(10:57 a.m. EDT) -- Holland America's next new ship, Nieuw Statendam, will offer a traditional cruising experience with modern flair -- combining fleetwide staples like a vintage Navy-blue hull with chic, music-inspired interiors.
The design follows in the footsteps of sister ship, Koningsdam, which pioneered Holland America's more contemporary approach to design, as well as food and entertainment. Both ships are part of the line's newer Pinnacle class, and a collaborative effort between renowned designer Adam D. Tihany and cruise industry architect Bjorn Storbraaten.
"Nieuw Statendam will join our fleet in just over four months and guests are excitedly reserving their place to sail on this beautiful new ship in its premier season," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.
"Like its sister-ship Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam is all about fine details and thoughtful touches throughout the ship that create an ambiance of both elegance and style. From the public areas to the staterooms, Nieuw Statendam is going to be stunning and very popular with our guests."
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Standout design features will include a three-deck atrium with a musical instrument-like sculpture and a skylight that also will serve as a backdrop for high-definition projections, as well as a two-story wine tower that will serve as the main dining room's centerpiece. Rudi's Sel de Mer, a seafood brasserie-style restaurant that debuted on Koningsdam (pop-up restaurants can be found on other ships), will have more seating and a slightly more contemporary look on Nieuw Statendam.
Holland America previously revealed Nieuw Statendam would boast a redesigned Pinnacle Suite and eight more cabins than Koningsdam.
Nieuw Statendam will join the fleet in December 2018. It will offer Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale during its maiden season, before repositioning to Europe for summer 2019. Overseas, it will sail a variety of seven- to 14-night itineraries including Norway and the Arctic Circle, the Baltic, British Isles and Mediterranean. It will return to Fort Lauderdale in fall 2019.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor