What do you all think of this new ship and what it will offer HAL guests old and new? "When Holland America's elegant ms Zuiderdam begins her inaugural season in the winter of 2002, all eyes will be upon her. For she will be the first of a new class of cruise ships aptly called the Vista Series - forward-looking in both design and spirit. On board, l,848 pampered guests will enjoy more space per person than any other ship in a fleet already known for its stylish, spacious comfort. Plus, more outside staterooms with ocean views and private verandahs. More convenience, including Internet/E-mail data ports in every stateroom. And more delight: expanded spa facilities, three sparkling pools, and blissful 7-day cruises through the Eastern Caribbean. " ms Zuiderdam Ship Facts Year Introduced: 2002 Gross Tonnage: 85,000 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 Passenger Accommodations: Penthouse Verandah Suite: 2 Deluxe Verandah Suite: 60 Superior Verandah Suite: 100 Deluxe Verandah Outside: 461 Standard Outside: 165 Standard Inside: 136 Total Number of Staterooms: 924 Public Rooms: Capacity: Crow's Nest: 270 Smokers Room: 26 Golf Simulator Room: 8 Children's Playroom: 61 Lido Restaurant: 446 Concierge Lounge: 25 Main Show Lounge: 867 Meeting Rooms: 90 Internet Cafe: 24 Coffee Corner: 28 Piano Bar: 70 Sports Bar: 42 Casino: 200 Disco: 80 Alternative Theater: 170 Alternative Restaurant: 130 16-Hour CafÃƒÂ©: 62 Explorers Lounge: 74 Main Dining Room: 1,045 Casino: Blackjack tables; slot machines; dice table; roulette table; stud poker Spa Facilities: Gymnasium fitness center; dual saunas; loofa scrub room; massage rooms; beauty salon/barber shop; tennis practice courts. VISTA-CLASS FEATURES: Premium cruise ships offering the ambience and greater intimacy not found on megaships. Space ratio of 46, even greater than spacious existing ships of the fleet. Exterior elevators, vertically transversing 10 decks and providing panoramic views from either side of the ship. Spacious staterooms, nearly 85% of which will feature an ocean view. 67% of all staterooms have verandahs. Wide variety of accommodation categories, with more categories featuring verandahs. A new "cabaret-style" show lounge, complementing a three-level main show lounge. Expanded spa facilities. Internet cafÃƒÂ© and coffee corner. Internet/e-mail dataports in all staterooms. Extensive Club HAL children's facility, with indoor and outdoor areas. Concierge lounge for the exclusive use of suite guests. Dining options, including a two-level main dining room, a casual "round-the-clock" cafe, and an alternative restaurant. Two interior promenade decks. A covered exterior promenade deck encircling the ship. Large Lido swimming pool beneath a retractable magradome. Azipod propulsion system. A new disco and the signature "Crow's Nest" observation lounge/nightclub. Extensive multi-million-dollar art collection. New facilities for the physically challenged: -- A total of 28 wheelchair-accessible staterooms in various categories. -- Dedicated elevator for wheelchair users, to assist with tender embarkation. -- 2 tenders equipped with wheelchair-accessible platforms -- Accessible areas at the bar counter and other public desks, wherever possible. -- All public rooms accessible.