Cruise Line History – Holland America Line’s R.M.S. NIEUW AMSTERDAM – One of the largest, most luxurious and modern vessels every built…


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Our thanks to the excellent website ROYAL REGALS – a History of Ocean Liners for various photos and information on this ship. Other photos are from Holland American Line brochures in the Cruise Line History collection.


The Nieuw Amsterdam was a statement in Art Deco. The style was seen as elegant, functional and modern – as evidenced aboard this great ship.


Program for evening entertainment on 1950s South American Cruise aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam


Magnificent in conception and lavishly beautiful in execution, the air-conditioned Grand Hall of the Nieuw Amsterdam was a luxurious lounge during daylight hours, and a regal setting for sparkling evening activities. The elegant balcony bar provided a vantage point with a commanding view of the festivities below. (from Royal Regals – a History of Ocean Liners)


Pride of a seafaring nation, the Holland-America’s Nieuw Amsterdam was one of the largest, most luxurious and modern vessels ever built. For the exacting traveler, she offered an experience unmatched by any other. Famed for her “old world” service and continental cuisine, Nieuw Amsterdam proved to be one of the most popular vessels on the Atlantic run for the better part of three decades. Her public rooms and cabins reflected the talent and craftsmanship of the Netherlands’ most advanced architects and interior designers. And with an understated elegance that charmed and comforted, she developed a loyal following among passengers that lasted until her retirement. (from Royal Regals – a History of Ocean Liners)


Deck scene for “tanning and sports” from a Holland American Line brochure offering a 50 Day South American Cruise from New York aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam departing February 7, 1950. Calling first at what was described as “Gay Havana” – the ship contiuned through the Panama Canal and around South America. Fares starting at $1295 per person for 50 Days!


Nieuw Amsterdam’s deluxe stateroom. Described as “gay in color, last word in luxurious comfort… decorated by Netherlands leading designers… two-room suite with bedroom, living room alcove, trunk room and private bath.”


Details in the First Class Dining Salon were calculated to enhance enjoyment of the lavish meals served aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. The golden padded ceiling, tinted mirrors and soft diffused lighting lent an air of quiet distinction to the room. The Dining Salon was air-conditioned and featured a battery of escalators to speed service to and from the galleys located on the deck below. (from Royal Regals – a History of Ocean Liners)



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During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…