Several of our bloggers at the yard sent in this post. Thanks to Rose Abello for writing it and Steve Simao and Rick Duval for providing photos.
The ceremony began with music and an extraordinary entrance revealing captains from all of the Holland America ships.
Resident shipboard quartet, Cantare, performed a moving rendition of 'The Impossible Dream.'
Stein Kruse then welcomed guests and told legends of the previous Nieuw Amsterdam and those ships storied name. This included emotional footage from the Nieuw Amsterdam II that showed it as a troop carrier in WWII when soldiers carved their names into the ship’s railing to commemorate their transit of the Atlantic Ocean. To re-create this legendary tradition, HRH Princess Máxima was invited to sign a wall that will be installed in glass on the ship (during the cruise, all guests and staff on the inaugural voyage will be invited to sign the Signature Wall as well). Her Royal Highness was escorted onstage by Captain van Zaane to join Kruse and officially name the ship.
Stein Kruse welcomes Princess Maxima to the stage.
After signing the wall, HRH Princess Máxima moved an antique bridge order telegraph that triggered a video of the bottle breaking on each of the fleet’s 14 ships ending with a live feed of the champagne bottle breaking on the hull of Nieuw Amsterdam.
The money shot! Welcome to the fleet Nieuw Amsterdam!