HAL’s New Ship To Feature More Staterooms, Distinct Enhancements
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Set to debut in DEC, Holland America Line’s new 2,666-guest, Pinnacle-Class ship Nieuw Statendam will feature more staterooms than sister-ship Koningsdam, redesigned suites and a variety of other enhancements.
Among the most noticeable enhancements will be the redesigned Pinnacle Suite — the largest on the ship at 1,290 square feet, complete with a bedroom, living room, dining area, dressing room and private verandah with whirlpool. Another significant change is the 32 redesigned ocean-view Family Staterooms that range from 222 to 231 square feet. These staterooms accommodate up to five guests and have been reconfigured to feature more living space.
Nieuw Statendam will also feature 12 single-cruiser accommodations (first introduced on the Koningsdam) located on the forward main deck. They will range from 127 to 172 square feet.
“As with every new ship, we’ve listened to guest feedback and made our own assessments that have led to exciting changes to Nieuw Statendam that will enhance our stateroom experience across every category,” said HAL president Orlando Ashford.
The new ship adds five more ocean-view and three more interior staterooms, bringing the total stateroom count to 1,339. The ship will also have 851 verandah or verandah spa accommodations, bringing the total staterooms that have a verandah, including suites, to 912.Forty-three Neptune Suites and two Neptune Spa Suites range from 465 to 855 square feet. Guests in these accommodations (as well as the Pinnacle Suite) have access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge, which has been enlarged to allow for additional seating and more windows.
The 14 Signature Suites are up to 400 square feet in size, and the 104 Vista Suites range from 260 to 356 square feet, while the Spa Suites or Verandah Spa, Outside Spa or Inside Spa staterooms, located near the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, come with yoga mats for use during the voyage and an iPod docking station.
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