May 2016

Next Holland America Line Pinnacle-Class Ship to be Named ms Nieuw Statendam

Submitted by: HAL Newbuild Team

Holland America Line announced today that the name of the next Pinnacle Class ship set for delivery in fall 2018 will be ms Nieuw Statendam.

Honoring the company’s past while keeping its eyes on the future, Nieuw Statendam will be the sixth ship in Holland America Line’s history to bear the name Statendam. It will be built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, and construction will begin this summer.

Like sister-ship ms Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam represents a new class of ship for the cruise line. Carrying 2,650 guests, the 99,500-gross-ton ship will feature several of the innovative venues that were introduced on Koningsdam as well as new concepts that will debut on the newbuild.

“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.”

Renowned hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany’s designs will be featured on Nieuw Statendam, bringing his unique vision to this latest vessel as he did with Koningsdam. Also, several public areas will be designed by Bjorn Storbraaten, who successfully worked with Holland America Line on Koningsdam, ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam in designing the ship’s public rooms.

The History of the Statendam Ships

The first Statendam launched in 1898 and was just 10,491 gross tons. It served the fleet until 1911. The second Statendam was built in the 1910s for Holland America Line but was sold to White Star Line as Justicia before it entered service. The next Statendam served the line from 1929 until 1940, when it was scrapped after a fire.

From left, Statendam I, II and III. Photos from HALpostcards.com and Captain Albert.

From left, Statendam I, II and III. Photos from HALpostcards.com and Captain Albert.

The fourth Statendam launched in 1957 and was christened by an 18-year-old Dutch Crown Princess Beatrix, who would later become Queen and name Eurodam as well. On Jan. 7, 1958, the ship departed on a 110-day World Cruise, the first for Holland America Line. Statendam remained in the fleet until 1982, when it was sold to Paquet Cruises. The fifth ship to carry the Statendam name launched in 1993 and served the line until 2015, when it was transferred to sister cruise line P&O Cruises Australia, where it sails today as Pacific Eden.

Statendam IV, courtest of World Ship Society, and Statendam V.

Statendam IV, courtesy of World Ship Society, and Statendam V.

What do you think of the name Nieuw Statendam? Tell us below!


  1. Love to hear there will be a Statendam again. We like they keep this tradition alive!!

  2. “Boaty McBoatface” would’ve been a better name. Nevertheless, this new ship sounds rather fabulous.

  3. So many Dam names yet HAL keeps recycling names with no meaning .

    • Leidschendam
    • MaasdamBergumerdam (bij Bergum)
    • Bilderdam
    • BrigdammeAardam
    • Alblasserdam
    • Amsterdam
    • Amsterdam-Zuidoost
    • Amsterdamscheveld
    • Appingedam

    • Busch en Dam
    • Damwoude
    • Didam
    • Dubbeldam
    • Durgerdam
    • Edam
    • Giessendam
    • Heerjansdam
    • Hinderdam
    • Ilpendam
    • Klein Amsterdam
    • Krabbendam
    • Leerdam

    • Mildam
    • Monnickendam
    • Muntendam
    • Nieuw-Amsterdam
    • Nieuwendam
    • Obdam
    • Onderdendam
    • Oostendam
    • Oostknollendam
    • Polsbroekerdam
    • Rijsdam
    • Rotterdam
    • Schardam
    • Schiedam
    • Schoorldam
    • Spaarndam
    • Statendam
    • Steendam
    • Stellendam
    • Uitdam
    • Veendam
    • Volendam
    • Vuilendam
    • Werkendam
    • West-Knollendam
    • Zaandam
    • Zeddam
    • Zeldam
    • Zwammerdam

  4. Would have been much better to simply name the new ship the Statendam and carry on with Holland America’s proud heritage. Are all future ships with traditional names now going to have “Nieuw” in front of them?

  5. We have to get used to this interesting new ship’s name, but together with the Koningsdam the Nieuw Statendam will mark a new era in cruising HAL-style.

  6. It would be better to call the Nieuw ship the Statendam only in keeping with Holland America tradition. I can understand the prefix Nieuw in the case of the Ms Nieuw Amsterdam, named after New York City, as opposed to the Ms Amsterdam, named after the capital of the Netherlands but I really can not see what the purpose is to use the prefix for the 2nd Pinnacle class ship.

    Nieuw is new

  7. Great to see the name coming back again. I sailed Statendam 4 from Rotterdam to New York in 1969 on a trans-Atlantic crossing and Statendam 5 on a cruise to Alaska about 15 years ago. Great name for great ships and a true Dutch heritage!

  8. Why do HAL add the word ” new ” to this new ship, just Statendam is more than enough.

  9. I can see the name Nieuw Amsterdam because that was the original name of New York but I think they should not tinker with the name Statendam. (That is part of the company heritage. )
    BTW: So far I have sailed on two Nieuw Amsterdam ships, two Noordam ships, and two Westerdam ships. It is fun to be a part of such a proud shipping heritage.

  10. You are a fantastic cruise line and it is wonderful to see your line continuing to grow. I think the name of Nieuw Amsterdam is very appropriate. Best of luck with her. Bob

  11. I think taking “Nieuw” to the front of the name is a mistake. She should be a new “Statendam”, the sixth of the name, and not the first with the name “Nieuw Statendam”. That is NOT the same name, and is an affront to the long history of ships named “Statendam”. Do keep in mind that the “Nieuw Amsterdam” is the third ship of that name (named after the former colony, now known as New York), and unrelated to the current ms Amsterdam, which is the first of her name, named after the city in the Netherlands.

    Seattle needs to rethink this, and honot the long history of Statendams by naming her the ms Statendam.

  12. Sounds good to me.
    I love Veendam.
    Also Eurodam 26 days to Europe, and 7 days too.
    Great food and service also. None I have sailed on yet as nice.
    January I get my own room on Koningsdam.

  13. I’d like to see a ship named Madurodam. But, Nieuw Statendam is a great name. Following tradition, I would also like to see the Half Moon back on the logo.

  14. I like the name as much as I love the name Nieuw Amsterdam, so keep the tradition alive!
    I remember the christening of the fourth Statendam by Beatrix very well. It was a few moths before I started my first job at the HAL office, Rotterdam.

  15. I lived on Staten Island, NY for most of my life, having moved to NJ 3 years ago. Just for the nostalgia factor, I would like to sail on the Nieuw Statendam. I don’t know where it will sail to, but it would be nice, I’m sure.

  16. Hope not all of the new ships will be so big. What makes HAL so nice is the smaller ships.

  17. I love all the lovely “dam” ships of the Holland Americaline. New names or old names.

  18. I read you piece about the new name and it sounds as though it will be a winner for you…Good luck

  19. I come from a Holland America Line family with my father being a former captain and operations manager. I don’t like the new name of Nieuw Statendam. The long line of Statendam ships is now broken and for what reason. History and lineage are much more important.

  20. I like ” Nieuw ” can’t wait to compare the old vs NEW. Was also on the Amsterdam and am anxious to cruise on the “Nieuw Amsterdam”…

  21. Beautiful new ships, love the design, but please HAL don’t go any larger than this class ship, it takes away from the cruise experience.

  22. We love Holland America Cruise Line! It is our favorite cruise company. They just know how to do it right. I might suggest that for more redo ships to place a Roman Numeral behind the name when using it over and over. Just an idea. Keep building and they will come! Keep your prices level and cruising will explode. Straight land tours are cost prohibitive for mere mortals! I will continue to cruise with Hollad until My legs won’t go up the gangway! –arlene powe

  23. Looking forward to going on this ship. Love Holland America cruises so much!

  24. We had amazing cruize experience . As an Indian we are looking for more Indian delicious vegetarian options . India has great spending power if we get more verity of vegetarian and jain food .

  25. Glad you had a nice time. Hopefully you heard about our vegetarian menu in the dining room! If not, please ask for it next time! It’s ALL vegetarian! :)

  26. Please advise the designer to skip single steps, even if lighted, eg, to the Queen’s lounge, as several people tripped on ms Koningsdam. People look up and forward when entering venues and don’t see the step, even when lighted. I also suggest a few ushers to guide some elderly or sight-/balance-challenged passengers going down the steps at World Stage, especially when lights have already dimmed. The ushers can also direct people to available seats.

  27. Ik hou van traditie. en zou het nieuwe schip gewoon Statendam noemen en denk dat dit het meest aanspreekt in Nederland. trouwens ik heb gevaren op de Noordam, Maasdam, Westerdam, Rotterdam 2x de Eurodam en 2x de Nieuw Amsterdam.

  28. How to apply??? Am working catering services in bahrain i want to apply new field ang inveronment am versatile

  29. Hallo Ronald,

    Please contact our manning agency in Manilla. You can easily google the correct address if you use the words Holland America Recruiting Manilla.

    Good luck

    Capt. Albert

  30. I am disappointed to see HAL plans more of the giant ships; the three things that keep me cruising with HAL are the mid-sized ships, the wrap-around promenade decks, and the fantastic staff. I felt that even Oosterdam was too large and I have no plans ever to book Koningsdam. I’d rather see three more Prinsendam-sized ships than one more megaship!

  31. It’s going to be a beautiful ship but please cancel the word Nieuw…..
    Only Statendam is the best choice.
    Good luck and safe sailing.

  32. Love all the dam ships and all the names. Just sailed on the Koningsdam in Nov. Fabulous! Excited to sail the newest ship in 2018.

  33. I agree with others that the Nieuw Statendam should be the SS Statendam VI in keeping with the previous five other Statendam’s. Nieuw would introduce a new name. Long live SS Statendam VI.
    Jim McCurdy

  34. Bring it on!!! But make sure you put those great Mariner Dream beds in every room. Please try to put Heineken Tarwebok on the menu at the new Dutch Cafe’. You see, the “geniuses” at Heineken stopped selling Tarwebok here in the states. For beer lovers with a palate for great Bock beer, this one hits it out of the park. Love Holland America Line!!!

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