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Nieuw Amsterdam

A name rich in tradition returns to the fleet

Holland America's latest Signature Class ship and the 15th in its fleet is called ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

The 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam IV, delivered in July 2010, was built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard and its interior design and art collection reflects the glamour and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam.

Says HAL president Stein Kruse: “This name has a rich heritage in our company with this ship being our fourth in 135 years. We are proud to extend this illustrious ship name to our current fleet.”

The first Nieuw Amsterdam was launched in 1906 and used both a full set of sails and steam engines. She was 17,149 tons and carried 2,886 passengers, 2,200 of them in third class, and sailed in regular service through World War I and then through to 1932.

The famed Nieuw Amsterdam II joined the fleet in 1938 as the company’s flagship. The silhouette of this ship can still be seen today behind Henry Hudson’s Half Moon in the company’s logo.

ms nieuw amsterdam
The latest Nieuw Amsterdam to complement the Holland America fleet

At 36,287 tons, “the Darling of the Dutch”, as she was known, was decorated in great style and was launched by Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands. Nieuw Amsterdam II served proudly in World War II completing 44 war time voyages carrying nearly 400,000 passengers,mostly troops.

Following the war, she was rebuilt and, as the queen of Holland America Line’s “spotless fleet” hosted countless well-known figures among her guests, including Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Spencer Tracey and Albert Schweitzer.

Nieuw Amsterdam III was launched in 1983 as one of the most elegant ships of her time. At 33,900 tons, Nieuw Amsterdam III sailed in Alaska in the summers and in the Caribbean in the winters.

Kruse adds: “With innovative design and guest offerings, Nieuw Amsterdam IV continues the proud tradition of her name and continue to evolve Holland America Line’s sophisticated mid-sized ships and further our premium leadership position.”

Nieuw Amsterdam IV features 11 guest decks and staterooms will spotlight all the Signature of Excellence premium amenities of plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds, deluxe waffle/terry cloth robes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat panel TVs, dvd players, make-up mirrors with halo lighting, massage shower heads, professional grade hair dryers, fresh flowers and complimentary fruit baskets. The ship also features innovative spa staterooms with additional spa amenities.

Vital statistics

Operated by Holland America Line
Built at Fincantieri, Italy
Entered service: July 2010
Registered: Netherlands
Gross tonnage: 86,273 tons
Passengers: 2,104
Passenger decks: 11
Lifts: 14
Crew: 929
Officers: Dutch
Staterooms: 1.002 including

Length: 936 ft
Width: 106 ft
Service speed: 24 knots


Two dining rooms (two sittings), four alternative dining options, two show lounges, three swimming pools (one with magradome), two show lounges, casino, library, fitness center, sauna, steam room.

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