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  The Zuiderdam Cruise Ship in the Panama Canal

The Zuiderdam clearing the Miraflores Locks
The Zuiderdam clearing the Miraflores Locks - Panama Canal
The Zuiderdam is a cruise ship owned and operated by the Holland America Line.

The ms Zuiderdam began her inaugural season in 2002 as the first ship in our Vista-class series. She embraces the latest industry and environmental technologies such as her use of a diesel-electric power plant for optimal energy efficiency and an Azipod propulsion system. Forward-looking in both design and spirit, the ms Zuiderdam was also the first ship to offer data ports in every stateroom for Internet and email access.

The Zuiderdam does many Mediterranean Cruises as well as visiting far away destinations like the Panama Canal.

The Zuiderdam Cruise Ship in the Panama Canal
The Zuiderdam Cruise Ship in the Gatun Locks - Panama Canal
 on her partial transit on December 29, 2009
The Zuiderdam approaching the Millennium Bridge
The Zuiderdam approaching the Centennial Bridge

The ms Zuiderdam
Gross Tonnage: 82,000 grt.
Length: 951 feet
Beam: 105.8 feet
Maximum speed: 24 knots (service at 22 knots)
Ship's Registry: The Netherlands
Passenger capacity: 1,848
Crew: 800

It is the first of the Vista Class ships, so named for the extensive use of glass in their superstructure. It is sister to the ms Oosterdam, ms Westerdam, and the new ms Noordam. The names of the four ships translate to the four directions of the compass in Dutch.