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Nieuw Statendam Touches Water for the First Time at Float Out

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.

Nieuw Statendam

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.

12 Comments
  • Paul Katz

    I’m doing the roll call for the Dec. 5th Premier Voyage and would like to know the proposed officers.

    Thank you

  • Julie

    Hi Paul, nothing has been announced at this time. Stay tuned!

  • Tim Bowman

    We’re looking forward to sailing the inaugural cruise on the Nieuw Statendam. We sailed the last cruise on the previous Statendam to Singapore. We also sailed the Christening cruise on the Koningsdam. All were great times.

  • Patty

    Looking forward to sailing on her premier cruise on Dec 5. Already booked. Flights were booked today. Does HAL recommend any hotels in Rome prior to this cruise? Loved her sister ship.

  • Julie

    Hi Patty, wonderful news! We look forward to having you. Please contact HAL reservations at 877–932–4259 or your travel agent for hotel recommendations.

  • Grant

    Has a roll call been set up yet for Dec 5 Inaugeral sailing ⛵️ looking forward to seeing every one

  • Julie

    Not yet, but check back soon!

  • Catherine Dekorte

    We are looking forward to the inaugural cruise this December! My parents enjoyed over 40 HAL cruises including two world voyages. Their first one was aboard the Statendam in 1972 sailing out of NYC. This is not our first HAL cruise nevertheless, we are set to carry on the tradition!

  • Lisa Black

    I’m very excited about Nieuw Statendam’s floatout, and will be sailing with her in March 2019! When can I join the roll call for the 14 day Caribbean sailing on March 24th, 2019?

  • Julie

    Hi Lisa, the Roll Call for 2019 is yet to be determined. Please stay tuned!

  • Hall COONS

    When will the NIEUW AMSTERDAM undergo her sea trials ?

  • Julie

    August, so stay tuned!

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