Nieuw Amsterdam is the second ship in Holland
America's Signature class. (See also our profile of
Eurodam). The design for the Signature class was based
upon the design for HAL's Vista class ships (see
Noordam, Westerdam) but includes additional features
including an additional specialty restaurant.
At 86,000 gross tons, Nieuw Amsterdam and her sister
Eurodam are the largest ships in the HAL fleet.
However, relative to most ships entering the market for
the major cruise lines, they would be classified
medium-size ships. As such, they combine the elements
one would expect to find on a modern ship but also
maintain a more intimate feel.
The ship's name comes from the Dutch name for New
York City. Accordingly, one finds numerous references
to New York City in the ship's art work and decoration.
Similarly, the use of light-filled spaces and contemporary
design is a reference to the ship's namesake.
This is also not the first time a Holland America ship has
been named Nieuw Amsterdam, The 1906 version was
the last major liner to be fitted out with an auxilary set of
sails. The 1938 version was HAL's flagship and was
considered one of the most elegant ships of her day. The
1983 version was a popular cruise ship.
The atmosphere on Nieuw Amsterdam is upscale.
Passengers tend to be interested in culture and intellectual
pursuits. However, the ship is not overly formal. One
does see tuxedos on formal nights but many guests opt
for a jacket and tie.
As is generally tru of HAL's larger ships, the guests who
travel on Nieuw Amsterdam tend to be younger than
those who travel on HAL's smaller ships.
Nieuw Amsterdam cruises in the Mediterranean during
the summer months and redeploys to Florida for
Caribbean cruising in the fall and winter.
PHOTO TOUR AND
Pools, Spa, Sports and Open Deck................Page Two
Shops, Children, and Other Public Areas).....Page Three
Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.........Page Four
A hallmark of an HAL ship is a large, high-quality art collection. On
Nieuw Amsterdam, the works include traditional European and Asian
works as well as contemporary pieces. Also keeping with HAL tradition,
Nieuw Amsterdam has a series of paintings of HAL ships by marine
artists Stephen Card.
Left: The Furture
the power of
Amsterdam has video
located in the public
parts of the ship,
which show things
such as the ship's
position and what
activities are going
on around the ship.
Below left: The
Above and below: The Atrium. The
sculpture hanging in the center seeks to
evoke the image of the New York skyline
Above: Captain Edward G. van Zaane
Below: Hotel Manager Mark D. Zeller
Cruise ship photo tour - Holland America Line - Nieuw Amsterdam - page 1
The collection also includes a number of works
with links to New York City or to artists who
worked in the City.
Right: Members of the crew
participating in a farewell show
at the end of a cruise.