Holland America Line
Sailing seven- and 14-day itineraries around the Eastern and Western Caribbean, MS Nieuw Amsterdam boasts an impressive US$3m art and antique collection by traditional Dutch masters and renowned contemporary masters all on display and enhanced through a complimentary self-guided iPod art tour. The celebration of history is well placed on this particular ship has its first predecessor was launched in 1906 and used both a full set of sails and steam engines as she sailed through World War I and through to 1932.
Tonnage: 86 700
Passengers: 2 106
Did you know?
The famed Nieuw Amsterdam II joined the fleet in 1938 as the company's flagship. The silhouette of this ship can still be seen today behind Henry Hudson's Half Moon in the company's logo. At 36 287 tons, "the Darling of the Dutch," as she was known, was decorated in great style and was launched by Her Majesty Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands. Nieuw Amsterdam II served proudly in World War II completing 44 war-time voyages carrying nearly 400 000 passengers (mostly troops). Following the war she was rebuilt and, as the queen of Holland America Line's "spotless fleet," hosted countless well-known figures among her guests, including Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Spencer Tracey and Albert Schweitzer.