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Thomson Spirit, formerly Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship itinerary, information & images.

NAMES

THOMSON SPIRIT (NIEUW AMSTERDAM)

CLASS

MIDSIZED CRUISE SHIP

ENT/SERVICE

1983

BUILT

CHANTIERS DE L’ATLANTIQUE / ST NAZAIRE / FRANCE

WEIGHT

33,930 TONS

LENGTH

704 FEET

WIDTH

90 FEET

SPEED

21 KNOTS - DIESEL ENGINES

The Holland America Line (HAL) was founded in 1873 with their first ship being the original Rotterdam. In those early days it would take ships up to 15 days to cross the Atlantic. The ever-increasing emigrant trade between Europe and America allowed HAL to build up their fleet and become a well-established company. By the early 1970s, Trans Atlantic travel by liner had diminished to an extent HAL ended their service between Europe and America and began using their ships for cruising.

Nieuw Amsterdam was the first of two sister ships that became the Holland America Line's first purposely built cruise ships. The second ship in this class Noordam entered service in 1984.

These two ships have 9 passenger decks, 2 pools, 5 bars, casino, fitness center, 423 seat show lounge, 411 outside cabins, 194 inside cabins, can carry 1,210 passengers and a crew of 542.

These ships were operated on cruises throughout the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea and Northern Europe. During the winter, their main routes were from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa - Caribbean and Panama Canal.

Nieuw Amsterdam was chartered by the England based Thomson Cruises in 2002 to be operated under the name Thomson Spirit.

Noordam was sold to Thomson Cruises in 2005 to be operated under the name Thomson Celebration.

Thomson Spirit's Itinerary is mainly from the ports of Marmaris and Limassol to the Eastern Mediterranean & Black Sea. Reviews.

Thomson Celebration's Itinerary is mainly Eastern Mediterranean & Black Sea out of ports such as Dubrovnik, and Caribbean & Central America out of ports such as Bridgetown.Reviews.

View the website for these ships at www.thomson.co.uk/cruise/ships.

Although the Holland America Line was taken over by Carnival in 1989, they continue to operate under their own name.

Thomson Spirit image

Thomson Spirit in the port of Kotor, Montenegro, Large Image.

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