Nieuw Statendam’s Keel Laid at Fincantieri Shipyard

Marghera, Italy Mar. 21, 2017 – The keel-laying ceremony for Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Statendam took place today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera (Venice).

Nieuw Statendam Keel

The first building block of the new ship, which will be a sister ship to the recently introduced ms Koningsdam, is 11.3 meters long (37 feet), 34.8 meters wide (114.17 feet) and weighs in at approximately 260 tons. This precisely built piece will be part of the central section of the ms Nieuw Statendam, which will enter service at the end of 2018. As wil the ms Koningsdam, Tihany Design and Yran & Storbraaten will be creating the interiors and public spaces.

The ms Nieuw Statendam will weigh in at 99,800 tons and will have a capacity of up to 2,650 passengers. The vessel will the second of the new Pinnacle-class ships.  A third Pinnacle-class ship, yet to be named, is expected to be delivered in 2021.

BY: Liam P. Cusack

Liam Cusack

Liam P. Cusack is the Managing Editor of Cruise & Travel Report (, a publication dedicated to providing travelers the same news that industry insiders receive. A self-described “travel nerd”, Liam is an Ocean Liner and Cruise Industry historian who has traveled to more than 60 countries, every US state and sailed on more than 60 cruises. After nearly two decades as an award-winning political journalist and investigative reporter at a major NYC daily newspaper, he decided to dedicate his career to helping avid travelers, like himself, be more well-informed. With Cruise & Travel Report, Liam strives to provide news and tips to make every vacation a dream vacation.