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Princess Máxima and HAL Captains Arrive at the Ship

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 ms Nieuw Amsterdam has officially joined the Holland America Line fleet. The day-long celebration began with an unprecedented gathering. Captains representing every ship in the Holland America Line fleet arrived at Nieuw Amsterdam bearing their ship’s flag and assembled at the bow of the ship to greet Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands.

The captains flotilla arrives!

All of the captains lined up with their ship flags behind them.

From left: HAL President and CEO Stein Kruse, Captain Edward van Zaane and Hotel Manager Stan Kuppens greet HRH Princess Máxima as she arrives at the ship.

Following a tour of the ship and welcome reception in the Crow’s Nest HRH Princess Máxima officially named the vessel in a memorable and heart-felt ceremony.

Stein Kruse gives Princess Máxima a tour of Nieuw Amsterdam.

1 Comment
  • Cruise Buzz

    What a wonderful way to bring a new ship into the fleet. I wish I was there. This is all the buzz around my office.

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