Holland America Line officially took delivery of Nieuw Statendam on 29 November 2018, making her the 15th ship in the fleet.
Nieuw Statendam accommodates 2,666 guests and the ship’s design will be similar to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship. Nieuw Statendam has exclusive public spaces and its own style created by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten. Grand, light-filled spaces, visual drama and interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments feature throughout the ship.
Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president; Carnival Corporation’s Micky Arison, chairman of the board, and Arnold Donald, president and CEO; and Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of Holland America Group and Carnival UK were among those who attended the delivery of Nieuw Statendam.
Speaking at the ceremony, Orlando Ashford said:
Today the Holland America Line family celebrates the addition of Nieuw Statendam to our fleet, and it’s a proud moment for everyone involved. Thank you to our partners at Fincantieri and our own team members who worked diligently to deliver the ship looking more stunning than we imagined. Nieuw Statendam represents our continued evolution of adding exciting new experiences while maintaining the hallmarks that have made Holland America Line a leader in premium cruising.
Following its transatlantic crossing from Civitavecchia, Nieuw Statendam will spend a full season in the Caribbean sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
Her summer homeport will be Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in May where she will sail a series of northern Europe, Baltic and Iceland cruises before heading for the Mediterranean in September for cruises out of Civitavecchia.
Nieuw Statendam’s official naming ceremony will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2 Feb 2019.