Bookings are now open for the Premiere Voyage and 2018-19 inaugural Caribbean cruise season of Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam. Due for delivery December 1, 2018, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet is currently under construction at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Italy.
When Nieuw Statendam departs the shipyard, it will be delivered in Venice. After arriving in Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, Nieuw Statendam departs December 5 on its premiere voyage with guests - a 14-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship will then spend the winter season cruising roundtrip on seven-day Caribbean itineraries, with select three-, four- and 10-day options.
On the 14-day Premiere Voyage, the ship will call at Cartagena and Malaga, Spain, and Funchal, Madeira, before spending seven days at sea where guests can experience all of the newbuild's amenities. Guests will enjoy an overnight call at Fort Lauderdale before leaving the ship on December 19.
From December 2018 through April 2019, Nieuw Statendam will spend its inaugural season cruising the Caribbean. All Caribbean itineraries include a call at Half Moon Cay, the line's private island. Nieuw Statendam’s first Caribbean cruise is a four-day itinerary that calls at Half Moon Cay and Key West, Florida, departing December 19. The ship then embarks on a series of seven-day sailings, including a December 23 holiday cruise that calls at Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay.
A December 30 New Year's Cruise departure calls at Half Moon Cay; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. A similar January 6 cruise replaces Ocho Rios with Montego Bay, Jamaica. The ship then sets sail January 13 on a seven-day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay.
Fares for the first Nieuw Statendam cruises begin at $499 per person, double occupancy, for a three- or four-day Caribbean sailing, and $799 for a seven-day cruise. The Premiere Voyage begins at $1,199 per person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses are additional.