Friday, February 5, 2010

New for 2010: Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam

USA Today

Line: Holland America

Maiden voyage:  July 4, 2010

Home ports: Venice and Barcelona (through October); Fort Lauderdale (winter)

Passengers: 2,106

The buzz: The second ship in Holland America's Signature-class series will be similar to its two-year-old sister, the Eurodam. Like the earlier vessel, it will have a new pan-Asian restaurant called Tamarind on one of the top decks and a casual Italian restaurant on the Lido deck, and it's also bigger than its predecessors with one more deck than the 10-deck Vista-class series. As with the Eurodam, cabins also have gotten a new d├ęcor. Gone are the floral patterns of old, replaced by a calmer, more monochromatic design. The Nieuw Amsterdam, notably, is the fourth Holland America ship to bear the name since 1906.

Itineraries: 10 & 12-night Mediterranean cruises (from $1,700); 20-night trans-Atlantic cruise (from $1,999); 7-night Caribbean cruises (from $849).

Information:  1-800-826-4333 / Cruise Marketplace / Holland America Cruises