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(11:20 a.m. EDT) -- After baking in the sun on a sweltering day in Venice, Holland America's new Nieuw Amsterdam got cooled off with a splash of bubbly. The 86,000-ton, 2,106-passenger ship was christened today by Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, who pulled a lever onboard to release a Champagne bottle against the hull of the vessel -- a maritime tradition thought to bring ships good luck. It broke on the first try.
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With the recent launch of the 2,106-guest ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line is showcasing its new approach to shipboard entertainment, opting to bring more intimacy to evening shows.
Exemplifying this new direction is the singing group Cantaré, a quartet of male performers with a pop music repertoire covering several eras.
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The recently launched Nieuw Amsterdam is the 15th ship in Holland America Line’s fleet, with no more on the drawing boards. Looks like the company saved the best for last.
Due to begin its winter season from home port Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 7, the 2,106-passenger ship emphasizes Holland America’s historical ties to New York – named, of course, Nieuw Amsterdam by the Dutch explorers who purchased it.
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Join Peter Knego aboard Holland America Line’s “Nieuwest” ship, the 86,273 gt MV NIEUW AMSTERDAM for a seven night cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean.
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Continue with Peter Knego aboard Holland America Line’s “Nieuwest” ship, the 86,273 gt MV NIEUW AMSTERDAM on a seven night cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean, visiting HAL’s private “Out Island”, Half Moon Cay, St. Maarten, San Juan and Grand Turk.
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Wrapping it up with Peter Knego aboard Holland America Line’s “Nieuwest” ship, the 86,273 gt MV NIEUW AMSTERDAM as the seven night cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean continues with a final, activity-filled day at sea.
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Michelle Bernstein, award-winning chef, restaurateur and culinary author from Miami, is scheduled to participate in the guest-enrichment program on the June 3, 2011, Mediterranean Romance Voyage aboard Holland America Line’s newest ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam, according to a press release from the cruise line.