Posted by: travelrat | August 17, 2015

Nieuw Amsterdam

 Nieuw Amsterdam. Picture by kind courtesy of Holland America Line


Nieuw Amsterdam. Picture by kind courtesy of Holland America Line

First of all, grateful thanks to Holland America Line, for giving me permission to use this excellent picture of Nieuw Amsterdam, on which we’re to cruise to Alaska from Vancouver in May.

She was built in Venice in 2010, and dedicated by Princess (now Queen) Maxima of the Netherlands on 4th July 2010. Probably a date deliberately chosen, for Nieuw Amsterdam was the former name of New York.

She’s the fourth ship of that name to sail under the Holland America flag … and a further cry from the first Nieuw Amsterdam, a steamship which also carried a full set of sails, is difficult to imagine. Actually, that ship, launched in 1906, carried more passengers than the present ship.

The ship weighs in at 86,000 tons and carries just over 2000 passengers spread over eleven decks … about the same size as some other ships we’ve sailed on, and are comfortable with. As someone once said: small enough to integrate with your fellow passengers, but big enough to avoid the ones you don’t like!

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