Subtle elegance would be two words which could accurately sum up the passenger surroundings on Holland America Line’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam.

A sister ship to the MS Eurodam built in 2010, Nieuw Amsterdam was built in Italy and set sail on its maiden voyage in July 2010. Recently demoted to the second largest ship in the mid-size fleet carrying Holland America Line branding, behind the brand new MS Koningsdam, it caters to 2,106 passengers and 930 crew and spends its days in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the summer, you’ll find the ship cruising Alaskan itineraries from Vancouver before heading south and through the Panama Canal to reach Fort Lauderdale for the peak Caribbean winter season, where it takes guests to the Southern and Western Caribbean.

Onboard, passengers will find over US$3 million worth of artwork throughout the ship’s 11 decks, much of which focuses on native North Americans and their traditional dress, with lots of feathers and silk appearing in many sculptures. Like all HAL ships, a unique centrepiece in the atrium plays a central role, with Nieuw Amsterdam featuring a colour-changing upside-down chandelier made up of translucent blocks that apparently represents New York City.

Dining facilities onboard include the main two-storey Manhattan Dining Room, Lido Buffet and Bar and specialty outlets including Tamarind pan-Asian fusion, Canaletto Italian and the Holland America Line signature Pinnacle Grill steakhouse restaurant. A wide variety of bars are dotted throughout the ship, many of which feature their own entertainment offerings.

While in Vancouver, Cruise Advice was invited onboard for a look around.