Holland America Line has taken delivery of Nieuw Statendam – the 15th ship in its fleet.
A hand-over ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera, Italy, shipyard and Nieuw Statendam will set sail for Venice en route to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, for a voyage with guests departing 5 December.
The delivery was attended by Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford, Carnival Corporation chairman of the board Micky Arison, president and chief executive Arnold Donald and Holland America Group and Carnival UK chief executive Stein Kruse. Fincantieri chief executive Giuseppe Bono and several other executives from both companies also attended.
Mr Ashford said “Today the Holland America Line family celebrates the addition of Nieuw Statendam to our fleet, and it’s a proud moment for everyone involved. Thank you to our partners at Fincantieri and our own team members who worked diligently to deliver the ship [which looks] more stunning than we imagined. Nieuw Statendam represents our continued evolution of adding exciting new experiences while maintaining the hallmarks that have made Holland America Line a leader in premium cruising.”
The 99,902-tonne vessel accommodates 2,666 guests and features purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travellers among its 1,377 guest accommodations.
While much of the ship’s design will be similar to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle-class ship, Nieuw Statendam will have exclusive public spaces and its own style created by hospitality designer Adam D Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten. A statement explained that the ship “will feature grand, light-filled spaces, visual drama and sumptuous interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments.”