Woo-hoo! Holland America Line took ownership of the Nieuw Amsterdam today in a celebratory ceremony aboard the ship in Marghera, Italy, today.
Dozens of officers and crew lined the Crow’s Nest to witness the protocol of delivery.
Holland America Line President & CEO Stein Kruse welcomed guests and noted the long-standing collaborative relationship between Holland America and shipbuilder Fincantieri — especially the Marghera shipyard where 11 of the current fleet have been built. (Photo by Bert van Mackelenbergh)
Fincantieri’s Shipyard Director Attilio Dapelo complimented his team and thanked Holland America Line for its long and continued support.
Nieuw Amsterdam’s master, Captain Edward van Zaane, characterized the ship an Italian “masterpiece” of artistry and technology, and extended his appreciation to the many men and women who worked on the ship.
Pieter Rijkaart, HAL’s director, new building, presented a check to the shipyard’s labor union.
The labor union also presented a handcrafted Venetian mask to the ship in commemoration of the event.
Next, Mr. Dapelo for Fincantieri and Dan Grausz, Holland America Line’s senior vice president, fleet operations, signed the final paperwork to complete the transaction. (Photo by Bert van Mackelenbergh)
The paperwork completed, the Italian national anthem played as the country’s flag was lowered, followed by the Dutch anthem and the raising of the Dutch flag.
Champagne was enjoyed by all.