July 2010 saw the arrival of Holland America Line's ship the Nieuw Amsterdam. She was the 11th Holland America ship to be launched by a member of the Dutch royal family, with Princess Máxima naming her on the 4th July in Venice.
The Signatures Class ship was built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard and the 86,000-ton ship, carries 2,106 passengers. The interior design and art collection has been influenced by the history and glamour of New York City, formally know as Nieuw Amsterdam.
Along with ms Eurodam, the ms Nieuw Amsterdam has been designed to further the image of the premium brand and to launch new concepts onboard. These include the premium wine tasting lounge at Explorer's Lounge Bar, the pan-Asian Tamarind restaurant, and the wonderful panoramic views from the Silk Den lounge. The ship also includes an internet cafe powered by the New York Times, the Explorations Cafe, and the innovative Culinary Arts Centre presented by Food & Wine magazine.
Enjoy everything from a burger and fries by the Lido Market to the authentic Pan-Asian flavors of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at the Pinnacle Grill.
There is a great selection of entertainment onboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam. With two show lounges, bars, night club and a casino there is a lot to choose from. For a more relaxed environment, there is the Art Gallery and Spa.
Holland America Line's EXC (Explorations Central) concept also provides a range of interesting ways to be entertained. With features such as Q&A sessions with expert guides, specialist guide books, and a TV channel devoted to showing films and documentaries about the places on the itinerary, guests can fully immerse themselves in the cultures and lifestyles of the destinations they are visiting.
A great addition is the Culinary Arts Centre, where you can enjoy gourmet presentations, learn some tricks of the trade, and take on the unique tastes and traditions from various ports of call.
The Greenhouse Spa and Salon offers all the fantastic features that you would expect from Holland America. With great treatments available from the European trained staff, therapy rooms and Thermal suites all available. There is also a sauna, hydro-pool and fitness centre at your disposal.
The recreation facilities onboard will suit all your needs, whether you are looking to take on the gym or the volleyball and basketball courts or if you prefer to relax by one of the outdoor pools. There is also the Explorer's Cafe provided by The New York Times where you can enjoy music, puzzles and check your emails.
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