When Holland America Line (HAL) welcomes Nieuw Statendam to the fleet in December, the ship will showcase the evolution of design that was introduced with Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship.
Focusing on the importance of thoughtful details and special touches, Statendam’s musical design and “artfully inspired” finishing will perfectly blend Holland America Line’s past, present and future.
According to officials, the new 2,666-passenger ship will have an interior that balances a fresh, contemporary styling in perfect harmony with the line’s renowned classic elegance, while continuing a bold course forward.
“Like its sister ship, Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam is all about fine details and thoughtful touches throughout the ship that create an ambiance of both elegance and style. From the public areas to the staterooms, Nieuw Statendam is going to be stunning and very popular with our guests,” said HAL president Orlando Ashford.
Statendam will showcase a dramatic three-deck-high central atrium that is graced by an airy stainless-steel sculpture that is meant to emulate the feeling of being inside and surrounded by a musical instrument. Like music, the experience changes as guests move around and through it, so no two perspectives are the same. The atrium is capped by a ceiling skylight that serves as a backdrop for subtly changing high-definition projections.
The dining room aboard Statendam will span two floors and be framed by views of the sea. Strong, curved architectural pillars will accentuate the soaring ceiling. Chic, custom furnishings and modern glass lighting are being fabricated especially for the ship. The centrepiece is a curved copper sheath surrounding a two-storey wine tower.
Rudi’s Sel De Mer, Holland America Line’s intimate French brasserie, is re-imagined on Statendam with expanded seating for 54 guests.
The ship’s Magrodome area is two levels to create a vast glass-enclosed space. The lower level will feature traditional poolside elements, while the mezzanine level will showcase more seating, a giant screen for poolside movies and New York Deli and Pizza.
Nieuw Statendam will spend its first cruising season exploring the Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale from December 2018 through April 2019. All Caribbean cruises include a day at HAL’s own island, Half Moon Cay. Next spring, the ship will cross the Atlantic and spend the summer and fall exploring northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Statendam will then return to the Caribbean in October 2019.