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Next Holland America Line Pinnacle-Class Ship to be Named ms Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line announced today that the name of the next Pinnacle Class ship set for delivery in fall 2018 will be ms Nieuw Statendam.

Honoring the company’s past while keeping its eyes on the future, Nieuw Statendam will be the sixth ship in Holland America Line’s history to bear the name Statendam. It will be built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, and construction will begin this summer.

Like sister-ship ms Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam represents a new class of ship for the cruise line. Carrying 2,650 guests, the 99,500-gross-ton ship will feature several of the innovative venues that were introduced on Koningsdam as well as new concepts that will debut on the newbuild.

“Holland America Line is writing the next chapter in our evolving story, yet we are a company with a deep history, and the name ms Nieuw Statendam perfectly blends our past, present and future,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “The previous Statendam ships have been among the most beloved in our history, and we eagerly anticipate sharing this beautiful new ship with our guests in 2018.”

Renowned hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany’s designs will be featured on Nieuw Statendam, bringing his unique vision to this latest vessel as he did with Koningsdam. Also, several public areas will be designed by Bjorn Storbraaten, who successfully worked with Holland America Line on Koningsdam, ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam in designing the ship’s public rooms.

The History of the Statendam Ships

The first Statendam launched in 1898 and was just 10,491 gross tons. It served the fleet until 1911. The second Statendam was built in the 1910s for Holland America Line but was sold to White Star Line as Justicia before it entered service. The next Statendam served the line from 1929 until 1940, when it was scrapped after a fire.

From left, Statendam I, II and III. Photos from HALpostcards.com and Captain Albert.

From left, Statendam I, II and III. Photos from HALpostcards.com and Captain Albert.

The fourth Statendam launched in 1957 and was christened by an 18-year-old Dutch Crown Princess Beatrix, who would later become Queen and name Eurodam as well. On Jan. 7, 1958, the ship departed on a 110-day World Cruise, the first for Holland America Line. Statendam remained in the fleet until 1982, when it was sold to Paquet Cruises. The fifth ship to carry the Statendam name launched in 1993 and served the line until 2015, when it was transferred to sister cruise line P&O Cruises Australia, where it sails today as Pacific Eden.

Statendam IV, courtest of World Ship Society, and Statendam V.

Statendam IV, courtesy of World Ship Society, and Statendam V.

What do you think of the name Nieuw Statendam? Tell us below!

55 Comments
  • Eugenia

    Date of the maiden voyage. Has bookings started?

  • Lorna B.Stewart

    Need a HAL Carib cruise for a single sailor without a 100% additional supplement.. Love a veranda cabin, but extra charge makes it prohibitive. Almost feels like we are being punished for being a single traveller. Love my HAL.. Looking forward to a 2018 Carib cruise.. Have been ill of late, and this has been my lifeline!!!!!
    Thank You,
    Lorna B. Stewart

  • alberdien koopman

    My family lived in Canada and did sail the STATENDAM coming over for vacation . I did sail the Koningsdam and other ships HAL looking foward for the next trip in MAY

  • Julie

    Dec. 5, 2018, and yes, bookings are open for the whole first season! Join us!

  • Henk van der Linden

    ms Statendam (VI) is the real name, we already have more strange names like
    Eurodam and Koningsdam please name as it always was Statendam greeting to Stein.

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