Art and function seemed to blend in Nieuw Amsterdam. The product of Hollandís leading designers, decorators and naval architects, the interiors aboard seemed frankly keyed to their maritime setting and were unusually beautiful. 

The shipís public rooms were a repository for many fine expamples of modern Dutch art and handicrafts. Examples included the massive cast aluminum bas-relief suspended from the ceiling of the Grand Hall to the diminutive bronze mermaids that formed the doorhandles to the Smoking room bar. It seemed nothing was overlooked to furnish Nieuw Amsterdam with the very finest The Netherlands could produce. 

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