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Guests sailing on board the 33,930-gross-ton ms Nieuw Amsterdam will find the ship combines the luxury of a resort hotel with state-of-the-art onboard technology.

The 704-foot-long Nieuw Amsterdam, built in France at a cost of $160 million and launched in 1983, is the third Holland America Line ship to bear the name. The 1,214-passenger ship has a staff of 542, with Dutch officers and Indonesian and Filipino crew.

The Nieuw Amsterdam features a $2 million collection of art and artifacts related to the exploration of the New World. Long before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Henry Hudson had discovered Manhattan and the Dutch had claimed it. The colony was named Nieuw Amsterdam and flourished as the first Dutch trading settlement in the New World.

On board the Nieuw Amsterdam are treasures from the 17th and 18th Century. The theme is the Dutch West India Company, established in Amsterdam in 1603 to forge commercial and cultural ties between Holland and the New World. Display cases throughout the ship's public rooms contain artifacts -- such as authentic navigation instruments or an exquisite Delft tile riverscape -- maps, historical notes and other documents relating to the period.

The Nieuw Amsterdam has nine passenger decks, with duty-free shops and most public rooms conveniently located on Promenade and Upper Promenade decks. The large public rooms feature high-quality furnishings and understated elegance.

The 325-seat Lido restaurant, which features an extensive buffet for casual dining at breakfast and lunch, opens to the spacious Lido Terrace.

The Manhattan Dining Room, seating 722 guests, is located on Main Deck, along with the Square and the Front Office, which is open 24 hours a day.

The 230-seat Princess Theater is used for lectures, meetings and religious services, as well as recent films. Other rooms -- De Halve Maen (named for Henry Hudson's ship, the Half Moon), the Card Room and the Book Chest -- adjoin and may be used for meetings and private parties, as well as scheduled activities. The ship features five lounges: the Stuyvesant Lounge two-deck showroom, the Hudson Lounge, the Explorers Lounge, the Pear Tree Club nightclub with its Partridge Bar, and the popular Crow's Nest atop the ship directly above the bridge.

In addition, the ship features the Wampum Casino, offering blackjack, Caribbean poker, roulette, craps table and slot machines; a fully-equipped Ocean Spa fitness center; two outdoor swimming pools; and men's and women's saunas and massage rooms.

A 15-foot-wide teak deck encircles Upper Promenade Deck, affording space for the ship's comfortable deck chairs, as well as ample room for running or walking.

Each spacious stateroom is equipped with a private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning, telephone with computerized wakeup service, multi-channel music system and closed-circuit television. Also, four staterooms have been equipped to accommodate physically challenged guests.

ms Nieuw Amsterdam 1998 Cruise Schedule

(R) Cruise operates in reverse order

Name /
origins- destinations in bold
South America Explorer


Ft. Lauderdale- St. Kitts; St. Lucia; Trinidad; Devil's Island; Brazil: Itaqui (São Luís), Fortaleza, Salvador (Bahía),- Rio de Janeiro 1/4
South America


Rio de Janeiro -Montevideo, Uruguay; Buenos Aires (overnight); Falkland Islands; Ushuaia, Argentina; Punta Arenas, Chile; Straight of Magellan & Chilean fjords (cruising); Puerto Montt, Chile - Valparaiso, Chile 1/20; 2/5(R); 2/21; 3/9(R)
South America


Rio de Janeiro -- Brazil: Salvador (Bahía), Recife, Itaqui (São Luís); Devil's Island; Trinidad; St. Lucia; St. Kitts; St. John/St. Thomas; Half Moon Cay - Ft. Lauderdale 3/25
Southern Caribbean /Panama Canal (partial)


Ft. Lauderdale - Half Moon Cay (B); Cartagena, Colombia; San Blas Islands; Panama Canal; Limon, Costa Rica - Ft. Lauderdale 4/10
Panama Canal


Ft. Lauderdale -- Half Moon Cay (B); Cartagena, Colombia; Panama Canal; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Huatulco, Mexico; Acapulco (17); Cabo San Lucas; 10), Los Angeles (14), Vancouver (17) 4/20
Alaska (Inside Passage) Vancouver - Juneau; Skagway; Glacier Bay; Ketchikan - Vancouver 5/7 - 9/17
TransPacific Explorer Vancouver - Osaka 9/24
Orient Explorer Osaka - Nagasaki, Japan; Pusan, S. Korea; Dalian, China; Beijing (Xingang) (overnight); Shanghai (overnight); Xiamen (Amoy), China - Hong Kong 10/6
Southeast Asia Hong Kong - Hong Kong (overnight); Da Nang, Vietnam; Bangkok (Sriracha) (overnight); Brunei; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang) Singapore 10/20; 11/4(R); 11/19
Indonesia & Australia Singapore -Indonesia: Jakarta, Semarang, Bali Australia: Darwin, Cairns, Cid Harbour (Great Barrier Reef), Gladstone- Sydney 12/4
Australia & New Zealand Sydney -Australia: Melbourne, Devonport (Tasmania) NZ: Fjordland Nat'l Park (cruising), Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Tauranga, Bay of Islands -Auckland 12/21


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