Several earlier vessels also carried the name Zaandam: A single-funnel steam ship known as SS Zaandam (1882–1897) and MS Zaandam (1938–1942). The latter was torpedoed by German submarine U-174 and sank.
On August 3, 2009, Amber Malkuch was reported to be missing from MS Zaandam when she departed from Seattle. Later that day, U.S. Coast Guard found her body. It is believed that she fell overboard in suicide.
Today the Zaandam sails out of Alaska during the summer and during the winter sails around Australia/New Zealand and South Pacific. Other cruises include Asian, Hawaii/Tahiti & Mexico