MS Nieuw Statendam Cruise Ship, United States of America
MS Nieuw Statendam is Holland America Line (HAL)'s second Pinnacle-class ship being built by Fincantieri at Marghera shipyard, Italy. HAL is a brand owned by Carnival Corporation, the world's biggest cruise operator.
First steel for Nieuw Statendam was cut in July 2016 marking the start of construction. Due for delivery in December 2018, the ship is Fincantieri's 16th vessel built for HAL, following her sister ship MS Koningsdam.
The 300m-long Nieuw Statendam cruise ship will depart from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, on a premiere voyage on a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US. The ship will begin her first Caribbean journey on 19 December 2017 on a four-day trip, calling at Half Moon Cay and Key West, Florida.
She will explore the Caribbean beaches and skies with a round-trip from Fort Lauderdale in her inaugural season from December 2018 through April 2019.
History of the Statendam cruise ships
Nieuw Statendam will be the sixth ship to bear the name Statendam in HAL's history, with the first one launched in 1898.
The second and the third Statendam ships were built in the 1910s and in 1929. The fourth Statendam was launched in 1957, which departed on a 110-day world cruise marking the first such for Holland America Line in January 1958.
The fifth ship was launched in 1993 and served the line until 2015, before being transferred to sister cruise line P&O Cruises Australia.
Nieuw Statendam cruise ship design details
With a gross registered tonnage (grt) of 99,800grt, Nieuw Statendam will have a capacity to accommodate 2,650 passengers in more than 1,300 cabins.
The ship's interiors will be designed by hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and legendary ship architect Bjørn Storbraaten. The interiors feature all the elements of a Pinnacle-class design, including grand light-filled spaces, visual drama and interiors inspired by the fluid curves of musical instruments.
The design of many public areas of the ship is inspired from the architecture of music.
Staterooms on Nieuw Statendam
The cruise ship features 12 decks offering Pinnacle, Neptune, Signature, and Vista suites along with Verandah, Family ocean-view, Ocen-view, and Interior staterooms.
The central atrium will be three decks-high and will be capped by a ceiling that serves as a backdrop for high-definition (HD) projections.
The Pinnacle suite will extend over 1,357ft² and will consist of a bedroom with a king-size bed, an oversize whirlpool bath & shower and other facilities such as dressing room and private verandah.
The Neptune suite will measure between 465ft² and 855ft², including verandah, while the Signature suites will be from 393ft² to 400ft².
The Neptune and Signature suites feature two lower beds convertible into a king-size bed, a murphy bed, and a bathroom with dual-sink vanity. The Vista suites will include two lower beds convertible into a queen-size bed along with facilities such as sitting area, private verandah and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Family ocean-view staterooms will accommodate up to five people, and will include single staterooms for solo travellers.
Dining aboard MS Nieuw Statendam
The Nieuw Statendam ship's dinner course will be set by five world-class celebrity chefs worldwide, who will add inspired new signature dishes to the menu.
Dining venues on the ship include the Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto, Tamarind, Rudi's Sel de Mer, Lido Market, Dive-In, New York Pizza & Deli, Grand Dutch Café, and G Gelato.
The Lido Pool offers a variety of burgers and fries, while the Tamarind brings the Pan-Asian flavours. The main dining room offers menu selections ranging from classic favourites to vegetarian options, to dishes inspired by the regions which the ship calls at.
The Pinnacle grill offers refined and luxurious dining with dishes inspired by America's Pacific Northwest cuisines, complemented with boutique wines from the Pacific Northwest and other celebrated vineyards.
The Music Walk complex on the Nieuw Statendam cruise will include the Lincoln Centre Stage, Billboard Onboard and BB King's Blues Club.
The World Stage will feature a two-storey-high HD 270° LED screen.