Holland America's Next Ship, Nieuw Statendam, Completes Sea Trials

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Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam, the second Pinnacle Class ship in the fleet, returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy Wednesday, August 22, after finishing two test runs successfully, the cruise line reports.

The ship left Marghera on August 10 and conducted sea trials in two days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard. At this port, the trial’s details were analyzed, and hull maintenance was performed. Again, the ship went on sea trials from August 18 to August 22. The final adjustments will be completed in Marghera.

The shipyards team of nautical officers, builders and naval architects examined the ship’s capabilities and safety systems. The Nieuw Statendam’s systems, engines and machinery were all tested.

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Once the new ship is delivered in the beginning of December, it will sail the Caribbean in winter and then move to northern Europe, Iceland and the Mediterranean in summer during its commencement year. The ship holds more than 2,500 guests and weighs over 99,000 tons. It will look like Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, but it has its own style. It was designed by hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten.

Holland America Line’s first ship to be called Statendam sailed just before the start of the 20th century. The Nieuw Statendam will be the sixth ship to have that name.

For more information, visit hollandamerica.com

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