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Keel Laying Ceremony Held for Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line celebrated the keel laying of its new 2,650-passenger ms Nieuw Statendam at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. A block was lowered by crane into the yard’s building dock, marking the official beginning of construction. The Pinnacle Class ship is scheduled for delivery in November 2018.



Nieuw Statendam is the second Pinnacle Class ship for Holland America Line, joining ms Koningsdam, which launched in April 2016. A recently announced third Pinnacle Class ship will set sail for the cruise line in 2021.

The 99,500-ton ship — the 15th in the fleet — will reflect the ongoing evolution of the company. While much of the ship will be designed similarly to Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam will have exclusive public spaces and its own style created by leading hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten.

This is the 16th ship constructed for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most recently built Koningsdam. The cruise line began its relationship with Fincantieri in 1992 with the building of ms Statendam.

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.

  • Stephen Chicurel-Stein

    Thanks to my grandparents, I have the original “daily program” and “passenger cabin list” of the Statendam that sailed in August, 1938 from Rotterdam to New York – in that manifest are the names of my grandparents, father and uncle – and it was Holland America and the Statendam that took my family to America, the last step in their fleeing persecution as Jews in Nazi Germany.

    I would very much like to share these documents with the corporate office – next year, when the “Nieuw Statendam” is launched will mark the 80th year since HAL helped save my family’s life 🙂

  • Captain Albert

    Dear Mr. Stephen Chicurel-Stein,
    My name is Capt. Albert Schoonderbeek and I am the company historian (please see also my blog Captain Alberts blog) I would be very happy to help you with achieving this. When it comes closer to date, I will be on the Nieuw Statendam as part of the newbuild team and maybe we can then make a topic of it. Please drop me a note on my blog or at closer to date.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Best regards

    Capt. Albert

  • Tracy Sewell

    What a wonderful story, Stephen! Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to sail on the Nieuw Statendam to commemorate this historic event. My husband and I will be sailing on her in February, and I will be sure to share your story with others on the ship.

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