begins on second Pinnacle Class ship due for delivery in November 2018
Wash., July 12, 2016
— Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone today as
the first steel was cut for ms Nieuw
Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018. The ceremony took place at
Fincantieri's shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and the block being built
there will later be moved to the Marghera yard where the ship will be
constructed. Holland America Group's Executive Vice President of Fleet
Operations Keith Taylor was at the yard for the event.
ship — the 15th in the fleet — is the second Pinnacle Class vessel for Holland
America Line, joining sister-ship ms
Koningsdam that sailed its first cruise in April 2016. The steel cutting
follows a period of design and development for the 2,650-guest ship that will
feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations.
"This is an
exciting time for Holland America Line, and Nieuw Statendam's steel
cutting is a milestone that signifies our continued growth and evolution as a
company and a brand," said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line's president.
"With Pinnacle Class we have been able to try new things, expand our horizons
and push boundaries, and while Nieuw Statendam is a sister to Koningsdam,
we do have some new ideas that will be revealed in time."
This is the 16th
ship built for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most
recently constructed Koningsdam.
the early 1900s Fincantieri's two shipbuilding centers of Genoa and Trieste
were world unrivaled players, building "Made in Italy" ships that stood out for
their design, elegant interior furnishings and engineering solutions.
Fincantieri serves all the sectors of the cruise market with a wide range of
vessels that includes postpanamax and panamax ships as well as medium-small
super luxury vessels or ships for special voyage types.
more information about Holland America Line, consult a professional travel
seller, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
Editor's note: Photos from the steel cutting are
available at https://www.cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/m55aygqg.
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About Holland America Line [a division of
Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL
Holland America Line's fleet
of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98
countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways
to 115-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven continents with
highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations
and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages;
and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England,
Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line currently has a new 2,650-guest
ship, ms Koningsdam, delivered in April 2016, as well as a second
Pinnacle Class ship, ms Nieuw Statendam,
due for delivery in November 2018.
The company recently announced
$300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position as the leader in
premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a
diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and
personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge on board at the Culinary
Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine; Explorations Café,
powered by The New York Times; and Digital Workshop powered by Windows.
Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center
Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can
be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council that comprises world-famous
chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.