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Steel yourselves ... Construction begins on Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone this week as the first steel was cut for ms Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018.

The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Sicily, and the block being built there will later be moved to the Marghera yard where the ship will be built.

From start - the cutting of the first steel (above) - to finish - how the Nieuw Statendam will look on completion (below)

The 99,500-ton Nieuw Statendam, the 15th ship in the fleet, is the second Pinnacle Class vessel for Holland America Line, joining sister-ship ms Koningsdam that sailed its first cruise in April 2016.

The steel cutting follows a period of design and development for the 2,650-guest ship that will feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations.

Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president, said: “This is an exciting time for Holland America Line, and Nieuw Statendam’s steel cutting is a milestone that signifies our continued growth and evolution as a company and a brand.

“With Pinnacle Class we have been able to try new things, expand our horizons and push boundaries, and while Nieuw Statendam is a sister to Koningsdam, we do have some new ideas that will be revealed in time.”

Holland America Line:, 0843 374 2300

Posted on 15th July 2016 at 10:04 am in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Holland America Line |

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