Friday, October 30, 2009
Today at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard there was the launch of the Nieuw Amsterdam: the new flagship for Holland America Line, a member of Carnival Group, the world’s leading cruise operator. Delivery is scheduled in June 2010.
The launch was preceded by the customary “coin ceremony”, the laying of a silver dollar on the last deck of the ship in the tradition of sea-farers of old. Godmother to the ship was Alice Tinorua, the wife of Pieter Rijkaart, Director of New Buildings for Holland America Line.

At 87,000 gross tonnes, 285 metres long and catering for up to 2,106 passengers in 1,053 cabins, the Nieuw Amsterdam will be the largest vessel in Holland America Line’s fleet.

The hallmark of this new ship is her design: the Nieuw Amsterdam further confirms the success of the “Signature of Excellence” class which was inaugurated by the Eurodam, delivered by Marghera yard last year. Her interior furnishings and decor are aimed to render the stay on board increasingly pleasant with restaurants, elegant public areas, spacious cabins equipped with every comfort, wellness centres and hydromassage pools much larger than those now on board the cruise line’s ships, in addition to many super-luxury boutiques.
Last but not least, as HAL’s five “Vista” class vessels, also built at Marghera and delivered between November 2002 and June 2008, on both sides of this new ship there will be innovative external glass lifts for a splendid panoramic view.
Today’s launch is the fourteenth ship built by Fincantieri for Holland America Line.

The shipyard’s orderbook, besides the Nieuw Amsterdam, includes the “Costa Deliziosa”, due for delivery in January 2010 and a further two 114,500-ton vessels for Costa Crociere due for delivery in spring 2011 and 2012 respectively

Marghera, 30 October 2009