Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam Christened

Holland America Line celebrated the christening of its newest ship, the 2,106-guest ms Nieuw Amsterdam, in Venice last Sunday. In a gala event rich with Dutch heritage, Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands continued the line’s tradition of having Dutch royal family members serve as godmother to its ships and named the ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America’s second Signature-class ship and the fifteenth to join its fleet, in front of invited dignitaries, cruise guests and media.


15 fleet captains from the line were in the Italian city to participate in the festivities, welcoming the princess as she arrived at the pier. Following the blessing of the vessel and the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle against the ms Nieuw Amsterdam’s bow, company executives and her senior officers led attendees in a toast of the occasion.


Constructed in Italy at Fincantieri’s Marghera yard, the 86,000-GRT ship celebrates the glamour and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam, and carries an impressive collection of artwork valued at over USD 3 million. Its staterooms and suites across 11 guest decks will offer all of the “Signature of Excellence” premium amenities, while new concepts such as the innovative pan-Asian Tamarind restaurant and the Silk Den lounge further define and expand Holland America Line’s premium branding.


Following the naming, the ms Nieuw Amsterdam departed on its maiden voyage on a roundtrip cruise from Venice to nearby Mediterranean ports. She will sail a series of 12- and 24-day Mediterranean cruises, calling at ports including Argostoli, Athens, Barcelona, Catania, Civitavecchia, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Katakolon, Kusadasi, Livorno, Mykonos, Naples, Santorini and Split, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean on 6 October 2010 to cruise the Caribbean.


For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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