Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched a new cruise ship in its shipyard at Marghera, Italy, which is under construction for Holland America Line, a Carnival brand of shipping line.

Named Nieuw Statendam, the newly launched vessel will now undergo the fitting-out phase, which is expected to be completed by next year.

Following the completion, the vessel will be the second ‘Pinnacle’ class ship in the portfolio of Holland America Line.

With a capacity of around 99,500t and approximately 300m in length, Nieuw Statendam will be designed to accommodate up to 2,660 passengers on board in more than 1,300 cabins.

“Nieuw Statendam reflects the next generation in our brand evolution while maintaining the classic hallmarks we are known for.”

Designed by Adam DTihany, along with designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten, the vessel will feature similar characteristics of its sister ship Koningsdam.

Nieuw Statendam will be equipped with a host of technologies that seek to optimise energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact, as well as help meet the existing safety regulations.

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Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford said: “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.”

Holland America Line plans to introduce a third Pinnacle Class ship by 2021.