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Nieuw Amsterdam: Old-style sophistication meets contemporary charm
Holland America is perfect for people who enjoy a sophisticated and refined environment built on a long maritime heritage. Holland America has been transporting passengers around the world for more than 140 years. Traditions are maintained with up-to date additions, and you will find a focus on food, with fine dining and cooking demonstrations on the Nieuw Amsterdam.
Decor is somewhat subdued and full of art and maritime artifacts. Launched in 2010, the 86,000-ton ship is designed to celebrate the glamour and history of New York City, formerly called Nieuw Amsterdam, with its themed interior design and art collection. The artworks are valued at more than $3 million, ranging from antiques by traditional Dutch masters to creations by renowned contemporary artists. Some pieces reflect the Dutch Golden Age while others, such as the spectacular centerpiece in the atrium, an eye-catching abstract sculpture of the inverted New York skyline made from clear translucent blocks that hang upside-down. The sculpture was created by husband and wife Italian artists Gilbert Lebigre and Corinne Roger of Creazioni Lebigre & Roger. The significant collection, which includes works by celebrated artists Andy Warhol, Richard Estes and Roy Lichtenstein, continues with astounding displays throughout the ship.
You will find entertainment that focuses on the classical and classics, with most passengers preferring to sit around the piano in the piano bar singing popular tunes than club dancing the night away. You will find talks about the history and culture of destinations you will visit. You will not find water slides, high energy on deck games and round-the-clock partying on the ship.
Who is Nieuw Amsterdam best suited for?
Despite the line’s Dutch roots, most of the passengers are American. Though most cruises can have up to 40 or 50 different nationalities on board. During the European summer season, the British and the Commonwealth countries, such as Australia and Canada, are well represented.
The language spoken on board is English in all announcements and publications, although they will cater to other language groups as needed. The entertainment appeals to a North American and English speaking sensibility.
The passenger profile changes based on the itinerary and this is worth bearing in mind when considering which cruise will be best for you. The following is worth noting:
- Passenger profile tends to be in their early 60s as an average, with many couples or solo travelers in their 50s, 60s and up to 70s on board
- The average age reduces in school vacation time when more families come on board.
- You will find quite a few children and families on the ships in peak holiday periods
- The age profile also reduces in the Caribbean when younger couples looking for a calm and sophisticated break choose this line
- The age profile increases on the repositioning transatlantic crossings and on the long grand voyages. This is due to the time of the year that they happen in and the time required which means they best suits people with plenty of leisure time.
Where the Nieuw Amsterdam sails
In winter months, Nieuw Amsterdam sails Western Caribbean Sea to Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico alternating with cruises to Eastern Caribbean destinations of St. Martin, St. Thomas, St Kitts, and Antigua. During the summer, the Nieuw Amsterdam cruises through the Mediterranean to La Goulette (Tunis and Carthage), Barcelona, Spain Monte Carlo, Monaco; Santa Margherita Ligure (Portofino) and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.
Nieuw Amsterdam sails throughout the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Mediterranean and makes two transatlantic crossings annually.
- Main Dining Room: features an extensive wine list. Five-course menus include Continental cuisine, vegetarian and low-carb options.
- Pinnacle Grill: This intimate reservations-only venue offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience. It features premium Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator, as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens.
- Lido Restaurant: offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties
- Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times: a comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
- Tamarind Restaurant and Silk Den Lounge: a Pan Asian Restaurant and lounge with panoramic views of the ocean and Lido Pool area.
- Canaletto Restaurant: an Italian restaurant.
Entertainment & activities
- The Digital Workshop powered by Microsoft Windows: Guests are able to "show and tell" their vacation memories, learning how to share all their digital memories through email, blogging and social networking . Free workshops taught by Microsoft-trained "techsperts" make it easy and fun, even for novices.
- The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine: a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen offering interactive gourmet cooking lessons taught by our own Master Chefs or culinary guests.
- Show Lounge: features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.
- Crow's Nest: offers sweeping 270 views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.
- Club HAL: dedicated youth facilities and activities for kids ages three to 12; activities are supervised and age appropriate.
- The Loft: designed exclusively for teens to have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age, includes our new video editing facility for teens.
Spa & fitness
- Greenhouse Spa & Salon: features heavenly beauty and wellness rituals. Enjoy a facial, hot stone massage, steam in a thermal suite and have your hair and nails done for a special evening.
- Cabanas: These are private cabanas, available to reserve by the day or by the cruise. Available on two decks, they are tastefully decorated, filled with amenities and provide an exquisite poolside retreat.
- The Retreat: A private oasis located overlooking the pool deck, the exclusive Retreat cabanas are the ultimate place to relax surrounded by healthy refreshments and luxurious amenities.
Nieuw Amsterdam features 11 guest decks and staterooms spotlight all the Signature of Excellence premium amenities. Also featured are innovative spa staterooms located on the Panorama and Observation decks, and they include special spa amenities.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Take in the fine art collection, including works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
- Enjoy the spine tingling and extraordinary outdoor-view glass elevators.
- Work off some of the great meals at the largest gymnasium ever built for a Holland America Line ship.
- Learn the history! Nieuw Amsterdam IV continues the proud tradition of her name and evolution of Holland America Line's sophisticated mid-sized ships.
- Free workshops taught by Microsoft-trained "techsperts" make sharing your cruise memories a breeze.