Amsterdam - Patriot - Thomson Spirit
- This page shows postcards and
photographs of the Holland America ship Nieuw Amsterdam, which later served as Patriot and Thomson Spirit.
- Nieuw Amsterdam was built in 1984 by Chantiers
de l'Atlantique in St Nazaire for Holland America Line, subsequently
part of Carnival Cruises since 1989. Her sistership Noordam
was introduced the same year. She was sold in 2000 to American
Classic Voyages as the
Patriot to start a new cruise line using
the historic name of United States Lines. This line folded in
2001 following the September 11th terrorist attacks. Patriot was chartered by Thomson Cruises
from 2003 as the
sistership Noordam joined the Thomson Cruises fleet in
- Ship Names on this Page:-
- postcards of Nieuw Amsterdam (1984-2000)
- Patriot - postcards of Patriot
- Patriot - photographs of Patriot
- postcards & photographs of Thomson Spirit (2003- )
- Associated Pages:-
- the Year 2000 cruise line, not the transatlantic line
- Simplon Postcards
America Line: 1984-2000)
Simplon Postcards release sp2075 of Nieuw Amsterdam.
Harold Jordan's Chantry Classics postcard CC/S354 of
the Nieuw Amsterdam.
© Marvin Jensen.
postcards of Nieuw Amsterdam will be added.
free-issue postcard of Patriot available on board. Follow
postcard of Patriot is available for sale on board.
- The following photographs
were taken by Marvin Jensen as Patriot arrived at San
Francisco on Saturday December 2nd, 2000.
- Marv writes:-
Saturday afternoon saw sunny skies as the first newly flagged
American passenger liner since 1958 sailed under the Golden Gate
Bridge and entered San Francisco Bay. The City has seen this
ship sail under the Golden Gate Bridge many times as the Holland
America's "Nieuw Amsterdam" but this was the inaugural
visit as the "Patriot" sailing for the revived United
States Line name. Her newly painted blue hull and new funnel
logo glistened in the sun as she sailed past numerous sail boats
and headed towards the cruise terminal at Pier 35.
- The visit
was short as the Patriot left in the evening with her first passengers
and began a Pacific crossing to Honolulu where she will be home
ported for seven day cruises around the Hawaiian Islands. The
newly decorated interiors have been tastefully done and retain
the formal atmosphere so familiar when she sailed for Holland
America. Because of United States and Hawaii laws the casino
has been removed and the area completely redesigned to accommodate
a Destination Learning Center, a comfortable meeting room, a
computer centre with Internet connections, a Lanai, and the new
Waikiki Beachboy's Club. All is tastefully done in pastel shades.
- The "Patriot"
can carry 1,212 passengers is 704 feet long and 33,930 gross
tons. This ship is a nice addition to the growing Hawaii cruising
market and will complement the existing "Independence"
which has been repositioned to Maui.
Patriot arriving at San Francisco
© Marvin Jensen, December 2nd 2000.
following photographs were taken by Marvin Jensen during a Hawaiian
cruise on Patriot in January 2001.
© Marvin Jensen, January 2001.
Cruises: 2003- )
not have a postcard of Thomson Spirit.
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is an advance publicity picture of Thomson Spirit.
Thomson Spirit in the Canary Islands
© Clive Curry, Canary Islands, April 2005.
© Mary Bland.
Photo supplied by Joyce
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Thomson Spirit at Gruz (port of
Dubrovnik)These images link to larger
copies - Photo: ©Ian Boyle, 13th October 2010
Thomson Spirit at CreteThese
images link to larger copies - Photo: ©David Pennock, 4th
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