New Pinnacle Class ship
embodies the company's ongoing evolution and
launches new onboard programming
Wash., Nov. 29, 2018 — Holland America Line took delivery of Nieuw Statendam today, Nov. 29, 2018, officially making it the 15th ship in the fleet. A hand-over
ceremony took place at Fincantieri's Marghera, Italy, shipyard, and Nieuw Statendam will set sail for Venice
tomorrow en route to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, for its Premiere Voyage with
guests departing Dec. 5.
The delivery was attended by Orlando Ashford, Holland America
Line's president; Carnival Corporation's Micky Arison, chairman of the board,
and Arnold Donald, president and CEO; and Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of
Holland America Group and Carnival UK. Giuseppe
Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, and several other
executives from both companies also attended.
"Today the Holland America
Line family celebrates the addition of Nieuw
Statendam to our fleet, and it's a proud moment for everyone involved,"
said Ashford. "Thank you to our partners at Fincantieri and our own team members
who worked diligently to deliver the ship looking 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."
transatlantic crossing from Civitavecchia, Nieuw
Statendam will spend a full season in the Caribbean sailing roundtrip from
Fort Lauderdale. Nieuw Statendam's official naming ceremony will take
place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Feb. 2.
The ship will head to its
summer homeport of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in May and sail a series of
northern Europe, Baltic and Iceland cruises before making its way to the Mediterranean
in September for cruises out of Civitavecchia.
The 99,902-ton vessel
accommodates 2,666 guests and is the ultimate expression of the Holland America
Line brand. The ship features purpose-built staterooms for families and solo
travelers 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 leading hospitality designer Adam D.
Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten. The ship will feature grand,
light-filled spaces, visual drama and sumptuous interiors inspired by the fluid
curves of musical instruments.
In addition to the stunning
Dining Room, guests will delight in specialty restaurants that include newly
designed Rudi's Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie; pan-Asian Tamarind, with
a new al fresco dining area where guests can enjoy the gentle ocean breeze;
Nami Sushi, a new sushi experience within Tamarind; the award-winning Pinnacle
Grill; Canaletto, with family-style Italian dining; and the new Club Orange
restaurant exclusively for guests in the Club Orange program.
Additional culinary venues
include Grand Dutch Cafe featuring traditional Dutch coffee and treats and
European beer; Dive-In, serving up gourmet burgers and fries poolside; New York
Deli & Pizza, offering made-to-order sandwiches and pies; and Lido Market,
with themed serving stations that revolutionize the buffet experience.
entertainment features the innovative Music Walk offering a variety of authentic
live musical experiences and genres unlike any other at sea. These include the debut of the new
Rolling Stone Rock Room with classic rock hits; Lincoln Center Stage, with
chamber music; Billboard Onboard, with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B.
King's Blues Club, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the
270-degree LED projection at World Stage and expanded seating on Nieuw Statendam, even more guests will
enjoy spectacular performances with panoramic visuals and sound effects.
For more information about
Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425)
or visit hollandamerica.com.
Editor's note: Photos are available at https://www.cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/ihhxw3mn.
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About Holland America Line [a division of
Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL
Holland America Line's fleet
of 15 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,
EXC In-Depth Voyages, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia & New Zealand and
Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean,
Alaska, Mexico, Canada & New England, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line
welcomed Nieuw Statendam in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship will be
delivered in 2021.
The company's brand evolution in recent years secured 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 exclusive
partnerships with O, The Oprah Magazine and America's Test Kitchen and at
unique BBC Earth live music and on-screen experiences. Outstanding
entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B.
King's Blues Club, Rolling Stone Rock Room and Billboard Onboard. 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 guests.