When Holland America Line welcomes Nieuw Statendam to the fleet in December 2018, the ship will showcase the design introduced with Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship. Nieuw Statendam’s musical design and “artfully inspired” finishing perfectly blend Holland America Line’s past, present, and future.
At the helm of the design and interiors once again are designer Adam D. Tihany and Bjørn Storbraaten. Tihany is approaching Nieuw Statendam with an eye toward creating public spaces that reflect the tradition for which Holland America Line is known while elevating the design by introducing new features.
“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.
Nieuw Statendam will showcase a three-deck-high central atrium with an airy stainless-steel sculpture that is meant to emulate the feeling of being inside and surrounded by a musical instrument. Like music, the experience changes as guests move around and through it, so no two perspectives are the same. The atrium is capped by a ceiling skylight that serves as a backdrop for high-definition projections.
The Dining Room aboard Nieuw Statendam will span two floors and be framed by views of the sea. A bright interior will be inspired by a modern, global design. Custom furnishings and modern glass lighting will be featured. The centerpiece is a curved copper sheath surrounding a two-story wine tower.
Rudi’s Sel De Mer, Holland America Line’s intimate French brasserie, is reimagined on Nieuw Statendam with expanded seating for 54 guests. The restaurant retains its original curving shape and polished walnut wood column structure. The back wall is adorned with a collection of porcelain plates decorated with Chef Rudi Sodamin’s Food Faces culinary pop art, produced by the French brand Bernardaud.
Storbraaten’s hand is clearly present in the design of the central pool area. The Magrodome area is two levels to create a vast glass-enclosed space. The lower level will feature traditional poolside elements, while the mezzanine level will showcase more seating, a screen for poolside movies, and New York Deli and Pizza.
In addition to other areas, Storbraaten is designing the look of Tamarind, the line’s Pan-Asian restaurant that emphasizes nature’s basic elements: water, wood, fire, and earth. On Nieuw Statendam, the Tamarind experience expands with the addition of a new outdoor dining area, so guests can take in the views and fresh sea air.
Nieuw Statendam Showcases the Caribbean in its Premier Season
Nieuw Statendam will spend its first cruising season exploring the Caribbean, sailing roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from December 2018 through April 2019. All Caribbean cruises include a day at Holland America Line’s island, Half Moon Cay. Next spring, the ship will cross the Atlantic Ocean and spend the summer and fall exploring northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Nieuw Statendam then returns to the Caribbean in October 2019.