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News Release: First Steel Cut for Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam

First Steel Cut for Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam

Construction begins on second Pinnacle Class ship due for delivery in November 2018

Seattle, Wash., July 12, 2016 — Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone today as the first steel was cut for ms Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018. The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and the block being built there will later be moved to the Marghera yard where the ship will be constructed. Holland America Group’s Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations Keith Taylor was at the yard for the event.

The 99,500-ton ship — the 15th in the fleet — is the second Pinnacle Class vessel for Holland America Line, joining sister-ship ms Koningsdam that sailed its first cruise in April 2016. The steel cutting follows a period of design and development for the 2,650-guest ship that will feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations.

“This is an exciting time for Holland America Line, and Nieuw Statendam’s steel cutting is a milestone that signifies our continued growth and evolution as a company and a brand,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “With Pinnacle Class we have been able to try new things, expand our horizons and push boundaries, and while Nieuw Statendam is a sister to Koningsdam, we do have some new ideas that will be revealed in time.”

This is the 16th ship built for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most recently constructed Koningsdam.

About Fincantieri
Since the early 1900s Fincantieri’s two shipbuilding centers of Genoa and Trieste were world unrivaled players, building “Made in Italy” ships that stood out for their design, elegant interior furnishings and engineering solutions. Fincantieri serves all the sectors of the cruise market with a wide range of vessels that includes postpanamax and panamax ships as well as medium-small super luxury vessels or ships for special voyage types.

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Editor’s note: Photos from the steel cutting are available at

1 Comment
  • Catherine Russell

    As a 4 star mariner and an Inagural voyage cruiser of the Koningsdam, we await the informationon of the Christining voyage of the Niew Statendam. The Statendam was the first Holland America ship we cruised on, when we did a WW11 commenorative cruise from Auckland, NZ to Kobe, Japan.

    Please keep us informed of the ships progress and date of first sailings.

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