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The keel was laid for Holland America Line's new Pinnacle Class ship.
The keel was laid for Holland America Line's new Pinnacle Class ship.

Holland America Line celebrated the keel laying of its new 2,650-guest Pinnacle Class ship Aug. 22 at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Following a traditional blessing by a priest, a 680-ton block was lowered by crane into the yard’s building dock, marking the official beginning of construction. The 99,500-gross-ton ship is scheduled for delivery in February 2016.
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Dec 2012

From left: Gianfranco Giacomin of Oxin, HAL’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Hotel Director Stan Kuppens, Sandro Marcon of Oxin and Zeljko Modrusan of Fincantieri.

As you have seen in the announcement not too long ago, Holland America Line has ordered a new ship that will be taken into commission in the February of 2016.

As eager and enthusiastic as we are about this news, we didn’t want to let time go to waste in order to try to develop and improve the catering areas in the new ship in the best possible way with the space we have available to us.

I am excited to report that, after an entire week looking at and working on the ship’s Catering Areas, we have been successful in optimizing every single Stainless Steel area of the new ship. The meetings took place in Italy at the vicinity of Oxin which is a Catering Area Building Company and the meetings were supervised by Fincantieri.

Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Deputy Director Technical Operations Henry Veringa and I took on the challenge of this important task for Holland America Line, and guidance and oversight was given by Carnival UK Commissioning Manager James Moore.

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Nieuw Amsterdam under construction in June 2009.

Exciting news, blog fans! It was announced today that Holland America Line will build another ship for delivery in fall 2015.

The 99,000-ton vessel will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at their Marghera Yard, near Venice. Fincantieri has built fourteen Holland America Line ships. The new ship will accommodate 2,660 guests in lower berths and will be the first in a new Pinnacle class of vessels.

The Pinnacle class will have exciting new culinary and entertainment venues, will take our premium accommodations to an even higher level and will include many energy savings measures that will enable us to achieve significant fuel efficiencies.

For more information click HERE. And as more details become available, we’ll share them with you!

Aug 2010

Here are some photos of the art work in one of Nieuw Amsterdam’s bars.

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Since March 26, 2010, we’ve been counting down the “Top 100 Reasons to Sail Aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.” Here’s the complete list of all 100 fabulous reasons! Now you can continue to add your owns reasons to sail.

100: Ahhh … that new-ship smell.
99: Brush up on your computer skills at a shipboard digital workshop powered by Microsoft.
98: Grab some pizza from Slice.
97: Chill out on a warm tile lounger while waiting for a massage in the Greenhouse Spa.
96: Call at our beautiful private island, Half Moon Cay.
95: Take a self-guided walking tour of the extensive on-board art collection.
94: Be entertained Broadway-style in the Showroom at Sea.
93: Learn how to prepare a gourmet dish from a world-renowned chef in the Culinary Arts Center.
92: Participate in the “On Deck for the Cure” breast cancer charity walk benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
91: Do “The New York Times” crossword puzzle in the Explorations Cafe — powered by “The New York Times”.
90: Learn the difference between Cabernet and Merlot in a wine tasting.
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Jul 2010

Steve J. Garrod, HAL employee and webmaster for shipcafe.net, sent us these cool photos from around Nieuw Amsterdam.

A REALLY BIG APPLE hammers home the ship's New York design theme.

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Reason to Sail #1: To meet like-minded travelers who share the love of Holland America Line and to sail on the world’s newest and finest premium cruise ship.

Thanks to Bert van Mackelenbergh for this beautiful photo of Nieuw Amsterdam.