American Classic Voyages Co. has contracted with Holland America Line to acquire the 1,214-passenger Nieuw Amsterdam. The ship is scheduled to be delivered to AMCV next October.
The company has also contracted for two 1,900-passenger, 72,000 GRT cruise ships.
These vessels will be built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Litton Ship Systems, in Pascagoula, Miss., and are the first major, ocean-going passenger ships to be built in the United States in more than 40 years. The first of the Project America new buildings is planned to enter service in winter 2003; one year later the second vessel will enter service. Coupled with the ship now being acquired from Holland America Line, the United States Lines fleet will grow to three ships and more than 5,000 berths during the next four years.
More information: American Classic Voyages Co.