February 5, 2002
The ship-formerly-known-as-Nieuw Amsterdam before Holland America sold it to American Classic Voyages’ US Lines, is returning, as anticipated, to the proverbial fold. The ship fetched $79.8 million at auction last week in Hawaii -- and Holland America was the winning bidder. The 1,214-passenger ship, built in 1983, may, or may not, return to the Holland America fleet; company officials there say Nieuw Amsterdam could be assigned somewhere else in the Carnival Corp. family. In fact, Holland America already has a pretty full slate of welcoming new ships to the HAL fold. Prisendam, formerly known as the Seabourn Sun (and Royal Viking Sun) joins the fleet in June and the 1,848-passenger, 85,000-ton newbuild Zuiderdam is expected to arrive late this year. Folks at Holland America say a decision will be announced in a few weeks.