Seattle, April 26 2010
Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima will name Holland America Line’s new Signature-class ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam in a ceremony in Venice, Italy, on July 4 2010. The 2,106-guest ship is the fourth to carry that name for the line and is being built by Italian shipyard Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. in Marghera, Italy. “The Royal Family is continuing a long and proud tradition of naming Holland America Line ships that started more than 80 years ago, and we are truly honoured that Princess Máxima will name Nieuw Amsterdam,” said Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer of Holland America Line. “The naming ceremony will mark a signature moment in our company’s 137-year history as Princess Máxima becomes godmother of Nieuw Amsterdam, which will share the distinction with her sister-ship Eurodam as the largest passenger ships ever to fly the Dutch flag.” Nieuw Amsterdam IV will be the 11th Holland America Line vessel launched by a member of the Dutch Royal Family. Previous ship dedications include the ss Statendam III in 1929 by Prince Hendrik, ss Nieuw Amsterdam II in 1937 by Queen Wilhelmina, ss Statendam IV in 1957 and ms Prinses Margriet in 1964 by then Princess Beatrix, ss Rotterdam V in 1958 by Queen Juliana, ms Prinsendam II in 1973, ms Nieuw Amsterdam III in 1983, ms Rotterdam VI in 1997 and ms Oosterdam in 2003 by Princess Margriet and ms Eurodam in 2008 by Queen Beatrix.