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Holland America Line: Nieuw Amsterdam

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Nieuw Amsterdam Review

The second Signature-class ship, Nieuw Amsterdam launched in 2010, celebrates the history of New York City with its Big Apple-inspired interior decor and art collection. Following Holland America Line’s tradition of recycling ship names, she is the fourth ship in

the line with this name.

Signature-class vessels were so named because they are the first ships in the fleet to be launched with all the so-called Signature of Excellence features fully integrated into them. Larger than the other midsize ships in the fleet, they are pure Holland America, with all the traditional amenities and services plus some added bonuses. You’ll find familiar public spaces as well as a second specialty restaurant and adjacent lounge, a new bar that anchors the Explorer's Lounge, and an Italian eatery tucked into a corner of the Lido.

No-smoking Spa staterooms near the Greenhouse Spa feature Asian-inspired decor and spa amenities. Poolside are private, draped cabanas, and one deck up the tented Retreat cabanas are filled with amenities that include the use of handheld fans, an Evian spray mister, iPods with music preloaded, and chilled water. You can look forward to icy refreshments and afternoon champagne. Cabanas are reserved by the day or by the cruise (for an extra fee).

Holland America Line has enjoyed a distinguished record of traditional cruises, world exploration, and transatlantic crossings since 1873—all facets of its history that are reflected in the fleet's multimillion-dollar shipboard art and antiques collections. Even the ships' names follow a pattern set long ago: all end in the suffix dam and are either derived from the names of various dams that cross Holland's rivers, important Dutch landmarks, or points of the compass. The names are even recycled when vessels are retired, and some are in their fifth and sixth generation of use.

Noted for focusing on passenger comfort, Holland America Line cruises are classic in design and style, and with an infusion of younger adults and families on board, they remain refined without being stuffy or stodgy. Following a basic design theme, returning passengers feel as at home on the newest Holland America vessels as they do on older ones.

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What You Should Know


  • Spa staterooms and suites can be completely no-smoking
  • With sea views and intimate seating alcoves, the Silk Den Lounge is one of the prettiest in the fleet
  • Guests love culinary presentations in the state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen


  • Shelves are okay, but drawer space is inadequate in standard accommodations
  • Some spa staterooms offer unusable Juliet balconies
  • Teens are somewhat slighted here compared to other Holland America ships
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 929
  • Entered Service 2010
  • Gross Tons 86,700
  • Length 936 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,053
  • Passenger Capacity 2,106
  • Width 106 feet

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