectations and the additional ballast tanks fitted to the
class to provide added stability usually travel void for weight
reduction and hence, fuel savings. Her hull design is based
largely on that of MS Costa Classica with changes to make it
more buoyant as the superstructure of Maasdam and her sisters is
much heavier than that of Costa Classica. Maasdam and her
sisters have articulated "Hinze" flap rudders, basically a
rudder with a small portion of its aft that can be steered in
addition to the main rudder, for exceptional maneuverability.
When launched her class proved to be one of the world's most
technically advanced and optimized cruise ships in the world
during sea trials.