Holland America ocean cruise ship

Nieuw Statendam

We recently had the opportunity to be on the first cruise on the Nieuw Statendam starting in Rome with our charter client for final preparations prior to their charter. This is the second ship in Holland America’s new Pinnacle Class with 2,566 guests. In my personal opinion it boasts one of the best interior decors HAL has come up with to date.

The theme of this ship revolves around music and you can see it in the design of various rooms, deck names and art throughout the ship. The ship has a light and bright feel and a nice contemporarily elegant finish to her. This ship doesn’t rely on gimmicks but the history…

Aerial Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice on July 3rd 2010
Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland America Line

Nieuw Amsterdam

Over the summer we went on the Nieuw Amsterdam for the first time since they completely finished their refurbish. The ship looked beautiful with an elegant modern touch. The staterooms boast a more neutral color scheme with the traditional amenities and hospitality one has become accustomed to on HAL.

My favorite area on the ship was the Explorations Café which has replaced the Crow’s Nest. Now you can enjoy your specialty coffees, or an alcoholic beverage, with the beautiful views from the 13th floor. The shore excursion desk is next door and has been given a much more modern technological look.



This past November Diana and I had the pleasure of sailing on Holland America’s newest ship, the Koningsdam. This 2,600 passenger ship is Holland America’s most contemporary ship yet, but still firmly anchored in their elegant style and tradition.

When Worldwide heard that the ship was going to feature a major architectural element throughout inspired by music, we quickly notified one of our clients who produces the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, and they became the first charterer. Upon seeing the end results at last year’s inaugural event, and…