Holland America celebrated a construction milestone this past weekend - the first steel was cut for company's next cruise ship, Nieuw Statendam.

The newbuild Nieuw Statendam will be the second Pinnacle Class ship of Holland America and is scheduled for delivery in November 2018.

The steel cutting ceremony took place at Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. The block will be built at Fincantieri before moving to the Marghera shipyard where the cruise ship will be constructed. Keith Taylor, Holland America Group’s Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations, was at the shipyard for the ceremony.

Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam will be a 99,500 gross ton sister ship to ms Koningsdam which debuted this past spring. The 2,650 passenger cruise ship will feature enhanced Pinnacle Class amenities and innovations.

Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president, gave the following statement:

“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. 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.”

Nieuw Statendam marks the 16th cruise ship that the Italian shipyard has built for Holland America Line.

Homeport and itineraries for Nieuw Statendam are soon to be announced.

Source: cruisefever.net