(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: