Nieuw Amsterdam left its berth at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard today to go through its first set of sea trials. During the trials, the ship is put through its operational paces, clocked going full speed, scores of tests are run on shipboard systems and the vessel is put through a whole range of maneuvers. Mary Moore,… read more of “Nieuw Amsterdam Set…”
On April 28, 2010, Veendam made her inaugural visit to Bermuda during its first cruise of the season. This call was made even more special with a visit from the island’s Premier, Ewart Brown, and the mayors of Hamilton and St. George, Bermuda. While on board, Premier Brown presented Captain Pieter Jan Van Maurik with… read more of “Premier Ewart Brown…”
Recently, ms Oosterdam sailed on her last voyage for the spring 2010 Mexico season into the Gulf of California, previously known as the Sea of Cortez. She was for the first time in Loreto and Topolobampo, Mexico. During the inaugural calls, a plaque ceremony was held in the Crow’s Nest on board the ship. The… read more of “Captain’s…”
Roberto Quito, Eurodam’s senior tailor, recently received his 30-year service award at the Mariner’s Brunch. He joined Holland America in 1980 as a tailor and his first vessel assignment was on board ss Veendam. Roberto was promoted to senior tailor in 1990 while serving on the old Westerdam. Roberto has five children and his favorite… read more of “Eurodam’s Sr….”
Holland America Line revealed today that Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will name Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice, Italy, July 4, 2010. Nieuw Amsterdam IV will be the 11th Holland America Line vessel launched by a member of the Dutch Royal Family. Previous ship dedications include ss Statendam III in 1929 by Prince… read more of “And the Godmother…”
I forgot about this video I made last year of the bottle breaking on the side of the ship during its floating out ceremony. (It goes backwards and then forwards.) Rob Matthew is Nieuw Amsterdam’s 3rd engineer.
Here’s a “vintage” video of Nieuw Amsterdam’s float out. Rob Matthew is Nieuw Amsterdam’s 3rd engineer.
Kees Streuding, Volendam’s hotel manager, sent us this photo from Volendam’s maiden call at Gisborne, New Zealand. Chief Officer Gerd Teensma (right), Hotel Manager Kees Streuding (center) and 4th Officer Stephen Chew (left) with the local Maori Ceremonial committee during Volendam’s first visit to Gisborne, New Zealand, on December 24, 2009. A special dance/singing welcome… read more of “Volendam’s…”