Holland America Line Names 2010 Signature Class Ship ms Nieuw Amsterdam



    SEATTLE, Sept. 10 /CNW/ -- Holland America Line will name its latest
Signature Class ship and the 15th in its fleet, ms Nieuw Amsterdam.  To be
delivered in 2010, the 86,000-ton Nieuw Amsterdam will be built at Italian
shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard and its interior design and art
collection will reflect the glamour and history of New York City, formerly
called Nieuw Amsterdam.
    "The Signature Class marks Holland America Line's latest series of
new-build vessels and with a guest capacity of 2,106 for Nieuw Amsterdam, it
reaffirms our commitment to the mid-sized cruise ship market," said Stein
Kruse, president and CEO, Holland America Line.  "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.  She 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.  At 36,287 tons, "the Darling of the
Dutch," as she was known, was decorated in great style and was launched by Her
Majesty 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.
    "With innovative design and guest offerings, Nieuw Amsterdam IV will
continue the proud tradition of her name and continue to evolve of Holland
America Line's sophisticated mid-sized ships and further our premium
leadership position," said Kruse.
    Previous new-build series include the four-ship Statendam Class group,
four-ship Rotterdam Class and four-ship Vista Class.  The line also owns and
operates the 793-passenger Elegant Explorer, ms Prinsendam.  The first
Signature Class vessel, ms Eurodam, joined the fleet in July 2008.
    Eurodam, and now Nieuw Amsterdam, further define and expand the Holland
America Line premium brand with new concepts such as the innovative pan-Asian
Tamarind restaurant and Silk Den lounge surrounded by panoramic views
overlooking the ocean expanse and the Lido pool.  Other additions are an
Explorer's Lounge Bar, a premium wine-tasting lounge, an elegant luxury
jewelry boutique, new atrium bar area, enhanced and reconfigured show lounge,
and a new photographic and imaging center.
    Nieuw Amsterdam will feature 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 will also feature innovative spa staterooms with additional
spa amenities.
    The ship will continue several much-admired Holland America Line
features, including outside-view, glass elevators at midship; the Explorations
Cafe -- a cyber-coffee house powered by The New York Times; the Pinnacle Grill
and Pinnacle Bar; the innovative Culinary Arts Center 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 will feature the family-style
Canaletto's Italian restaurant,
    On the technical side, Signature Class ships will feature the latest
state-of-the-art navigation and safety systems including dynamic positioning
abilities to hold the ship in a precise position.  The vessels will be powered
by six diesel generators and propelled by the latest Azipod propulsion
technology.
    "This new class of ships demonstrates the strength of our brand, the
loyalty of our guests and the dedication of our more than 16,000 employees
worldwide," said Kruse.  "The added capacity will provide greater
opportunities for our guests and employees alike."
    
    - http://www.hollandamerica.com -
    
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:   CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314
ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies.  Two- to 108-
day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include Antarctica,
South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage;
and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New
England, Europe and Panama Canal.  A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is
scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.
    Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a
commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts
Center presented by Food & Wine magazine -- a state-of-the-art onboard show
kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide
cooking demonstrations and classes -- Explorations CafC) powered by The New
York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities
highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream Beds.
    
    World's Leading Cruise Lines
    
    The highest-rated premium cruise line in the world, Holland America Line
is a member of the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also
includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Seabourn Cruise
Line and Costa Cruises.  Sharing a passion to please each guest and a
commitment to quality and value, these lines appeal to a wide range of
lifestyles and budgets.  The World's Leading Cruise Lines offer exciting and
enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

    
     CONTACT:  Rose Abello
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello of Holland America Line,
1-800-637-5029, Fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com Web Site:
http://www.hollandamerica.com


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