Holland America Line

The Last Ocean Liners

 

Holland America Line The Dutch ships were noted for reliability and spotlessness, with a weekly three ship operation across the North Atlantic. In peak season, one of the fleet departed New York every Friday for Southampton and Le Havre (7 days), continuing to Rotterdam (8 days). Concurrently, there was a westbound sailing every Tuesday from Rotterdam, and Wednesday from Le Havre and Southampton.

Holland America Line Rotterdam was the largest Dutch ocean liner to date, a superbly decorated flagship, rich in art, design and imported woods. She was also the first transatlantic liner without a traditional funnel and one of the first passenger ships to have engines mounted two-thirds aft instead of midship. Twin uptakes were used for the exhausts. As another unusual design feature, the two classes were divided horizontally rather than vertically.

Holland America Line The beloved Nieuw Amsterdam was built before World War II and proclaimed "the ship of tomorrow". She was an art deco gem following the trend of the day in interior decoration and exterior design. The handsome Statendam followed in the 1950s in recognition of a growing demand for economical travel, with over 90% of the ship devoted to Tourist class.

Passengers enjoyed continental cuisine and devoted service by unobtrusive stewards in beautiful surroundings, highlighted by fine paneling, paintings, sculptures, mosaics and tapestries.




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Rotterdam - 1959 - Holland America Line
Rotterdam Holland America Line
Built: 1959 by Rotterdamsche DD Mij, Rotterdam, Holland Gross tons: 38645 Length: 748ft (228m) Width: 94ft (29m) Depth: 29ft (9m) Speed: 20.5kn Power: 38500 shp Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 301 First 1055 Tourist End of service: Cruising only from 1969; sold 1997
 

Nieuw Amsterdam - 1938 - Holland America Line
Nieuw Amsterdam Holland America Line
Built: 1938 by Rotterdamsche DD Mij, Rotterdam, Holland Gross tons: 36982 Length: 758ft (231m) Width: 88ft (27m) Depth: 31ft (9m) Speed: 21kn Power: 35100 shp Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 574 First 583 Tourist End of service: Cruising only from 1971; scrapped 1974
 

Statendam - 1957 - Holland America Line
Statendam Holland America Line
Built: 1957 by Wilton-Fijenord, Schiedam, Holland Gross tons: 24294 Length: 642ft (196m) Width: 81ft (25m) Depth: 26ft (8m) Speed: 19kn Power: 22000 shp Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw Passengers: 84 First 868 Tourist End of service: Cruising only from 1966; sold 1982