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Queen Beatrix to name HAL's Eurodam
Queen Beatrix to name HAL's Eurodam
Holland America Line announced following:
SEATTLE, March 12
Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will name Holland America
Line's new Signature-class ship, ms Eurodam, in a ceremony in Rotterdam on
July 1, 2008. The 2,104-guest ship is being built by Italian shipyard
Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A. in Marghera, Italy.
"The upcoming naming ceremony of ms Eurodam will be a very special moment in
our company's proud 135-year history," said Stein Kruse, president and chief
executive officer, Holland America Line. "We are truly honored that Queen
Beatrix will name our new ship. This special dedication will take place
steps from our historic headquarters as well as our current European head
office. Like her mother did 50 years ago for the beloved ms Rotterdam V,
Queen Beatrix will be the Godmother and name the largest passenger ship ever
to fly the Dutch flag."
Holland America Line has a long and proud relationship with the Dutch Royal
Family when it comes to naming its ships. Nine vessels have been launched by
members of the Royal Family, including the Statendam III in 1929 by Prince
Hendrik; Nieuw Amsterdam in 1937 by Queen Wilhelmina; Statendam IV in 1957
and Prinses Margriet in 1964 by then Princess Beatrix; Rotterdam V in 1958
by Queen Juliana; and Prinsendam in 1973, Nieuw Amsterdam in 1983, Rotterdam
VI in 1997 and Oosterdam in 2003 by Princess Margriet.
The naming ceremony on July 1 will include festivities along Wilhelminakade,
Rotterdam's cruise ship terminal area, in front of
the former headquarters of Holland America Line, which is now Hotel New
York. The company was founded in 1873 in Rotterdam.
An expected audience of several thousand -- including national dignitaries,
special guests and the company's top-selling travel
agents -- will witness an extravaganza of entertainment, the blessing of
Eurodam, and the finale of the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle
across the ship's bow.
Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard became Queen of the Netherlands on April 30,
1980, assuming the duties from her mother, Queen Juliana, who abdicated in
favor of her daughter on her 71st birthday. The Queen is head of state and
represents the Netherlands at home and abroad, serving as president of the
Council of State, the government's main advisory body, meeting regularly
with ministers, and signing acts of Parliament and Royal decrees. She makes
several state visits to other countries each year and regularly receives
other Heads of State and Government dignitaries visiting the Netherlands.
The 70-year-old queen received her degree in European and International Law
in 1961 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leiden in
recognition of her efforts to focus attention on democracy and freedom and
the responsibilities that come with it.
Queen Beatrix was married to Prince Claus van Amsberg for 36 and a half
years before his passing in 2002, and has three sons and seven
grandchildren. A patron of the arts, the Queen enjoys sculpting and is
especially proud to award the annual Royal Grant for Painting. She also
participates in horseback riding, sailing, skiing and playing tennis.
ms Eurodam Advances Premium Offerings
An enlarged and enhanced vessel developed from Holland America Line's
successful and popular Vista-class ships, the first Signature-class vessel,
Eurodam will feature several alternative dining venues, including a stunning
pan-Asian restaurant with panoramic Ocean views.
The popular Explorations Cafe -- powered by The New York Times -- will be
integrated into the traditional Crow's Nest. Other additions include an
Explorer's Lounge Bar, a new specialty restaurant adjacent to the Lido
offering traditional Italian food, a new atrium bar area, and an enhanced
and reconfigured show lounge with theater-style seating.
Staterooms and suites on Eurodam will introduce an inspired and a distinctly
different decor and will include new exclusive, spa-themed and scalloped
verandah categories. Staterooms also will feature Signature of Excellence
premium amenities: plush Euro-top Mariner's Dream beds, deluxe waffle/terry
cloth robes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat panel televisions, DVD players,
make-up mirrors with halo lighting, massage shower heads, professional grade
hair dryers, fresh flowers and complimentary fruit baskets.
Following its maiden voyage to the Baltic and inaugural Europe season, the
ship will sail its first trans-Atlantic cruise, followed by a
series of Canada/New England sailings in the fall before deploying on
Caribbean itineraries for the remainder of 2008.
Willem van der Leek
"It's good to see a well-run site!"
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