|Nieuw Statendam will be a sibling ship to the recently launched Koningsdam (pictured).|
Holland America Line has announced that it will name its next Pinnacle-class ship, which is set for delivery in fall 2018, Nieuw Statendam.
Nieuw Statendam will be the sixth ship in Holland America Line's history to bear the name Statendam. It will be built at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Italy, and construction will begin this summer.
Like sibling ship Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam represents a new class of ship for the cruise line. Carrying 2,650 guests, the ship will feature several of the new venues that were introduced on Koningsdam as well as new concepts that will debut on the newbuild.
Renowned hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany's designs will be featured on Nieuw Statendam, as with Koningsdam. Also several public areas will be designed by Bjorn Storbraaten, who successfully worked with Holland America Line on Koningsdam, Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam in designing the ship's public rooms.
The History of the Statendam Ships
The first Statendam launched in 1898 and was just 10,491 gross tons. It served the fleet until 1911. The second Statendam was built in the 1910s for Holland America Line but was sold to White Star Line as Justicia before it entered service. The next Statendam served the line from 1929 until 1940, when it was scrapped after a fire.
The fourth Statendam launched in 1957 and was christened by an 18-year-old Dutch Crown Princess Beatrix, who would later become Queen and name Eurodam as well. On January 7, 1958, the ship departed on a 110-day World Cruise, the first for Holland America Line. Statendam remained in the fleet until 1982, when it was sold to Paquet Cruises. The fifth ship to carry the Statendam 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 Pacific Eden.