Holland America Line

Nieuw Amsterdam

Fodor’s Expert Review

Ship Overview

Holland America Line
Cruise StylePremium
Ship SizeSmall

The second Signature-class ship, Nieuw Amsterdam launched in 2010, and 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. Read More

Signature-class vessels were so named because they are the first ships in the fleet to be launched fully integrated with all the so-called Signature of Excellence features. 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, chilled water, special 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 onboard, 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.

  • 11 passenger decks
  • 3 specialty restaurants, dining room, buffet, pizzeria
  • Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, DVD
  • 2 pools
  • fitness classes, gym, hot tubs, spa
  • 11 bars, casino, 2 dance clubs, library, showroom, video game room
  • children’s programs
  • dry cleaning, laundry service
  • Internet terminal
  • no-smoking cabins


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 demonstration kitchen
Shelves are okay, but drawer space is inadequate in standard cabins
Some spa cabins have only unusable Juliet balconies
Teens areas aren’t as good as on other Holland America ships

What to expect on board

Staterooms & Cabins


Warm wood tones, burnished nickel fixtures, and punches of color complement the drapery, carpeting, and bedspreads in all categories. Eighty-five percent have an ocean view, and 79% of outside staterooms and suites offer a private veranda with attractive furnishings.

Penthouse suites have separate living-room, dining-room, and bedroom areas. A veranda with hot tub, walk-in closets, bathroom with whirlpool tub, double sinks, separate guest powder room, and butler’s pantry complete the features. Deluxe and Superior Verandah suites have large verandas, dressing areas, and generous sitting areas; the bathrooms also have double sinks, a whirlpool tub, and a separate shower. Suite occupants can use the private Neptune Lounge and personal concierge service.

All categories are outfitted with plush pillow-top mattresses, bathrobes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat-panel TVs, lighted makeup mirrors, hair dryers, massaging showerheads, personal safes, refrigerators, and closets configured for hanging and/or drop-down shelves.

Thirty cabins are designed for wheelchair accessibility.

Food & Drink


The formal restaurant offers open seating for breakfast and lunch, with dinner in two traditional assigned dinner seatings or open seating. The Pinnacle Grill (reservation, cover charge) serves lunch and dinner. Tamarind (reservation, cover charge for dinner only) offers Pan-Asian fare. For casual dining, the Lido restaurant serves buffet breakfast and lunch; for dinner there is combination buffet/table service, and a section becomes Canaletto, serving Italian fare (reservation, cover charge). A poolside grill, Dive-In, features hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings. The Explorations Café offers extra-charge specialty coffees and free pastries. Daily afternoon tea service is offered, hors d’oeuvres are served by waiters before dinner, chocolates are offered after dinner, and a chocolate extravaganza buffet is held once during every cruise. Room service is available 24 hours.


Popular spots before dinner are the Ocean Club and Explorer’s Lounge, where servers pass through with appetizers. After dinner and a show or concert, those bars are quiet spots for drinks and conversation. For livelier action, there’s the Music Walk, with B.B. King’s Blues Club for late-night dancing.

Spa & Fitness

Treatments in the Greenhouse Spa include a variety of massages, body wraps, and facials, as well as acupuncture services and tooth-whitening treatments. A hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite with heated ceramic loungers for relaxation as well as dry saunas and steam rooms can be used for a fee (one-time or for the cruise); it’s complimentary for the day when a spa appointment is booked.


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106 feet
936 feet
206/281–3535 or 800/577–1728

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