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  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Showroom - Kick back and enjoy an evening of music and entertainment in the Showroom at Sea aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Tamarind-Restaurant.jpg - Head to the Tamarind Restaurant for dining that evokes the rich culinary traditions of Southeast Asian, China and Japan.
  • HAL-Cannonball-burger-fries.jpg - Try a Cannonball burger with fries at Dive-In at the Terrace Grill, offering alfresco dining by the pool on your Holland America ship.
  • HAL-Land-&-Sea.jpg - Pair a surf-and-turf dish with a glass of wine on your Holland America sailing.
  • HAL-Main-Dining-Room-Mark-Best-Veal-Rump.jpg - A veal rump dish designed by Sydney chef Mark Best, served in the main dining room on your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Tamarind-1 - Head to Tamarind about Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam for food evoking the rich culinary traditions of Southeast Asian, China and Japan, served by attentive crew members.
  • Holland-America-Canaletto - Canaletto is an elegant Nieuw Amsterdam table-service dinner option with linen tablecloths, crystal and china. Enjoy classic Italian cuisine while taking in a great view of the ocean.
  • Holland-America-Canaletto-2 - Sit down to dinner with linen tablecloths, crystal, china and attentive table service at Canaletto, a table-service dinner option without an extra surcharge aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Pinnacle-Grill - In the mood for refined, romantic and intimate dining? Head to the Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America sailing.
  • Holland-America-Flagship-Pinnacle-Grill - Make reservations for an intimate meal graced by luxurious appointments such as Bulgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens at Pinnacle Grill on your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Greenhouse-Spa - Get pampered at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon while taking in ocean landscapes aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Neptune-Suite-NA10-08832-1 - Neptune Suite, also called a Deluxe Veranda Suite, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam gets you 506 to 590 square feed including a private veranda, king bed (or two singles), bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, sitting area with sofa, priority boarding for ports of call, priority dining and seating and special amenities. (Be sure to ask Cruiseable's travel specialists for details about the small differences between Neptune Suites and Signature Suites.)
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Veranda-Spa-Stateroom - The serene Veranda Spa Suites and Staterooms on Nieuw Amsterdam are conveniently located near the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Pinnacle-Suite - A look at the Pinnacle Suite, also known as the Penthouse Suite, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. Enjoy the extra room to spread out, a private veranda and a host of complimentary services.
  • Holland-America-SignatureClass-HydroPool - Take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool that has a high-pressure jet bath in the middle of the pool and is just slightly warmer than body temperature. It's at the Green Spa aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Ocean-Bar - Enjoy cocktails and good conversation at the Ocean Bar on your Holland America sailing. This is a shot of the bar aboard ms Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Greenhouse-Spa - Get pampered at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon while taking in ocean landscapes aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Crows-Nest - The Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Showroom - Kick back and enjoy an evening of music and entertainment in the Showroom at Sea aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Culinary-Academy - Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Centers is where intimate, hands-on classes are generally freestyle and cruisers can do as much or as little as they wish while preparing dishes under the chef’s supervision.
  • Holland-America-Northern-Lights - Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
  • Holland-America-Piano-Bar - Enjoy music with a talented and comedic keyboard host playing requests at the Piano Bar aboard your Holland America Line cruise.
  • Holland-America-teak-deck-chairs - Pull up a teak lounge chair, relax and take in the view from the deck of your Holland America ship.
  • Holland-America-Nieuw-Amsterdam-Atrium - The three-deck-tall Atrium aboard Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam is  designed with a glass staircase and a rotating chandelier depicting New York.
  • Holland-America-Casino - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Club-HAL - Tweens ages 8-12 have access to Xbox and Wii tournaments, relay races, scavenger hunts and karaoke disco parties at Club HAL aboard your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Loft - Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam includes  a teens-only loft, a great facility for youth entertainment.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Lido-Cabana-2 - Relax in a Lido cabana aboard Holland America Line's Eurodam and enjoy some iced fruit skewers and a glass of bubbly.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Lido-Pool-Aft - An aerial view of the pool deck in the aft of Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Thermal-Suite -  Nieuw Amsterdam boasts a Thermal Suite at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, where guests can enjoy a steam or a hot stone massage with its heated ceramic-tile loungers for total relaxation.
  • Holland-America-Culinary-Arts-Center -  Improve your cooking skills from a roster of celebrated chefs as part of Holland America's Culinary Arts Center Program, presented by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Holland-America-Casino-2 - Whether you are an experienced gambler or rolling dice for the first time, the Casino aboard Holland America Line offers games for all levels.
  • Holland-America-Wine-Tasting - You can try a variety of different wines, including HAL's own label, at a wine tasting bar during your Holland America cruise.
  • Holland-America-Nieuw-Amsterdam-in-Venice-2 - Nieuw Amsterdam sailing into Venice. Launched in Venice on July 4, 2010, Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates the cultural traditions of New York (named Nieuw Amsterdam once upon a time) with its interior design and art collection.
  • Holland-America-Canaletto - Canaletto is an elegant Nieuw Amsterdam table-service dinner option with linen tablecloths, crystal and china. Enjoy classic Italian cuisine while taking in a great view of the ocean.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Neptune-Suite-NA10-08832-1 - Neptune Suite, also called a Deluxe Veranda Suite, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam gets you 506 to 590 square feed including a private veranda, king bed (or two singles), bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, sitting area with sofa, priority boarding for ports of call, priority dining and seating and special amenities. (Be sure to ask Cruiseable's travel specialists for details about the small differences between Neptune Suites and Signature Suites.)
  • Holland-America-Crows-Nest - The Crow's Nest Lounge aboard Holland America ships offers sweeping views of the ocean and passing landscapes. Head there to watch the sunset and then see it transform into a dance club after dark.
  • Holland-America-Northern-Lights - Head to the Northern Lights disco/dance club aboard your Holland America Line cruise to dance and party into the late night hours.
  • Holland-America-Nieuw-Amsterdam-in-Venice - Aerial shot of Nieuw Amsterdam sailing into Venice. Launched in Venice on July 4, 2010, Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates the cultural traditions of New York (named Nieuw Amsterdam once upon a time) with its interior design and art collection.
  • Holland-America-Signature-Class-Culinary-Academy - Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Centers is where intimate, hands-on classes are generally freestyle and cruisers can do as much or as little as they wish while preparing dishes under the chef’s supervision.
  • Holland-America-Nieuw-Amsterdam-in-Venice-2 - Nieuw Amsterdam sailing into Venice. Launched in Venice on July 4, 2010, Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates the cultural traditions of New York (named Nieuw Amsterdam once upon a time) with its interior design and art collection.
  • Holland-America-Nieuw-Amsterdam-in-Venice - Aerial shot of Nieuw Amsterdam sailing into Venice. Launched in Venice on July 4, 2010, Nieuw Amsterdam celebrates the cultural traditions of New York (named Nieuw Amsterdam once upon a time) with its interior design and art collection.
  • Nieuw-Amsterdam-in-Venice - Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice.

Nieuw Amsterdam: Old-style sophistication meets contemporary charm

Our review

Have you sailed on Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

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.

Ratings & awards

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  • Top 20 Medium-Sized Ships, Conde Nast Traveler (2014)

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Dining

  • 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.
The serene Veranda Spa Suites and Staterooms on Nieuw Amsterdam are conveniently located near the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.
Courtesy of Holland America Cruise LineThe serene Veranda Spa Suites and Staterooms on Nieuw Amsterdam are conveniently located near the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.

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.
A look at the Pinnacle Suite, also known as the Penthouse Suite, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. Enjoy the extra room to spread out, a private veranda and a host of complimentary services.
Michel Verdure / Courtesy of Holland America Cruise LineA look at the Pinnacle Suite, also known as the Penthouse Suite, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. Enjoy the extra room to spread out, a private veranda and a host of complimentary services.

Staterooms

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

  • What: Culinary Arts Center
  • Where: Daily cooking demonstrations

  • What: Lido Pool, with retractable roof
  • Where: Top deck midship

  • What: Club HAL
  • Where: Kids & teens club
  • 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.

Top dining options on board

Tamarind

  • Style: Asian
  • Small charge
  • Open: Dinner

Pinnacle Grill

  • Style: Steaks & meat
  • Small charge
  • Open: Dinner

Canaletto

  • Style: Italian
  • Small charge
  • Open: Dinner

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Fast facts

2,106 Passengers [?]
929 Crew
11 Decks
2009 Maiden voyage
86,700 Tonnage [?]
936 Length in feet
105 Width in feet (max beam)
25 speed (mph) [?]

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