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Next step in Holland America Line evolution as Nieuw Statendam heads for maiden season in Caribbean

It is 120 years since the very first Statendam set sail for Holland America Line. Now Nieuw Statendam, the seventh ship to bear the name, is heading from Venice to Rome, and ultimately Fort Lauderdale for her maiden season in the Caribbean.

Holland America took delivery of the 100,000-ton ship - the 15th in the fleet - at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy on Thursday (29 November), and once in Civitavecchia preparations will begin for her transatlantic Premiere Voyage on 5 December.

Nieuw Statendam
Nieuw Statendam prepares to leave the Fincantieri shipyard

The hand-over was attended by Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president; Carnival Corporation’s Micky Arison, chairman of the board, and Arnold Donald, president and CEO. 

Holland America Line’s first ship to be called Statendam sailed in 1898, and in combining the Dutch word for “new” with the classic “Statendam”, it is celebrating past, present and future.

orlando_ashfordAshford, pictured left at the hand-over, said: “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, the ship will spend a full season in the Caribbean sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Nieuw Statendam’s official christening by chat show celebrity Oprah Winfrey will take place in Fort Lauderdale on 2 February.

The ship will head to its summer homeport of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in May and sail a series of northern Europe, Baltic, and Iceland cruises before making its way to the Mediterranean in September for cruises out of Civitavecchia.

The vessel accommodates 2,666 guests and features purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travellers among its 1,377 guest accommodations.

While much of the ship’s design will be similar to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, Nieuw Statendam will have exclusive public spaces and its own style created by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten.

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Posted on 1st December 2018 at 05:21 pm in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Holland America Line |

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