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When Holland America Line welcomes Nieuw Statendam to its fleet in December, the ship will showcase the evolution of design that was introduced with Koningsdam - the first Pinnacle Class ship. The new ship will have a contemporary interior that’s in perfect harmony with the line’s renowned classic elegance. From December 2018 until April 2019 the 2,666-passenger ship will explore the Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.  All Caribbean cruises include a day at Holland America Line’s idyllic island Half Moon Cay. Next spring, the ship will head to northern Europe and the Mediterranean.


Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, said: “Nieuw Statendam will join our fleet soon and guests are excitedly reserving their place to sail aboard this beautiful new ship during its inaugural season. Like its sister-ship Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam is all about fine details and thoughtful touches throughout the ship that create an ambiance of both elegance and style. From the public areas to the staterooms, Nieuw Statendam is going to be stunning and very popular with our guests.”

This impressive ship will showcase a dramatic three-deck-high central atrium graced by an airy stainless-steel sculpture crafted to emulate the feeling of being inside and surrounded by a musical instrument. Like music, the experience changes as guests move around and through it, so no two perspectives are the same. The atrium is capped by a ceiling skylight that serves as a backdrop for subtly changing high-definition projections. Guests will look up by day and see wispy cirrus clouds floating in an azure sky or perhaps soothing images of light in water. By evening, the atrium takes on dramatic lighting hues or reflects the starlit constellations of the night sky.


Endorsing the cruise line’s reputation for superb cuisine, the Dining Room aboard Nieuw Statendam will span two decks and be framed by views of the sea. A bright interior will be inspired by a modern design including strong, curved architectural pillars that will accentuate the soaring ceiling. Chic, custom furnishings and modern glass lighting are being fabricated especially for the ship. The centrepiece is a curved copper sheath surrounding a two-storey wine tower showcasing an impressive selection.


First introduced to great acclaim on Koningsdam, the intimate French brasserie - Rudi’s Sel De Mer is recreated with expanded seating for 54 guests. The restaurant retains its original curved shape and polished walnut wood accordion-inspired columns, while richly coloured decor creates a sense of sophistication and elegance. There will also be a Culinary Arts Center for state-of-the-art cookery demonstrations and classes. You can find out more about this exciting new Holland America Line ship by speaking to our team on 0800 484 0370.

  • 16th October 2018

Gary Buchanan

Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.