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Nieuw Amsterdam Handover Ceremony Held Today

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.

11 Comments
  • DBA

    Thanks for all the photos on this. Next best thing to being there in person! Congrats to all for their hard work up until this point. The true journey is just beginning!

    DBA

  • Ben

    Congratulations with the handover of the MS NIEUW AMSTERDAM.

    Greetings from Nieuw Amsterdam home port Rotterdam,
    Ben.

  • Peter Ward

    Congratulations! I look forward to escorting our group with Signature Travel Network on the Noordam sailing July 26th from Barcelona.
    Cheers

  • CAROL ST LAURENT

    can not wait to see this grand ship, have already booked for janurary…….

  • RevNeal

    Congratulations, Holland America Line!

  • Dorothea du Plessis

    Well done and Congratulations! Captain Edward may your ship sail in calm waters

  • Aad Hoogesteger

    Congratulations from Nicoline and myself. We hope to see her soon somewhere.

    Aad

  • Rob Turnbull

    Thank you congratulations HAL for such a professional undertaking of what is obviously a massive task. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of watching the Nieuw Amsterdam being constructed and feel as though I have already had our holiday – and I know there is more to come.

  • René E. Klarer

    Congratulations to HAL – our favorite Cruise Line with which we enjoyed already 579 unforgettable seadays and are looking forward to board next Sunday in Venice for the inaugural cruise!
    Alice + René E. Klarer, Cabin SA 7051

  • SourdoughSteve

    Gefeliciteerd en de beste wensen naar Nieuw Amsterdam en iedereen die varen in haar!

  • Cristiano

    Well done HAL and congratulations on the Nieuw Amsterdam from the “Land Downunder”.

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