(9:45 a.m. EST) — The second Pinnacle-class ship in Holland America Line’s fleet, slated to arrive in fall 2018, will be called Nieuw Statendam.
The 2,650-passenger ship will be the sixth vessel in the line’s history to bear the name Statendam. Construction will begin this summer at the Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.
The line made the announcement in Rotterdam where the first Pinnacle-class ship, Koningsdam, was christened Thursday. That vessel is the largest HAL ship to date and is currently sailing in Europe before coming to Miami in the fall.
While it will share many of the same venues and design elements as its sister, Nieuw Statendam also is expected to unveil a number of new features; among them, a specialty restaurant. Pinnacle-class hallmarks to be carried over from Koningsdam include the highly acclaimed French-style brasserie Sel de Mer, Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center, Blend wine-making venue, two-tiered Lido Pool with a movie screen, and Music Walk (home to Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Club at the Queen’s Lounge).
Nieuw Statendam will include fleetwide favorites, such as the Pinnacle Grill steakhouse and the Greenhouse Spa & Salon ("beautified" on Koningsdam, with one of the best thermal suites we’ve ever seen on a cruise ship).
Additionally, Holland America said it would make adjustments to existing venues, based on feedback from its passengers on Koningsdam. The line has already hinted the staircase connecting Lincoln Center Stage and the casino might be removed, and that it would rethink its approach with Blend and the Culinary Arts Center.
(For more on Pinnacle-class ships, read our Hits and Misses from Koningsdam).
Curious about what happened to all the other Statendams? Here’s a brief history, according to the line:
- The first launched in 1898 and was just 10,491 gross tons. It served the fleet until 1911. The second was built in the 1910s for Holland America Line but was sold to White Star Line as before it entered service. The next served the line from 1929 until 1940, when it was scrapped after a fire.
- The fourth launched in 1957 and was christened by an 18-year-old Dutch Crown Princess Beatrix, who would later become Queen and name as well. On Jan. 7, 1958, the ship departed on a 110-day World Cruise, the first for Holland America Line. remained in the fleet until 1982, when it was sold to Paquet Cruises.
- The fifth ship to carry the name launched in 1993 and served the line until 2015, when it was transferred to sister cruise line P&O Cruises Australia, where it sails today as .