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holland america’s NIEUW AMSTERDAM Snorkeling at Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s “private island.” I vivian holley onboard review july 2010 It was the Fourth of July, and guests boarding Holland America Line’s gleaming Nieuw Amsterdam soon found themselves immersed in New York City nostalgia. Those ties aside, it was not your typical flag-waving, fireworks-popping, all-American holiday. For one thing, the ship was debuting in Venice. For another, both the vibe and the passenger list were noticeably international. Recommend was among those that gathered for the inaugural celebration of HAL’s latest entry in the cruise sweepstakes, joining the company’s top guns on hand to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, who named the ship. Company stalwarts were there as well to introduce industry invitees to the premium-brand charms and comforts of Nieuw Amsterdam—the fourth vessel in HAL’s 22 september 2010 137-year, rich-textured historic tapestry to carry the evocative name. It calls up not only memories of the first Nieuw Amsterdam that premiered in 1906 (picture a full set of sails and steam engines), but stories of the succeeding namesakes and the links between America and the Netherlands. There was, in particular, that spot that caught the eye of Henry Hudson in the 17th century, to be christened New Amsterdam by Dutch founders. new york, new york Indeed, the ship throughout is a thematic tribute to both HAL’s heritage and New York City. Roam on your own, or pick up a complimentary iPod for a guided art tour, and you’ll be treated to a grand, eclectic continued on page 24

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend September 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Norwegian Epic
Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam
Ocean Club Resorts, Turks & Caicos
10 Great Family Resort Stays
Saint Lucia Travel Agent Specialist Program
Stay Awhile: Great Family Escapes
Touring Latin America: Calling All Explorers!
Montreal—"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
Hawaii: Mahalo to Condo-Hotels
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Unforgettable Safaris
The Wonders of China
Christmas Tours

Recommend September 2010