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A Signature of Excellence!
She and her sister ms Eurodam are known as the Spaceships!
She and her sister ms Eurodam are known as the Spaceships!
ms Nieuw Amsterdam IV
is the 15th ship in
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On this page we are going to explore the
elegance of Holland America Line’s second of the “Signature
Class” ships, the ms Nieuw Amsterdam IV. And I am sure that you, like the
author has been astounded by her beauty and sheer elegance! The first
“Signature Class” ship was the ms Eurodam, which was officially
named on July 5, 2008 by
ms Eurodam is the Nieuw Amsterdam’s identical sister, but their interiors are individual and different!
This new and fifteenth ship for the Holland America Line fleet is the superb ms Nieuw Amsterdam IV, was built by the famous Italian Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiana S,p,A at the Marghera, Venice Italy. And as stated above she is the fourth ship to be honoured with this famous name, and in addition she is the 81st.ship to enter Holland America Line’s service from when this great Dutch Shipping Company commenced back in 1872. Nieuw Amsterdam has dynamic positioning abilities as she is powered by six diesel generators and propelled by Azipod propulsion technology.
Although she is 86,700-ton, amazingly she will only accommodate 2,106-guests in the ultimate of five star luxuries! Thus, although this magnificent new ship is large enough to offer a vast range of diverse amenities she will carry far fewer guests than all other ships of her size, because Holland America Line believes in the following principle when they designed their latest ship … “This is a refined ship and it is adorned with fine art and antiques, however, personal space is still the greatest luxury of all.”
Amidships rising from
When the Nieuw Amsterdam was completed she
sailed on her first set of sea trials on May 16, 2010, and she commenced her maiden
voyage on July 4 for a 12-day Mediterranean cruise. Her official naming took
place on July 4, and the ship was greatly honoured for Her Royal Highness
Princess Maxima, wife of
After the Nieuw Amsterdam has operated a
number of 12-day Mediterranean cruises she will cross the Atlantic and head for
Then came the most famed liner of them all, SS
Nieuw Amsterdam II joined the
SS Nieuw Amsterdam II built in 1938 - “The Darling of the Dutch”
The 33,900-ton ms Nieuw Amsterdam III was
launched in 1983 and she was considered as one of the most elegant ships of her
time. Nieuw Amsterdam III sailed in
When you board the Nieuw Amsterdam you will discover a whole new level of comfort, space and the ultimate of luxuries! You will be able to unwind in elegantly-appointed and spacious staterooms. Go and lounge under a setting sun on your private Verandah, or go and enjoy your favourite drink in the lavish new “Silk Den” or in one of the many art-filled Lounges and Bars.
On Nieuw Amsterdam you can match
every meal to your personal preference, as you can enjoy a traditional pre-set
dining arrangement or the flexibility of “As You Wish” dining.
Alternatively you can spoil yourself with the inventive flavours of “Canaletto”,
featuring superb Italian fare, as well as the exquisite Pan-Asian
“Tamarind” Restaurant that is sure to be a hit! Or you can savour a
relaxing meal at the “Lido Restaurant/Buffet.” Then there is the
This is dinning at its very best!
Knowing the Holland America style so well, the experience will be centred on you, with gracious, award-winning service, a cuisine that has something for every taste, and a setting for every mood. As the Holland America promotional material says, and it is so true – “Because exceptional dining experiences aren’t just made, they’re made to order.”
In addition, whilst on board you can discover a new world of culinary delights at the exclusive “Culinary Arts Centre”, presented by “Food & Wine Magazine.” Thus why not immerse yourself in unique traditions and tastes from the various ports of call.
The “Culinary Arts Centre”
At the same time savour the fine wines from around
the world, and experience gourmet presentations and hands-on classes in Nieuw
Amsterdam’s state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. With this
groundbreaking industry-leading program, you’ll learn tricks of the trade
Delicious sweets are to be found on board!
Of course there are so many other ways to relax and recharge your self, be it with a luxurious spa treatment at the “Greenhouse Spa & Salon” or go to a yoga and Pilate’s session or class in the Fitness Centre.
The “Greenhouse Spa” has this spacious Hydrotherapy pool
Alternatively you can learn to share your
digital vacation memories through email, blogging and social networking in the
ships interactive Digital Workshop powered by Windows®. Enjoy a good book, a
puzzle, or music at the ever poplar traditional
Not to forget the evenings, for when the sun
sets, there is award-winning entertainment, as well as casino gaming for those
who enjoy to play, or go to the movies, not to forget the nightclub for those
who enjoy a late night out. Be assured, the Nieuw Amsterdam is as much a
destination as the places you will visit. However the ship will visit many
fascinating ports where you will be able to embrace new cultures for
There are ten Staterooms that have floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows, whilst 86% of the cabins are outside and 67% have private balconies.
Nieuw Amsterdam has the perfect accommodation to suit you, from a deluxe Suite to an economical Stateroom
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ms Nieuw Amsterdam ~ Photo Album
Every picture tells a
Every picture tells a story!
The beautiful Ocean Bar is located atop of the Atrium on Promenade Deck
The luxurious “Silk Den” is located high on Observation Deck in the midsection, forward of the Tamarind Restaurant
Exploration’s Café is also on Observation Deck, but forward combined with Crow’s Nest
The Piano Bar located starboard, forward on Lower Promenade Deck near the Casino and Showroom
The Showroom at Sea Far forward on Lower and Promenade Decks
The beautiful forward Lido Pool has a sliding glass roof, thus it is suitable in all weather conditions
in a Private Cabana by the
Dinning on board:
The dinning experience on every single
Holland America Line ship in reality simply cannot be faulted, and to be
honest, if anyone complains, well they either made the wrong choice of menu, or
they just are not used to high quality cuisine of the highest order, which is
presented in the most superior manner and dishes! As the author has sailed on a
number of HAL ships and most recently on the ms Oosterdam in February 2013, all
I can say that dinning in the Main (Vista) Dining Room was 9.5 out of 10,
whilst our experiences at the Pinnacle Grill was indeed a full 10 out of 10!
The dinning experience on every single Holland America Line ship in reality simply cannot be faulted, and to be honest, if anyone complains, well they either made the wrong choice of menu, or they just are not used to high quality cuisine of the highest order, which is presented in the most superior manner and dishes! As the author has sailed on a number of HAL ships and most recently on the ms Oosterdam in February 2013, all I can say that dinning in the Main (Vista) Dining Room was 9.5 out of 10, whilst our experiences at the Pinnacle Grill was indeed a full 10 out of 10!
Master Chef Rudi Sodamin is the author of numerous internationally published cookbooks, including “Seduction & Spice” (2000) and Holland America Line’s
“A Taste of Excellence” (2007), “A Taste of Elegance” (2009) and “A Taste of Celebration” (2010). All books are published by Rizzoli
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Holland America Line has its very own “Culinary Council,” which comprises, not of just one Head Chef, as you would find on every other cruise line, but Holland America Line has its own hard working team of six Master Chefs on its “Culinary Council,” who not only create superb recipes that are featured in all the dining ventures onboard all of HAL’s 15 ships, but also ensure the exacting standards that HAL have set for a hundred years and that has made this company’s cuisine so famous for its excellence and thus it has won countless awards over the years!
Master Chef Rudi Sodamin was once again named
Best Cruise Line Chef by Porthole Cruise Magazine. One of the world’s
leading cruise travel publications, Porthole. “Chef Sodamin’s
talent is legendary,” said Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff. “Year
after year Chef Sodamin continues to be the most innovative and inspiring chef
in the cruise industry. Always looking to elevate the culinary experience for
cruise guests, Rudi’s leadership and mentorship of chefs has expanded the
many possibilities for gourmet cuisine at sea.” Chef Rudi has won
this award and others years and years in a row, and obviously, there is a very
good reason for this,
Fine dining is available in a variety of venues!
The Two level Manhattan Dining Room
One of the
The Tamarind Pan-Asian Restaurant
One of the fine offerings at Tamarind Restaurant
The Tamarind Menu
Canaletto Italian Restaurant is located portside forward of the Lido Restaurant
The elegant Pinnacle Grill is located portside on Lower Promenade Deck on the Atrium
The modern, yet warm Pinnacle Bar is located starboard on the middle level of the Atrium - Lower Promenade Deck
A Breakfast Menu at the Lido Restaurant/Buffet
Holland America Line ships are known for graceful mid-sized ships with a generous amount of personal space. They offer four major types of staterooms: Interior, Ocean-view, Verandah and Suites in various grades.
· Penthouse Suite
· Deluxe Verandah Suite
· Superior Verandah Suite
· Deluxe Verandah Oceanview Stateroom
· Interior Stateroom
· Spa Suites and Staterooms
Deluxe Verandah Suite
Superior Verandah Suite
Deluxe veranda Stateroom
The superb innovation the “Spa Verandah Stateroom”
Outside Large Twin/double Stateroom
Inside Twin/double Stateroom
I would like to sum up my thoughts on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam IV. This incredible new ship has set the kind of standard in cruise ships that is so high that all ships in the future should attempt to match her! However, I am aware that this will be a big ask, for Holland America Line has a knack and a speciality and flair that is renowned worldwide and thus it the Cruise Company that has won more awards than any other cruise company, and has done so many years in a row!
Below are just a few of the Awards and Accolades handed to Holland America Line – and they deserve it!:
“The Highest Rated Cruise Line” – Conde Nast Travellers Readers; Choice Travellers Awards; Travel & Leisure Word’s Best Awards.
“Best Overall Cruise Value” – 17 consecutive years – World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society.
“High Deluxe Five Star
Five Star Diamond Award” – The
“Cruise Line with the Highest Client Satisfaction” – TravelAge West.
“Best Cruise Operator” (Internationally based) - AFTA award 2010 AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents) National Travel Industry Awards.
2010 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award” - from the
Leading Green Cruise Line Award” and the “
ms Nieuw Amsterdam will continue all the much-admired Holland America Line features, including the outside view, glass elevators located amidships, the Explorations Café, a Cyber-Coffee House powered by The New York Times, the Pinnacle Grill and Pinnacle Bar, the innovative Culinary Arts Centre presented by Food & Wine Magazine, where culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and intimate classes in a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchens, an expanded Greenhouse Spa and Salon with thermal suites and hydro-pool, the largest gymnasium ever built for Holland America Line, and a youth facility that includes the teens-only Loft. In addition the ship features a family-style Canaletto's Italian restaurant. And the list just goes on!
This it is the author’s
opinion that the Nieuw Amsterdam will be a popular to sail on by the younger
set and that she is worth going to the
The elegant ms Nieuw Amsterdam
This incredible ship that has set a new high standard that all other ships in the future should attempt to match!
For a Holland America Line cruise brochure or for more information on their superb cruises from Australia or throughout the world, consult “The Cruise Specialists”, a Travel professional or call Holland America Line at 1300 987 322 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.au.
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