Holland America Line enjoyed a momentous occasion last week at the steel cutting ceremony for their brand new Pinnacle Class vessel. A significant moment in the timeline of any new ships construction, the first steel was cut for the as yet un-named ship, expected to arrive to the fleet in February 2016. The new ship will be 99,500 tons and will be the first of its kind in the new Holland America Pinnacle Class. The ship will instantly become the largest ever built for the cruise line and the steel cutting follows an extensive period of development for the ship that will feature a whole range of exciting new elements, innovations and facilities.
Stein Kruse, Holland America president and CEO, presided over the ceremony at Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. Kruse had this to say on the new 2,648 passenger ship:
“This is a proud day for Holland America Line as we officially begin construction on our new Pinnacle Class ship,” said Kruse. “We’re thrilled to be back at Fincantieri for such a milestone, and the next two years are going to be exciting as we unveil a host of new features that will be found onboard.”
“Construction of this new Pinnacle Class ship marks our second decade of building vessels for Holland America Line,” said Quintano. “Starting with ms Statendam in 1993, our relationship with Holland America Line has evolved even as cruise ships have evolved over the past 20 years.”
Fincantieri shipyard has a longstanding relationship with Holland America. The new ship will be the 15th vessel built for the cruise line by the Italian shipyard and is sure to be the grandest yet. The most recent ship for Holland America prior to this was ms Nieuw Amsterdam that was delivered in July 2010.
Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, which in more than 200 years of maritime history has built more than 7,000 vessels, building “Made in Italy” ships that stood out for their design, elegant interior furnishings and engineering solutions. It is a world leader in cruise ship construction and a reference player in other sectors, from naval vessels to cruise ferries, from mega-yachts to special high value-added vessels, ship repairs and conversions and offshore vessels. Headquartered in Trieste, the Group has a total of nearly 20,000 employees (8,100 in Italy alone), 21 shipyards in 3 continents and total revenues of Euro 4 billion.