Thanks to HAL guest Andre for sending in this beautiful photo taken during the ‘Blessing of the Bell’ ceremony before Nieuw Amsterdam’s inaugural cruise last year.
On July 6, guests and crew filled Nieuw Amsterdam’s Showroom at Sea for a spectacular ice-sculpting performance by the group Fear No Ice. Since 1989, these champion ice sculptors have been competing and sculpting all over the world and they even represented the United States as Olympic ice sculptors during the winter games in Norway… read more of “Nieuw…”
Putting together the live webcast of Nieuw Amsterdam’s dedication ceremony on the blog and Holland America Line’s website required a team that included personnel in Venice, Atlanta, Miami and Seattle. Here are some photos from Venice, provided by Miami-based videographer and producer Mo Moghari. At the heart of the webcast were the encoder (left), which… read more of “Meet the Venice…”
A sea of signatures surrounds that of Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, Godmother to Nieuw Amsterdam. All guests on board the three-day inaugural voyage were asked to sign the wall, which will be permanently installed on the ship.
Hotel Manager Bert van Mackelenbergh sent us additional shots of the Blessing of the Bell Ceremony. Enjoy!
Here is video of Princess Maxmia arriving at the ship July 4 for the dedication ceremony. Video by Jim Hoogendorp for the Nederlands Persfotobureau.
A Holland America Line tradition in welcoming a new ship to the fleet includes the blessing of the ship’s bell. This takes place by pouring champagne over the bell and saying “We bless the bell of Nieuw Amsterdam as an extension of this vessel. We wish upon Nieuw Amsterdam fair winds and a following sea…. read more of “Blessing of the…”
After they participated in Nieuw Amsterdam’s inaugural festivities, this band of Dutch journalists took a gondola tour of Venice before heading home to the Netherlands.