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HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM

 
Seattle, April 1, 2009 – Holland America Line will name its latest Signature Class ship and the 16th in its fleet, ms Panandam. To be delivered in August 2014, the 140,000-ton Panadam will be built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. The interior design and art collection will reflect the glamour and history of the Latin Culture of Panama. The ship will have a length of 1205 feet and a beam of 130.5 feet.
 
“The Signature Class marks Holland America Line’s newest series (Panamax Series) of new-build vessels, with a guest capacity of 3,256 for Panadam. This reaffirms our commitment to build new ships for the cruise ship market,” said Stein Kruse, President and CEO, Holland America Line. “This name was chosen because of our long tradition of Panama Canal cruises.  The Panama Canal will complete the post Panama Max locks in August 2014 and this ship will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal by being the first ship to transit the new locks.”

Prior to the first transit, the Panadam with be christened in Colon, Panama and embark on a special 21 night cruise from Colon to San Diego, California and return to Fort Lauderdale Florida.

“Further we plan on operating this ship in the winters with Panama Canal sailings and then Alaska in the summer,” Kruse said.
 
It was in 1938 that the Nieuw Amsterdam II joined the fleet as the company’s flagship and completed the first transits of the Panama Canal. Some 76 years later the tradition of Canal transits will continue with the Panadam.
 
“With innovative design and guest offerings, Panadam will continue the proud tradition of Holland America Line’s sophisticated service and our premium leadership position,” said Kruse. The plan is to continue with an expanded Pinnacle and Tamarind Restaurants and Silk Den Lounge. Future plans include adding a Latin themed Restaurant with nightly live music and dancing.
 
Panadam will further define and expand the Holland America Line premium brand with new concepts such as the innovative Latin themed restaurant. It is to be situated high over the stern of the ship offering panoramic views overlooking the ocean expanse. Traditions such as the Explorer’s Lounge Bar and Ocean Bar will also be on board. In a break from the traditional Atrium on Holland America ships, this ship will have an 8 story Atrium with a dedicated atrium bar dedicated to the history of the Panama Canal.

 
Panadam will feature 13 guest decks and staterooms will spotlight all the Signature of Excellence premium amenities, including plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds, deluxe waffle/terry cloth robes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat panel TVs, dvd players, make-up mirrors with halo lighting, massage shower heads, professional grade hair dryers, fresh flowers and complimentary fruit baskets. The ship will also feature innovative spa staterooms with additional spa amenities.
 
Continuing several much-admired Holland America Line features, including outside-view, glass elevators at midship; the Explorations Café — a cyber-coffee house powered by The New York Times; the innovative Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, where culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and intimate classes in state-of-the-art onboard show kitchens; an expanded Greenhouse Spa and Salon with thermal suites and hydro-pool, the largest gymnasium ever built for Holland America Line; and a youth facility that includes the teens-only Loft. The Panadam will also boast the adult only Retreat - the resort style pool area that is soon being introduced on the Veendam. 
 
On the technical side, Signature Class ships will feature the latest state-of-the-art navigation and safety systems including dynamic positioning abilities to hold the ship in a precise position. The vessels will be powered by six diesel generators and propelled by the latest Azipod propulsion technology. The ship will also feature shore side power connection that is used in such ports as Seattle and Vancouver. 
 
“This new class of ships demonstrates the strength of our brand, the loyalty of our guests and the dedication of our more than 16,000 employees worldwide,” said Kruse. “The added capacity will provide greater opportunities for our guests and employees alike.”
 
Holland America has signed options for 3 further vessels to be delivered in 2015 – 2018.

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009, 12:09:07 PM »
 ;) April 1st

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2009, 05:45:04 PM »
;) April 1st

It is April 1st?

I didn't know that?

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009, 09:35:55 AM »
I was waiting....

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2009, 11:25:25 AM »
 :D
Bearing in mind last year's 1 April, so was I !

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2009, 02:44:26 PM »
 rofl

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2009, 11:50:36 AM »
Are you saying I am up to no good on April 1st?  >:D

I was sent this press release and just posted it like all the others I get (okay I don't post all press releases).

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2009, 04:42:29 PM »
 ::) Phyllis, he's been rumbled ! Check this out - just a passing similarity to a press release dating from last September !

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2009, 04:44:11 PM »
 rofl

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2009, 01:34:24 AM »
::) Phyllis, he's been rumbled ! Check this out - just a passing similarity to a press release dating from last September !

Last September?????

Hey your Good...... but are you a  :police :in your spare time.

I honestly had it sent to me and I posted it.

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Re: HOLLAND AMERICA LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNATURE CLASS SHIP MS PANADAM
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2009, 01:34:24 AM »