The last ship to sail for Holland America as Nieuw Amsterdam was built in 1983. The 33,930-ton, 1,214-passenger vessel departed the fleet in 2002 to become the M/S Patriot for the now-defunct American Hawaii Cruises. Currently the ship sails for U.K.-based Thomson Cruises as Thomson Spirit.
Holland America's new Nieuw Amsterdam will be largely identical to Eurodam, its sister ship, though its interiors will pay homage to New York City. As part of the fleet's new Signature class of ships, new innovations include the addition of the Pan-Asian Tamarind restaurant; the fabulously exotic Silk Den lounge; Canaletto, a casual Italian eatery; and state-of-the-art navigation and safety systems.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief