Holland America Newbuilding.

9th November 2006, 06:58
I don't know this bit of info will be regarded, but here goes, (especially for John R and Willem.)
From Seatrade...The new 4088 pax newbuild from Fincantieri is to be named...."EURODAM"!!
Excuse me.*@#$*&[email protected]#!!!
Sorry, but that seems to be the thin edge of the wedge opening up nearly 200 years of tradition.
Any comments?

David D.(Cloud)

11th November 2006, 13:59
Just an explanation how they got that name.

The management has written out a contest among the employees of HAL, Windstar, Westmark Hotels and Gray Line for a name of the new ship.

There were only two demands to that name.
1. It must end on 'dam'.
2. It should be easily be pronounced by English speaking people.

EURODAM seems to be the winning name.

Ending on 'dam' is understandable, as that is a tradition for passengersships with HAL.
I also can understand why it should be pronounceable easily by English speaking people, as they do have problems with the Dutch names.
Just listen how they pronounce 'Zuiderdam' (==D)

On other forums there are quite heavy discussions and some of the posters (very funny, mostly Americans), came with some ridiculous names like Dollardam, Poundam, etc.

The same people were complaining about the difficulty in pronouncing Zuiderdam when that ship came into service.
In fact, they are complaining about every new name within any cruisecompany.

The new ship EURODAM will have (like all other HAL ships) six paintings by Captain Stephen J. Card. One of course of the EURODAM and the other are five of his favourites.
One of them will be the DIEMERDYK at her last scheduled liner call in Plymouth in October 1963.

I think we get used to this new name within a short time.

1st May 2007, 17:39
David, I was checking some info from HAL, and it looks like the Eurodam carries 2044 souls, vice 4088. If that is incorrect, please let me know...


John Rogers
1st May 2007, 18:38
I guess some of my money went into the cost of building the new ship since I spend my vacation money on HAL.
According to my info from HA she carries 2,044,the stats are on the HA website.

Bruce Carson
1st May 2007, 19:25
My favorite NASL name would be the 'Dubbeldam' of 1891.
Has a nice ring to it when a mere "damn" is not enough.

Bruce C

1st May 2007, 19:55
I don't know about you John, but, I surely paid for a great deal of the new one, and I don't like anything over 1300...

John Rogers
1st May 2007, 23:14
Caesar001, saw your short BIO about being a active HA cruiser,I am also a cruiser on HA, I have already signed up for my 4th voyage, going to OZ and NZ in Feb 2008, also, will be leaving on the 19th for the Meddy cruise on the Westerdam. In my opinion you cant beat them for service. I have cruised with the Norwegian Line and it was very good, but I prefer HA. (I'm spending my kids inheritance.)

2nd May 2007, 02:23
I am with you on the spending the kids inheirtance, I worked for it, let them do their part..laughing....
We are doing the Volendam down under in November of 08. We will be doing the Volendam Partial Canal in November of this year.

2nd May 2007, 12:28
My favorite NASL name would be the 'Dubbeldam' of 1891.
Has a nice ring to it when a mere "damn" is not enough.

Bruce C


Stephen Card's painting of the Dubbeldam is on display on the Zuiderdam.

BTW, I guess it was a typo as the original name of the company (abbriviated) was: NASM - Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij.

John Rogers
2nd May 2007, 12:49
Did the Partial canal and Aruba on the Zaamdam,Alaska on the Zuiderdam,off to the Meddy on the Westerdam,and booked for OZ and NZ on the Statendam. Its a toss up if I have enough money left,run out of years, or run out of HA ships before I reach the point of not being able to do anything.