Amsterdam Off Half Moon Cay
On July 16, 2020, it was announced that Amsterdam had been sold to Fred.Olsen Cruise Line. This photo feature is presented in tribute to Amsterdam's years with Holland America Line ("HAL").
For many years, Amsterdam, along with her near sister Rotterdam, were the co-flagships of HAL. In this role, Amsterdam traveled the world visiting exotic ports. However, she also included more popular ports in her itineraries such as HAL's private island in the Bahamas Half Moon Cay. On this occasion, she was joined there by her larger fleetmate Eurodam.
Amsterdam at just over 60,000 gross tons is a relatively small cruise ship. However, there are no cruise ship piers at Half Moon Cay so even ships the size of Amsterdam have to tender passengers ashore.
Some passengers passing by the ship's stern may have been puzzled by the fact that both this ship's name and the name of her sister were painted there. Actually, the reference to Rotterdam on Amsterdam's stern was to her home port rather than to the other ship.
Although Amsterdam has the profile of a modern cruise ship, part of her popularity with HAL passengers was her traditional ocean liner inspired interior, which included a museum-quality art collection.
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