Nieuw Statendam makes Inaugural Call at Dover

The 99,902gt Nieuw Statendam made her inaugural call into the port Dover

The 99,902gt Nieuw Statendam made her inaugural call into the port Dover, in early September.  And in true seafarers tradition, exchanged plaques with the port.  Captain Eric Barhorst presented a Holland America Line Delft china plate to the port of Dover. it was accepted Christian Pryce the ports Chief Commercial Officer. he reciprocated the gesture with a plate of local manufacture.

Also attending the ceremony was Nico BleichrodtVice President of international sales at Holland America. And Deirdre Wells OBE the Chief Executive Officer of Visit Kent

Nieuw Statendam made her inaugural call into the port Dover

Members of the press were invited to watch the ceremony and were rewarded with a ships tour. This was followed by a memorable lunch created by the company’s world-renowned Culinary Council.  It was served in the ships Pinnacle Grill

Nieuw Statendam is a Pinnacle-class cruise ship operated by Holland America Line (HAL), a division of Carnival Corporation.

Her name, Nieuw Statendam, alludes to the five previous ships in HAL’s fleet named Statendam.  She is the second of three Pinnacle-class ships built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. She follows Koningsdam (2016) and before that, Rotterdam (2021). 

Nieuw Statendam has 12 passenger decks, a length of 299.75 metres a draught of 8 metres, and a beam of 35 metres.

Nieuw Statendam in the port Dover

She is powered by a diesel-electric gensetsystem, with four MaK engines. Each produces 12.6 MW (16,900 hp) with a total output of 50.4 megawatts (67,600 hp).


Main propulsion is provided by two ABB Azipods. Each is driven by a 14 megawatts electric motor each producing 19,000 hp

The system gives the vessel a service speed of 18 knots. And a maximum speed of 22 knots. 

On two of the four engines, open loop exhaust gas cleaning systems are installed.

Introducing the ship to the British travel media, Nico Bleichrodt told those attending that Nieuw Statendam would be using Dover as a home /turnaround port for a series of 20 cruises beginning in May 2025.