(Photo: Holland America Line)
More than half a dozen cruise lines that market to North Americans are rolling out new oceangoing ships in 2018. Here, USA TODAY profiles one of the new offerings: Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam. For information on the year’s other new vessels, return to the main page of our Guide to the New Cruise Ships of 2018.
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Line: Holland America
Maiden voyage: Dec. 5
Home port: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Size (in tons): 99,500
The buzz: A sister to Holland America’s 20-month-old Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam will be similar in structure to the earlier ship but feature some new public spaces and its own style created by well-known hospitality designer Adam Tihany and architecture Bjorn Storbraaten.
Like Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam will boast a more contemporary design than earlier Holland America ships, while preserving such classic Holland America touches as a Crow’s Nest lounge with panoramic views.
At the heart of the vessel will be a soaring, three-deck-high atrium capped by a ceiling that serves as a backdrop for subtly changing high-definition projections. By day, passengers will see wispy cirrus clouds floating overhead. In the evening, it’ll take on dramatic lighting hues or reflect the clear constellations of the night sky.
Like Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam will have a French seafood restaurant called Sel de Mer — a new concept at the line — and an entertainment zone called Music Walk. Nieuw Statendam also will have cabins for single travelers and ocean-view cabins designed specifically for families. Both are new-for-the-line concepts that first debuted on Koningsdam. The family cabins will offer room for five and two bathrooms. The solo cabins will range from 127 to 172 square feet.
Itineraries: After an initial trans-Atlantic voyage from Italy, Nieuw Statendam will operate a variety of three-, four-, seven- and 10-day voyages to the Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale through April 2019. Fares will start at $799 per person.
Information: 877-932-4259; hollandamerica.com.