Published On: Thu, Dec 6th, 2018

Holland America Line takes delivery of Nieuw Statendam registered in Curaçao

StatendamWILLEMSTAD - Holland America Line (HAL) officially welcomed Nieuw Statendam to its fleet on November 30 this year, as the cruise line took delivery of its newest ship, and the fifteenth in its fleet, during a ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.

The 2,666-guest ship headed to Venice before arriving in Rome, where it welcomed guests for its premier voyage yesterday.

HAL uses the Curaçao’s maritime registration for its new ships of the Curaçao Maritime Authority (CMA). This means that the Nieuw Statendam will sail with the Curaçao flag.

On the day of delivery the ship went through the so called bareboat out registration which means the chartering or hiring of a ship or boat, whereby no crew or provisions are included as part of the agreement; instead, the people who rent the vessel from the owner are responsible for taking care of such things.

Holland America calls the ship “the ultimate expression of the Holland America Line brand.” It is expected to be similar to Koningsdam, the first of the line’s Pinnacle Class ships that debuted in 2016, with some significant differences including new public spaces designed by Adam D. Tihany.

For dining, Statendam will offer a number of specialty restaurants outside of its main dining room. A French seafood brassier called Rudi’s Sel de Mer will be included; as will the pan-Asian Tamarind restaurant, a new al fresco eatery. The ship will also offer Holland America’s Pinnacle Grill, Nami Sushi inside of Tamarind, and the new Club Orange exclusive restaurant.

In addition, Statendam will debut the Rolling Stone Rock Room, which will offer live bands covering rock hits from the last four decades, in partnership with Rolling Stone magazine. Other entertainment will include Billboard Onboard, B.B. King’s Blues Club, and Lincoln Center stage.

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