"Queen of Country" Names Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic was officially named last Friday in New York by the sometimes-called "Queen of Country" (country music that is) Reba McEntire, Oklahoma-born daughter of a steer roper and successful country singer and television actress. NCL ceo Kevin Sheehan first met Ms McEntire in another NCL ship and discovered that she was a regular customer before choosing her for Friday’s ceremony in New York City (itself known as Nieuw Amsterdam between 1609 and 1674). On Independence Day, the Epic also hosted Macy’s 34th Fourth of July fireworks display.
As an interesting aside, both Norwegian Epic and Nieuw Amsterdam, which was christened in Venice, come with a Manhattan dining room.
Princess Maxima Names Nieuw Amsterdam
Nieuw Amsterdam, latest 2,106-berth addition to the Holland America fleet (and its 15th) was christened in Venice by Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima. As part of the ceremony, a captain from each of the line’s fifteen ships arrived by his own vaporetto in preparation for greeting the princess. This Nieuw Amsterdam, the fourth of the name, is the 11th Holland America ship to be christened by a member of the Dutch royal family. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix named sister ship Eurodam in 2008. Princess Maxima herself is married to Prince Willem Alexander, heir apparent to the Dutch throne, and could therefore one day be Queen of the Netherlands.
The fact that both new ships have a Manhattan restaurant will ensure that at least one remains. The other is on the Celebrity Mercury, which is to become Mein Schiff 2 next year.
by Mark Tre