Seattle, Wash., July 6: In a gala ceremony rich with Dutch heritage, Holland America Line named ms Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice, Italy, on July 4. Her Royal Highness Princess MÃ¡xima of the Netherlands officially named the premium lineâ€™s 15th ship in front of invited dignitaries, cruise guests and media during the special celebration before the ship embarked on its maiden cruise.
â€œWe are exceptionally honored to have Her Royal Highness Princess MÃ¡xima as the godmother of this beautiful ship and to continue a long and proud tradition of having members of the Dutch Royal Family name our ships,â€ said Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer, Holland America Line. â€œThe second Signature-class ship in our fleet is elegant and the largest passenger ship to sail under the Dutch flag.â€
Fifteen fleet captains representing Holland America Lineâ€™s ships participated in the festivities, welcoming Her Royal Highness as she arrived to the pier. Following the shipâ€™s blessing and traditional breaking of a champagne bottle across the shipâ€™s bow as the finale, company executives and senior staff officers.
Built at Fincantieriâ€™s Marghera yard near Venice, the 2,106-guest Nieuw Amsterdam is the fourth to carry that name for the line and departed on its maiden voyage roundtrip from Venice to nearby Mediterranean ports following the naming. After a series of 12-day Mediterranean sailings, the ship embarks on a fall trans-Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean to sail seven-day eastern and western itineraries from November 2010 through March 2011. For more information and cruise fares, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.