Holland America Line announced today in Rotterdam at the naming ceremony of their latest cruise ship, Koningsdam, that Nieuw Statendam will be the name of their upcoming ship due to launch in 2018.
Construction on Koningsdam‘s 2,650-passenger sister ship will begin at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy this summer, ready for delivery towards the end of 2018.
“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 99,500 GT vessel will be the sixth Holland America Line ship to bear the name Statendam. The line’s most recent Statendam was transferred to P&O Cruises Australia in 2015, and renamed Pacific Eden.