Just after Molslinjen’s EXPRESS 3’s 05:45 departure Friday morning, Holland America Line’s newest cruise vessel NIEUW STATENDAM appeared in the horizon on the approach to her premiere call in Aarhus. In front of her lay Eimskip’s container feeder LAXFOSS loaded with frozen seafood from the North Atlantic Islands.
NIEUW STATENDAM is the second and final newbuilding in Holland America Line’s latest class of cruise vessels, the so-called Pinnacle-Class. An evolution from the Signature-Class comprising EURODAM and NIEUW AMSTERDAM. NIEUW STATENDAM was delivered November 2018 and had her inaugural season in the Caribbean before returning to Europe for the spring and summer season here.
The premiere call in Aarhus was the last stop before returning to Amsterdam, from where the 21 nights cruise stated May 5. With a few days difference, it is two years ago since NIEUW STATENDAM ‘s 2016-built Pinnacle-sister KONINGSDAM had her first visit to Aarhus. Back then I missed the arrival but managed to photograph the departure.
Some selected technical facts about the Pinnacles
- Length o.a.: 299,7 m
- Beam: 35 m
- GT: 99,800
- NT: 68,000
- Lower pax berths capacity: 2,650
- Crew no. (approx.): 1,000
- Propulsion: Diesel electric, 2 X ABB Azipods, 4 X MaK 12V43C-based gensets, total output 50,400 kW.
- Builder: Fincantieri
- Concept- and basis design: Fincantieri
- Interior design: Adam D. Tihany and YSA Design (Bjørn Storbraaten)
- Register: Holland
- Home port: Rotterdam