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Nieuw Statendam
4.5 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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A ship for music-lovers, with venues representing rock, pop, jazz, classical and the blues


Free dining is strong, but some higher-cover specialty restaurants aren't worth the extra money

Bottom Line

Perfect for the modern cruiser who is interested in exploration, music and culinary arts


Passengers 2,666
Crew 1,036
Passenger to Crew 2.57:1
Launched 2018
Shore Excursions 884
Brittany Chrusciel
Cruise Critic Editor

Nieuw Statendam Overview

Nieuw Statendam represents the latest offering from a more modern and engaging Holland America. The line's largest ship to date cements its Pinnacle Class, which debuted in 2016 with Koningsdam, as the future of a brand that has been sailing for nearly 150 years.

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Many of the same features from the first Pinnacle-class ship have been carried over to Nieuw Statendam, including the World Stage theater, a two-tier Lido Deck with movie screen, a wine-making venue called Blend, the Music Walk, Rudi's Sel de Mer and solo cabins. Other elements have been tweaked based on customer feedback -- moving the Lincoln Center Stage venue away from the noise of the casino, expanding the ship's suites as well as rearranging family cabins and adding call buttons to tables on the Lido. Also new is a pay-for-perks program called Club Orange that allows passengers to purchase access to priority embarkation and debarkation, a concierge, dedicated help desks, priority restaurant reservations and a dedicated restaurant. We weren't sold on the program, and think the cost (currently $35 per person, per day) is a bit steep for what you get (even including the free tote bag and one free glass of wine).

Even the music theme carries over from Koningsdam, with extraordinary design elements and of course, performances, that hit all the right notes. The onboard art collection is completely unique and is the largest collection of any ship in the fleet with an impressive variety of more than 2,000 works.

More than ever, Holland America's choice of partners shine on Nieuw Statendam; Rolling Stone Rock Room, created in partnership with Rolling Stone Magazine, offers an outlet for passengers looking for an edgier evening experience. A linkup with Fujifilm brings the onboard photo experience into the 21st century with an interactive photo and souvenir studio called Wonder Photo. And, of course, the line's partnership with Oprah Magazine (Oprah Winfrey is also the godmother of Nieuw Statendam) is evident in the onboard programming -- meditation, book clubs and workshops.

Nieuw Statendam strikes a tricky balance as a ship that can be calm without being boring and geared toward adults without isolating families. There are plenty of quiet spaces that come alive at night and all the live performances prove more engaging than sleepy sets from a single band in the atrium. Kids and families will have fun traveling and exploring together even without water slides and roller coasters. Most importantly, for fans of the cruise line, Holland America hasn't abandoned its traditional roots to segue into modern times; it's embraced and evolved them.

Fellow Passengers

Guests on Nieuw Statendam are mainly older couples, past retirement, from North America, with others from the U.K., Australia and, due to the line's Dutch heritage, the Netherlands. While the ship sails in the Caribbean you can expect more kids, as well as multigenerational family groups.

Holland America Nieuw Statendam Dress Code

Daytime: During the day, resort casual attire is the norm.

Evening: Gala Nights are Holland America's version of a formal night, and invoke a dress-to-impress atmosphere with at minimum, collared shirts and slacks or skirts/blouses or dresses expected in all specialty restaurants as well as the main dining room.

Not permitted: Shorts, bathing suits, cover-ups, tank tops for men and distressed jeans are discouraged during the evening, especially at dinner.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Holland America Line.

Holland America Nieuw Statendam Gratuity

The automatic tip for passengers staying in interior, ocean-view and balcony cabins is $14.50 per person, per day. Passengers in suites are charged $16 per person, per day. If services exceed your expectations, an additional cash tip to room stewards or waiters (including room service) is always welcome. Gratuities can be adjusted at guest services before departing the ship.

A 15 percent auto-gratuity is added to all bar bills and spa purchases.

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Main Deck
Plaza Deck
Promenade Deck
Beethoven Deck
Gershwin Deck
Mozart Deck
Schubert Deck
Navigation Deck
Lido Deck
Panorama Deck
Sun Deck
Observation Deck

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Holland America Nieuw Statendam Member Reviews

Nieuw Statendam
Sail Date: Jul 2019
Overall, I would highly recommend the Nieuw Statendam, and I hope to come back on it one day!...Read More
Nieuw Statendam
Paul Ervin
Sail Date: Oct 2019
As hoped the Nieuw Statendam was a stunning looking ship and the public areas all looked luxurious. The cabin was a little smaller than I expected, but was well layed out and very modern....Read More
Nieuw Statendam
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Overall, we loved our time on the Nieuw Statendam and would definitely recommend it. It is a very traditional ship but with lots of modern art and great musical entertainment to make it fun!...Read More
Nieuw Statendam
Sail Date: Nov 2019
The ship was the Nieuw Statendam. This cruise included our children and their spouses ... 6 of us. Boarding the ship was very easy....Read More

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