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Nieuw Statendam Celebrates Coin Ceremony at Fincantieri Shipyard

In anticipation of the upcoming float-out of Nieuw Statendam, Holland America Line held the ship’s coin ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Following Italian shipbuilding tradition, Anne Marie Bartels, a member of Holland America Line’s esteemed President’s Club, served as the ship’s Madrina and participated in the festivities.

The coins are welded to the hull. Two thumbs up!

The coins are welded to the hull. Two thumbs up!

During the coin ceremony, observed to bring good fortune, a Dutch guilder was welded to the forward mast of the ship by Bartels; Antonio Quintano, director of the Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard; and Keith Taylor, executive vice president, fleet operations for Holland America Group, followed by speeches and a blessing by the shipyard chaplain. Cyril Tatar, Holland America Group’s vice president of newbuilding services, also was in attendance. The Dutch Guilder brings sentiment and history to the newbuild — it is from 1898, the year Holland America Line’s first Statendam came into service.

"Madrina" Anne Marie Bartels and Antonio Quintano, director of the Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard, receive their own set of special Dutch Guilder.

“Madrina” Anne Marie Bartels and Antonio Quintano, director of the Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard, receive their own set of special Dutch Guilder.

“The coin ceremony is one of the most time-honored traditions in the building of a ship, and having Anne Marie, one of our most valued guests, serve as Madrina makes the celebration all the more special,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Nieuw Statendam reflects the next generation in our brand evolution while maintaining the classic hallmarks we are known for. By placing an authentic Dutch guilder in the hull from the year our first ship named Statendam came into service is a meaningful way to build that bridge from our past to our future.”

The Madrina received a lovely bouquet of flowers.

The Madrina received a lovely bouquet of flowers.

Bartels first sailed with Holland America Line on the s.s. Nieuw Amsterdam from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to New York, New York, when she was 21 years old. She has since been on 79 Holland America Line cruises, including 12 Grand Voyages. Bartels has more than 2,500 cruising days with the line, which gives her elite President’s Club status for guests with more than 2,500 days on board.

Keith Taylor, executive vice president, fleet operations for Holland America Group and "Madrina" Anne Marie Bartels.

Keith Taylor, executive vice president, fleet operations for Holland America Group and “Madrina” Anne Marie Bartels.

During the festivities, a drydock gate was opened briefly and water touched Nieuw Statendam’s hull for the first time — as is tradition during the coin ceremony. On Dec. 21, 2017, the ship will be fully floated out and moved to an outfitting pier.

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

The 99,500-ton ship will reflect the ongoing evolution of Holland America Line. While much of the ship’s design will be similar 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. The ship will carry 2,660 guests and feature all of the hallmarks of Pinnacle-class design: grand light-filled spaces; visual drama; and sumptuous interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments.

Holland America Group celebrating the ship's coin ceremony!

Holland America Group celebrating the ship’s coin ceremony!

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.

13 Comments
  • PatriciaB

    Wonderful post detailing a momentous occasion!

  • Peter Maaskant

    Hope HAL will decide to have this ship’s christening ceremony in Rotterdam, Holland and will not forget about the history of HAL. It happens too much…..

  • Mary S.

    Love this tradition! Fun photos, love the “orange” inspired Madrina outfit, great post!

  • Clive

    lets have some updates how the interior etc is doing

  • Fawn Palmer

    Love the gorgeous orange outfit the Madrina wore, historic Dutch guilder, and significance of the ceremony. Blessings and good fortune to all.????

  • Paul Mollema

    This year on 5 december I shall be on this ship for her first cruise from civitavecchia to fort lauderdale.

  • Richard Honeysett

    Love HAL… received our medallion last year… “100”

  • William Kearns

    Our first HAL cruise was to Alaska on the Statendam. Did the Statendam again through the Panama Canal. Sailed with the Koningsdam on its christening cruise. Looking forward to experiencing the Nieuw Statendam.

  • Pieter Ketelaar

    As the son of a former Captain of the Holland America Line I am glad to see the name Statendam continue to be used. I do not like Nieuw Statendam because to me it breaks the ongoing line of vessels bearing the traditional name. However that being said I look forward to sailing on her in the not too distant future.

  • l van andel

    pity not seeing the chaplain “at work”.
    LvA deacon

  • Dick Breeman

    Indeed let’s hope the christening of the m/s Statendam wil take place in the port of Rotterdam again. However, with the latest US Tax reforms signed by mr. D.T. I wouldn’t be surprised that HAL might be considering reflagging their entire fleet back to the States. Keep fingers crossed . Nevertheless, this would be pity if this might happen

  • Allan Mantel

    They talk about tradition but have changed the HAL logo on the funnel. Why was the old sailing ship removed from the logo?

  • Julie

    Allan, in January 2016 Holland America Line underwent a brand refresh that still honors its history while looking to the future.The updated blue and white logo is still classic, but simpler and forward looking. It continues to feature the company’s timeless oval around a Holland America Line ship, with the bold blue hullthat guests associate with the brand purposefully breaking out of the oval plane.

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