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Bookings Open for Nieuw Statendam’s Premiere Voyage & Inaugural Season of Caribbean Cruises

Bookings are open for the Premiere Voyage and 2018-19 inaugural Caribbean cruise season of Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam. Due for delivery Dec. 1, 2018, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet currently is under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.

When Nieuw Statendam departs the yard, it will be delivered in Venice, Italy, Dec. 1. After arriving at Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, Nieuw Statendam departs Dec. 5 on its Premiere Voyage with guests — a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship will then spend the winter season cruising roundtrip from the South Florida port on seven-day Caribbean itineraries, with select three-, four- and 10-day options.

“Every milestone we reach with Nieuw Statendam brings us closer to delivery, and opening for bookings in the inaugural season is an exciting step as we officially give guests the opportunity to start planning their vacations on this beautiful new ship,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “The crossing is a great chance for guests to really get to know the ship and explore every corner during the sea days, and the Caribbean season is a perfect blend of ports that highlight the beauty, diversity and relaxed ambiance of that region.”

Premiere Voyage Repositions to Caribbean Winter Home Port
When Nieuw Statendam departs Civitavecchia Dec. 5 on its Premiere Voyage, it will spend 14 days crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Fort Lauderdale. After leaving Italy, the ship will call at Cartagena and Málaga, Spain, and Funchal, Madeira, before spending seven days at sea where guests can experience all the newbuild’s amenities. Guests will enjoy an overnight call at Fort Lauderdale before leaving the ship Dec. 19.

Nieuw Statendam to Offer a Variety of Caribbean Cruises in Winter/Spring 2018-19
From December 2018 through April 2019, Nieuw Statendam will spend its inaugural season exploring the golden beaches and sun-kissed skies of the Caribbean on roundtrip Fort Lauderdale cruises. All Caribbean itineraries include a call at Half Moon Cay, the line’s award-winning private Bahamian island known for its pristine landscapes, exciting shore excursions, exclusive beach cabanas and child-friendly activities.

Nieuw Statendam’s first Caribbean cruise is a four-day itinerary that calls at Half Moon Cay and Key West, Florida, departing Dec. 19. The ship then embarks on a series of seven-day sailings, including a Dec. 23 Holiday cruise that calls at Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay. A Dec. 30, 2018, New Year’s cruise departure calls at Half Moon Cay; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. A similar Jan. 6 cruise replaces Ocho Rios with Montego Bay, Jamaica. The ship then sets sail Jan. 13 on a seven-day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Charlotte Amalie and Half Moon Cay.

Guests looking for an extended Caribbean adventure on Nieuw Statendam can depart Jan. 20 on a 10-day cruise to the ABC Islands with calls at Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curaçao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.

For a quick get-away, a three-day cruise departs roundtrip Fort Lauderdale Jan. 30 and includes a call at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

For the remainder of the season, the ship will feature western and eastern Caribbean itineraries: the first calls at Half Moon Cay, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, while the second features calls at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay — with the March 17 departure swapping Amber Cove for Grand Turk.

About Nieuw Statendam
The 99,500-ton ship will reflect the ongoing evolution of the Holland America Line experience. While much of the ship’s design will be similar to ms Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, Nieuw Statendam will carry 2,666 guests and have exclusive public spaces and its own style created by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten.

Holland America Line’s first ship to be called Statendam sailed in 1898, and this will be the sixth ship in the company’s history to carry the name. In combining the Dutch word for “new” with the classic Statendam, Holland America Line is celebrating the company’s past, present and future.

  • Lin Leivian

    I’d like to know where the niece statesman is going after the carribean.Will it go through the Panama canal

  • Julie

    Stay tuned! Nothing has been announced beyond its Caribbean season.

  • Ronald H Andrus

    i cruised the koningsdam from italy to ft lauderdale on the first visit to america. i would like to consider the same with niew statendam when she comes here. can you give me any particulars about trip? cost for staterooms, any information that will help me to decide on the trip. or when will all this information be available online?
    thank you
    4 star mariner

  • Ronald H Andrus

    when the ship is deliveed in Venice ,, will it take on guests from that point or will it leave with no guests?

  • Julie

    Hi Ronald! It will cruise to Civitavecchia without guests and embark for the first cruise there.

  • Julie

    Hi Ronald, all bookings are open so this information is online at If you are in the U.S., please call HAL reservations at 877-932-4259 for assistance.

  • Martha Andjulis

    Julie, we sailed in the Koningsdam May,2016, for the christening cruise from Rome to Amsterdam and again in March,2017, Fort Lauderdale. We would like the port and date of the Nieuw Amsterdam christening cruise.

  • Chuck

    A library limited to a small area and to travel books is not something that I am interested in. (I am on the Amstèrdam right now) What will the library be like on this new ship?

  • Rob Wigleven

    When and where is the christening of the Nieuw Statendam and by who?

  • Julie

    Stay tuned!

  • Deke Lesemann

    Already booked and ready to go. Can’t wait.

  • anneke prins

    I also would like to know where the ship will be Christened.


  • Julie

    We have not released details just yet. Stay tuned!

  • Deborah Teeboon

    Wahooo our booking is confirmed for Sept/Oct 2019 to cruise Mediterranean on the Mieuw Statendam so excited!!!

  • Diane Rullo

    Has the christening been confirmed yet, date, place, time

  • Julie

    Details are still coming.

  • Clive

    wife and I booked while onboard another HAL cruise..

  • Billie Jo Kaufman

    Details about christening? We loved being on the Koningsdam for all of the amazing activities

  • Julie

    Details are to come, so stay tuned!

  • Rosemary

    We are booked for 34 day Mediterranean/transAtlantic fall of 2019 on NS. We are seriously considering canceling because it looks like HAL has removed all dancing venues except for B.B. King which plays very repetitive music styles. We ballroom/swing/Latin dance and enjoyed dancing in the lounges/atrium to small combos. Now all I see are music venues where you have to just sit and listen to music. Boring.

  • Julie

    Hi Rosemary, ballroom dancing currently is only on crossings at the moment.

  • tim miller

    I would like to book a cruise which has ballroom dance opportunities. How about your caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale?

  • Julie

    Hi Tim, we do have dancing, but we don’t have ballroom dance instruction. There is dancing in the B.B. Kings/Lincoln Center Stage room.

  • bob Kuhlman

    why did holland America do away with the culinary arts program. It was a reason to book on the line. the orange club does not move me.

  • Julie

    Hi Bob, we still have a full Culinary Arts Program! For this ship, it’s moved to the main stage. But still great cooking demos and shows. Most of the other ships have a purpose-built test kitchen. This ship it’s mobile.

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