HAL Details Delivery of New Ships

Holland America Line (HAL) announced a revised delivery schedule of ships from Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.

As previously announced, the first of the vessels, Holland America Line's 951-ft.

(289,8-m) 1,848 passenger ms Zuiderdam will be delivered Nov. 15, 2002 and sail on its maiden voyage Dec. 14, 2002, on a seven-day Caribbean cruise from Ft. Lauderdale.

Holland America Line's new ms Oosterdam, is scheduled for delivery in June 2003; two other vessels, currently unnamed, are scheduled for delivery to Holland America Line in April 2004 and October 2005 — a fifth ship, a newbuild option, if exercised, will be delivered in May 2006. A vessel delivery time previously planned for HAL in January 2005 will be assigned to a sister company. Cunard Line. At 85,000 tons, HAL's "Project Vista" series of premium ships are the largest ever built for the company, and feature innovative exterior elevators. Located on both sides of the vessel and vertically transversing 10 decks, the elevators provide passengers with panoramic sea views. In addition to its Azipod propulsion system, the vessels' propulsion includes a full-scale diesel-electric power plant, backed up by a gas turbine as an additional power source, giving the vessel the capability to operate on either diesel or gas turbine power. The ships also will use the A/ipod propulsion system.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Jan 2002

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