Coin ceremony for Nieuw Statendam

HOLLAND America Line's latest ship Nieuw Statendam has moved a step closer to completion with a coin ceremony held at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Italy yesterday. A member of Holland America Line's President's Club, Anne Marie Bartels, was chosen to help weld a Dutch guilder to the mast of the ship as a token of good fortune, using a coin minted in 1898 - the year Holland American Line's first Statendam came into service. "The coin ceremony is one of the most time-honoured traditions in the building of a ship, and ...
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