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Holland AmericaNieuw Amsterdam entered service in July, 2010. The ship is 936 feet in length and has eleven passenger decks. With a capacity of 2100 passengers, the ship has roughly 2.2 passengers per crew member. Nieuw Amsterdam has many of the touches found onboard other Holland America ships plus several new amenities that are described in the following sections.

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Holland America AmsterdamHolland America Line has a long history dating back to its founding in the late 1800s. Holland America is now based in Seattle and owned by the Carnival Corporation. Holland America has 15 cruise ships in service worldwide and is well known for their Alaska cruises. The cruise line maintains many classic touches, including dark paneled walls and fine art work. Holland America has historically attracted an older audience, but it's common to find families onboard. Many passengers prefer Holland America over its competitors due to lower guest per square foot ratios.

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Nieuw Amsterdam will cruise the Mediterranean during the Summer months. Nieuw Amsterdam offers a number of amazing itineraries departing from Venice, Italy through October. Beginning in November, Nieuw Amsterdam will cruise the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale.

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Nieuw Amsterdam offers passengers a diverse menu of shore excursions through its website, which enables passengers to search by Destination and Port. Excursions can be reserved online up to five days before your cruise, anytime by phone or onboard the ship at the Shore Excursion Desk.

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Nieuw Amsterdam has over 1000 cabins onboard. You can choose from an Inside, Ocean View, Balcony or Suite. When selecting a cabin on Nieuw Amsterdam, make sure you know which public areas are near, above and below your cabin. Everyone's tastes are different, but it's best not to be surprised when you get onboard.

  • Suites: 398 - 1318 sq. ft. with balcony
  • Balcony: 254 sq. ft. with balcony
  • Ocean View: 185 sq. ft. with a picture window or porthole
  • Inside: 170 - 200 sq. ft.

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Nieuw Amsterdam features The Mariner's Dream™ Bed, which is a Sealy® Posturepedic mattress complete with two down pillows. This is yet another indication of how cruise lines are keeping pace with amenities offered by fine hotels. Here are some of the other Bed & Bath amenities you will find onboard Nieuw Amsterdam:

  • Elemis Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel and Soap
  • Two cotton bathrobes
  • Egyptian cotton towels
  • Hair dryer
  • Make-up mirror

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Holland America Internet AccessNieuw Amsterdam has 24-hour Internet access. You have a couple of options for getting online while onboard. You can either use a terminal in the Explorations Café (powered by The New York Times) or you can access Nieuw Amsterdam's WiFi network. Here are a few more details and information about how much it will cost you for Internet access on Nieuw Amsterdam.

Explorations Café (Deck 11):

  • Comfortable sit down kiosks (similar to an airport lounge)
  • Approximately 12 terminals (HP computers with ViewSonic monitors)
  • Coffee Bar open from 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • DVD rentals for $3 (2000 titles available) and Book check out from 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Nieuw Amsterdam Internet & WiFi Pricing:

  • Time Plan 1: 250 minutes for $100 ($0.40/minute)
  • Time Plan 2: 100 minutes for $55 ($0.55/minute)
  • Pay As You Go: ($0.75/minute)
  • Keep in mind that all time plans require a one-time activation fee of $3.95 and unused minutes are not refunded

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Holland America Line allows guests who are legal drinking age to bring wine and champagne onboard Nieuw Amsterdam at the beginning of the cruise. If you bring your own wine or champagne to dinner, a corkage fee of $18/bottle will be applied to your onboard account.

Guests are not permitted to bring any other alcoholic beverages onboard Nieuw Amsterdam. Alcohol purchased in the ship's duty free or in port will be held until the end of your cruise.

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Nieuw Amsterdam offers a wide variety of dining options onboard. From casual to elegant, we have been told that the cuisine on Holland America is very good. Holland America recently introduced "As You Wish" dining allowing passengers a flexible dining schedule. If you prefer the traditional set times and seating assignments that option is also available. Whatever your preference, there is a lot to choose from. Nieuw Amsterdam has two new dining concepts, the Canaletto & Tamarind Restaurants that were first introduced on ms Eurodam.

Nieuw Amsterdam Restaurants:

  • Lido Restaurant: buffet dining for breakfast and lunch; casual dinner atmosphere
  • Terrace Grill: day time casual dining on the Lido Deck
  • Canaletto Restaurant: Italian dining in a section of the Lido Restaurant (evenings only)
  • Manhattan Dining Room: two-story main dining room
  • Tamarind Restaurant: specialty Pan Asian dining, costs an additional $15 - $20 per person for dinner depending on menu choices
  • Pinnacle Grill: specialty restaurant, costs an additional $20 per passenger for dinner.
  • 24-hour room service menu

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Nieuw Amsterdam features numerous bars & lounges. Whether you are looking for a quiet drink or a place to meet up with friends for the evening, the choices are extensive. Here are some of the most popular spots onboard the ship:

  • Crow's Nest: panoramic bar
  • Silk Den: asian-inspired lounge great place for a drink before dinner in the Tamarind Restaurant
  • Lido Bar: pool side bar
  • Sea View Bar: poolside bar
  • Ocean Bar: live music and classic drinks
  • Pinnacle Bar: wine bar adjacent to the Pinnacle Grill
  • Sports Bar: sports-themed bar with TVs
  • Piano Bar: good live entertainment nightly
  • Northern Lights: dance club and bar
  • Explorer's Bar: quiet bar with classical music
  • Atrium Bar: near the atrium staircase

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Nieuw Amsterdam's main entertainment venue is The Showroom at Sea. Typically, there are two seatings (8:00 & 10:00 PM) for the theatrical, musical or comedic productions each evening. The Showroom at Sea is well styled with comfortable seats.

You will find additional live entertainment in the bars & lounges onboard.

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Nieuw Amsterdam features a Casino on the Lower Promenade Deck that is open while the ship is "At Sea." You will find popular games, including Black Jack, Craps, Slot Machines, Three Card Poker and Video Poker. Typically, there will be Slot tournaments while you are onboard. Just a reminder, you must be 18 years of age to enter the casino.

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Nieuw Amsterdam has three pools onboard. The Lido Deck Pool is located mid-ship with spa tubs and bar & grill. The Sea View Pool is at the rear of the Lido Deck. There is also a Hydro Pool near the entrance to the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Nieuw Amsterdam has wooden chairs with lounge pads by the Lido Pool and mesh-back lounge chairs by the Sea View Pool. There are also abundant towels and crew members willing to serve you.

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Nieuw Amsterdam has extensive activities for you to enjoy while onboard. If you have been onboard Holland America Line, drop us a line and tell us about the Onboard Activities that you experienced. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Bingo: played daily
  • Club HAL: activities for ages 3-17
  • Culinary Arts Center by Food & Wine Magazine: food and drink classes hosted by Nieuw Amsterdam's Party Planner
  • Digital Workshop: a variety of computer & technology classes offered by Microsoft
  • Movies: daily movies offered in the Screening Room, a theater-styled room with a popcorn machine and approximately 20 comfortable chairs

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Nieuw Amsterdam has a large gym located at the forward end of Deck 9 (Lido). You can exercise on Precor elliptical trainers, treadmills and stationary bikes. There are also Cybex weight training machines and free-weights available. They also offer a number of classes and fitness seminars.

There is a certified trainer on duty if you need help or want a personalized fitness program. You will find men's & women's sauna and steam rooms where you can relax after your workout.

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Nieuw Amsterdam's Greenhouse Spa & Salon is located at the forward end of Deck 9 (Lido). They offer a wide variety of spa & wellness treatments onboard. If you have already cruised on Nieuw Amsterdam, write a cruise review and tell other passengers about the Spa, treatments available and cost.

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