In anticipation of the upcoming float-out of Nieuw Statendam, Holland America Line has held the ship’s coin ceremony at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, following an Italian shipbuilding tradition.
President of Holland America Line Orlando Ashford said “Nieuw Statendam reflects the next generation in our brand evolution while maintaining the classic hallmarks we are known for. By placing an authentic Dutch guilder in the hull from the year our first ship named Statendam came into service is a meaningful way to build that bridge from our past to our future.”
On 21 December 2017 the ship will be fully floated out and move to an outfitting pier.
Nieuw Statendam is the second Pinnacle-class ship for Holland America Line, joining Koningsdam, which launched in April 2016 from the same shipyard. A third Pinnacle-class ship will set sail for the cruise line in 2021.