The float-out ceremony for Nieuw Statendam was recently held at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. The float out is considered a significant milestone in the construction of a new ship. As the dock began to fill, a bucket was lowered into the water and some of the first water to touch the ship’s hull was captured and preserved in a crystal bottle and presented to the captain.
About Nieuw Statendam
The 99,500-ton ship is due for delivery Dec. 1, 2018, and will reflect the ongoing evolution of the Holland America Line experience. While much of the ship’s design will be similar to 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.