Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam
Launched in 2010, the Nieuw Amsterdam is devoted to the glamour and history of New York City – also formerly known as Nieuw Amsterdam. Depicting this is a $3 million art collection on board, covering a range of styles from antiques from the Dutch masters to the Dutch Golden Age and eventually contemporary works. Spread throughout are works by Andy Warhol, Richard Estes, and Roy Lichtenstein, with the centerpiece an abstract sculpture of New York City’s inverted skyline, designed by Creazioni Lebigre & Roger. To view and learn about all works, guests have the option for a self-guided iPod tour. This Signature Class ship, Holland America’s 81st and second-largest vessel, marks a new direction for the cruise line. Along with the MS Eurodam, its design encompasses new features and restaurants and upgrades to standard facets.
This current ship is the fourth instance of Holland America using the “Nieuw Amsterdam” name. The first ship appeared in 1906, while the second debuted in 1938 as the cruise line’s flagship vessel and eventually served in World War II. The third set sail in 1983. For the latest MS Nieuw Amsterdam, the ship is built to hold 2,106 passengers and makes trips to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. The 11 guest deck design further features staterooms with Signature of Excellence premium amenities, with spa staterooms and additional amenities also available. Staterooms are divided into Inside, Ocean-View, Verandah, Signature Suites, and Neptune Suites. The basic rooms feature quality beds with fine linens, salon-quality hairdryers and magnifying mirrors, a television and DVDs, and fresh fruit, among other accommodations. Upgrades provide access to the Neptune Lounge, a mini-bar, one-touch telephones, fresh flowers, and high tea on request. Dining here reflects Holland America’s familiar and new offerings: The Manhattan Dining Room: Get Holland America’s five-course continental meal, with an extensive wine list providing optimal pairings. Low-carb and vegetarian meals are available. Tamarind Restaurant and Silk Lounge: This recent offering serves up delicious Pan-Asian cuisine, while you can enjoy a panoramic view from the lounge. Pinnacle Grill: Make reservations ahead of time for this intimate, elegant experience. Meals of beef, seafood, and quality wine are served on Bvlgari china. Canaletto: Savor a sumptuous Italian meal, no matter if you’re cruising the Mediterranean or the islands of the Caribbean. Lido Restaurant: Holland America’s relaxed establishment features cooked-to-order meals made with fresh ingredients. Explorations Café: Begin your day here with a strong cup of coffee and a newspaper – or using Wi-Fi to surf the internet or reading any of the books in the library.
What to Do Onboard
Holland America’s extensive itineraries and longer times in port give travelers more opportunities to explore, but what’s there to do onboard the ship? For one, be sure to attend the Digital Workshop, where Microsoft-trained professionals assist with showing you how to take quality photos and then later editing them and making a scrapbook. Or if you want some intimate relaxation time, be sure to book a private Cabana, which can be reserved for a day or the entire trip. The Showroom, now with upgrades, presents an array of performers, from vocalists to comedy and variety acts, to watch, or there’s the Culinary Arts demonstration, if you want to view something educational and inspiring. At night, make your way to the Crow’s Nest, a nightclub offers a 270° view. For children, being with those their own age is key, so Holland America has Club HAL and The Loft, for those 3 to 12 years of age and 13 to 17, respectively. See the world in luxury from the comforts of Holland America. After browsing through Direct Line Cruises, book your trip on the Nieuw Amsterdam today.