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Westerdam
Holland America Line's Westerdam ex Homeric of Home Lines, at Tilbury she was en route from the Caribbean to Germany where she was lengthened.

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Holland America's livery never worked as well on this ship as did Home Lines'. Adding the same yellow paint used on the funnel to the raised superstructure beneath the mast was a clever move on the part of Home Lines as it streamlined the ship's appearance. (Google: Home Lines Homeric images, if interested.)
 

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This photo is from the short period between the purchase of Home Lines and their ships Atlantic (which was immediately either sold or chartered to Premier Cruise Lines) and the Homeric (renamed Westerdam by Holland America) and the mid-ship insertion/stretching. For a period several years after her stretching she was the largest Holland America ship ever. I think she looked a bit better with the added length.

On a side note, Premier Cruise Lines had dealings with Home Lines in the past and had purchased the SS Oceanic from them in late 1984 or January 1985. Premier was seriously trying to make a purchase of Home Lines but for some reason lost out to Holland America Line. After the sale, Premier did strike a deal with HAL and ended up either buying or entered into long-trm charter of the MV Atlantic from HAL but they were not able to get the MV Homeric. The rumor at the time was that Premier wanted to place Homeric out of LA for 3 and 4 day cruises tied into a Disneyland package which was similar to what they offered out of Port Canaveral with Disney World. The plan was to then become the "Official Cruise Line of Disneyland and Walt Disney World".
 

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I think that the ship looked better 'as built'. After lengthening the new section was so obvious and the front superstructure was spoiled.
 

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