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and her sister ms Eurodam are known as the Spaceships!
She and her sister ms Eurodam are known as the Spaceships!
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
Lines 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 Amsterdams 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 Lines 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.
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
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
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.
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 famed
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 arent just made, theyre 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
Amsterdams state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. With
this groundbreaking industry-leading program, youll learn
tricks of the trade from
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 Pilates session or class in the Fitness Centre.
The Greenhouse Spa has this spacious Hydrotherapy pool
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
picture tells a story
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
Explorations Café is also on Observation Deck, but forward combined with Crows 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:
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 Lines
A Taste of Excellence (2007), A Taste of Elegance (2009) and A Taste of Celebration (2010). All books are published by Rizzoli
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 HALs 15 ships, but also ensure the exacting standards that HAL have set for a hundred years and that has made this companys cuisine so famous for its excellence and thus it has won countless awards over the years!
Rudi Sodamin was once again named Best Cruise Line Chef by
Porthole Cruise Magazine. One of the worlds leading cruise
travel publications, Porthole. Chef Sodamins
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, Rudis 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
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 Words Best Awards.
Best Overall Cruise Value 20 consecutive years World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society.
Deluxe Five Star Rating -
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
And the above are just a very small list of the countless awards the this Company has received!
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
authors opinion that the Nieuw Amsterdam will be a popular
to sail on by the a somewhat more 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 Holland America Line enquiries or reservations, consult an established Cruise & Travel Specialist who is a travel professional. But do yourself a big favour, never book with any cruise company direct for they never offer you any service or any discounts something your experienced agent can do!
However for general information regarding their ships visit www.hollandamerica.com.au.
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1872 to 2000
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1993 to 2015
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