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Welcome to the Fleet! Holland America Line Takes Delivery of Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line took delivery of Nieuw Statendam yesterday, officially making it the 15th ship in the fleet. A hand-over ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera, Italy, shipyard, and Nieuw Statendam will set sail for Venice today en route to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, for its Premiere Voyage with guests departing Dec. 5.

The delivery 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; and Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of Holland America Group and Carnival UK. Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, and several other executives from both companies also attended.

“Today the Holland America Line family celebrates the addition of Nieuw Statendam to our fleet, and it’s a proud moment for everyone involved,” said Ashford. “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. Nieuw Statendam’s official naming ceremony will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Feb. 2.

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 99,902-ton vessel accommodates 2,666 guests and is the ultimate expression of the Holland America Line brand. The ship features purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travelers 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. The ship will feature grand, light-filled spaces, visual drama and sumptuous interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments.

In addition to the stunning Dining Room, guests will delight in specialty restaurants that include newly designed Rudi’s Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie; pan-Asian Tamarind, with a new al fresco dining area where guests can enjoy the gentle ocean breeze; Nami Sushi, a new sushi experience within Tamarind; the award-winning Pinnacle Grill; Canaletto, with family-style Italian dining; and the new Club Orange restaurant exclusively for guests in the Club Orange program.

Additional culinary venues include Grand Dutch Cafe featuring traditional Dutch coffee and treats and European beer; Dive-In, serving up gourmet burgers and fries poolside; New York Deli & Pizza, offering made-to-order sandwiches and pies; and Lido Market, with themed serving stations that revolutionize the buffet experience.

Onboard entertainment features the innovative Music Walk offering a variety of authentic live musical experiences and genres unlike any other at sea. These include the debut of the new Rolling Stone Rock Room with classic rock hits; Lincoln Center Stage, with chamber music; Billboard Onboard, with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED projection at World Stage and expanded seating on Nieuw Statendam, even more guests will enjoy spectacular performances with panoramic visuals and sound effects.

  • Tim Bowman

    We look forward to boarding the Nieuw Statendam on Wednesday, 12/5 for 18 days. It’s been terrific following the construction progress through Captain Albert’s blog.

  • Donna Stout

    Have reservations on this ship in February. Can’t wIt!

  • Donna Stout

    Have reservations on this ship in February. Can’t wait!

  • jlouis bochacki

    bravo pour ce navire exceptionnel qui va rendre des milliers de gens heureux a travers toutes les
    mers du monde.
    Début février sera aussi l’anniversaire de ma femme et nous serons en Tasmanie sur le Noordam.
    Laissez moi vous souhaiter des millions de jours de navigations sereines pour le magnifique
    Nieuw Statendam et de féliciter l’heureux capitaine pour ce doux moment.

    jean louis bochacki (un ancien du bureau océanographique de Toulon)

  • Andrew O'Ball

    Booked on the Nieuw Statendam January 2019. A birthday surprise for my partner. Looking forward to leaving the cold and snow in Canada to enjoy the sun, sea and sand on our 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Counting the days. Literally less than a month now!

  • Louis Fein

    Cannot wait for my crossing the Atlantic on the Nieuw Stendam on April 21 , 2019

  • Gail Farrall

    Just returned from TA cruise on Nieuw Statendam. Beautiful ship just like it’s sister Koningsdam. Spent a wonderful 14 days with the greatest staff and crew. Truly a great asset. My biggest disappointment was smoking is allowed in casino. Not great with the low ceiling etc. Only 2 smoke free days were offered. When walking through casino to World stage there were people sitting at a machine barely playing and friend standing smoking and watching. This saved them walking to the back deck. I was glad I was able to speak my mind personally to the President, Orlando Ashford. Commented sure hope they do the right thing when the next ship comes out. Really surprises me that HAL has not taken the route that other cruise lines have taken regarding this issue. Think in this day and age there are less smokers around and the smokers have gotten used to having to be in designated areas. Second hand smoke is not a good thing. Now I am a little concerned re trip 2020 on Oosterdam.

  • David Peikin

    Greatly enjoying the first 7-day cruise on this beautiful new ship. Great crew and food was top-notch – blows away Celebrity.

    Only complaint is the pervasive cigarette smoke permeating the casino. Feel really bad for the casino staff that have to deal with all the secondhand smoke from the people who are aimlessly puffing away as they fritter their time away on the slot machines.

    Holland America shoukd be ashamed. Reminds me of being in Trump’s Taj Mahal in 1989 – just at sea!!!!

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