HAL Names Next Pinnacle Class Ship ms Nieuw Statendam
Holland America Line has announced that the name of the next Pinnacle Class ship set for delivery in fall 2018 will be ms Nieuw Statendam.
Upon making the announcement, the cruise line stated, “Honouring the company’s past while keeping its eyes on the future, Nieuw Statendam will be the 6th 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.”
As with sister-ship ms Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam represents a new class of ship for the cruise line. Carrying 2,650 pax, the 99,500 gross ton ship will feature several of the new venues that have been introduced on Koningsdam as well as new concepts that will debut on the newbuild.
“Holland America Line is writing the next chapter in our evolving story, yet we are a company with a deep history, and the name ms Nieuw Statendam perfectly blends our past, present and future,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s President. “The previous Statendam ships have been among the most beloved in our history, and we eagerly anticipate sharing this beautiful new ship with our guests in 2018.”
The 1stStatendam launched in 1898 and was just 10,491 gross tons. It served the fleet until 1911. The 2ndStatendam 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 4thStatendam launched in 1957 and was christened by an 18 yr. old Dutch Crown Princess Beatrix, who would later become Queen and also namee Eurodam. On 07JAN58, the ship departed on a 110 day World Cruise, the 1st for Holland America Line. Statendam remained in the fleet until 1982, when it was sold to Paquet Cruises. The 5th 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.