99,500-ton Pinnacle Class ship to launch in November 2018
Seattle, Wash., Dec. 7, 2017 —
In anticipation of the upcoming float-out of ms
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.
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.
"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."
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
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 December 21, 2017,
the ship will be fully floated out and move 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 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.
Fincantieri is one of the world's largest shipbuilding groups and number one by
diversification and innovation. It is a leader in cruise ship design and
construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry's
sectors from naval to offshore vessels; high-complexity special vessels and
ferries to mega-yachts; ship repairs and conversions; systems and components production;
and after-sales services.
Headquartered in Trieste, Italy, the group has built more than 7,000 vessels in
over 230 years of maritime history. With more than 19,400 employees -- 8,200 of
those in Italy – and 20 shipyards on four continents, Fincantieri is the
leading Western shipbuilder today. Its clients include major cruise operators,
the Italian and the U.S. Navy and several additional foreign navies. The group
is a partner of some of the main European defense companies within
supranational programs. More information can be found at fincantieri.com.
For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel professional,
call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
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Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:
CCL and CUK)]
America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400
ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From
shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven
continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America
circumnavigations, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages;
four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska,
Mexico, Canada and New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line
welcomed ms Koningsdam
in 2016 and has a second Pinnacle-class ship,
ms Nieuw Statendam, to
be delivered in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship, due for delivery in
2021, recently was announced.
The company is undergoing $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its
position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature
innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on
destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their
knowledge through an exclusive partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine; during
an America's Test Kitchen show; at Explorations Café presented by The New York
Times; and by taking a Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage,
Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can be
savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council, comprising world-famous chefs
who design dishes exclusively for our guests.