Holland America Line has opened up bookings for Nieuw Statendam, the next cruise ship coming in December 2018.

The cruise line has opened up bookings for Nieuw Statendam’s inaugural sailings and premier voyages in the Caribbean. The new vessel will first be delivered from the shipyard to Holland America on December 1 in Venice Italy. The ship will then depart on its maiden voyage on December 5 out of Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. The premier voyage will last for 14-days where the ship will sail across the Atlantic ocean and arrive at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president, said:

“Every milestone we reach with Nieuw Statendam brings us closer to delivery, and opening for bookings in the inaugural season is an exciting step as we officially give guests the opportunity to start planning their vacations on this beautiful new ship.” “The crossing is a great chance for guests to really get to know the ship and explore every corner during the sea days, and the Caribbean season is a perfect blend of ports that highlight the beauty, diversity and relaxed ambiance of that region.”

Bookings for the cruises are now open with the first cruises starting from $499 per person for 3 and 4-day Caribbean cruises. Rates will start from $799 per person for the longer 7-day itineraries which you can check below. The premier voyage starting from Italy will obviously be more expensive at $1,199 per person for the 14-day voyage.

Take a look at the itinerary and deployment details of the Nieuw Statendam which have been released by the cruise line:

Premiere Voyage Repositions to Caribbean Winter Home Port

When Nieuw Statendam departs Civitavecchia Dec. 5 on its Premiere Voyage, it will spend 14 days crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Fort Lauderdale. After leaving Italy, the ship will call at Cartagena and Málaga, Spain, and Funchal, Madeira, before spending seven days at sea where guests can experience all the newbuild’s amenities. Guests will enjoy an overnight call at Fort Lauderdale before leaving the ship Dec. 19.

Nieuw Statendam to Offer a Variety of Caribbean Cruises in Winter/Spring 2018-19

From December 2018 through April 2019, Nieuw Statendam will spend its inaugural season exploring the golden beaches and sun-kissed skies of the Caribbean on roundtrip Fort Lauderdale cruises. All Caribbean itineraries include a call at Half Moon Cay, the line’s award-winning private Bahamian island known for its pristine landscapes, exciting shore excursions, exclusive beach cabanas and child-friendly activities.

Nieuw Statendam’s first Caribbean cruise is a four-day itinerary that calls at Half Moon Cay and Key West, Florida, departing Dec. 19. The ship then embarks on a series of seven-day sailings, including a Dec. 23 Holiday cruise that calls at Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay. A Dec. 30, 2018, New Year’s cruise departure calls at Half Moon Cay; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. A similar Jan. 6 cruise replaces Ocho Rios with Montego Bay, Jamaica. The ship then sets sail Jan. 13 on a seven-day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay.

Guests looking for an extended Caribbean adventure on Nieuw Statendam can depart Jan. 20 on a 10-day cruise to the ABC Islands with calls at Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curaçao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.

For a quick get-away, a three-day cruise departs roundtrip Fort Lauderdale Jan. 30 and includes a call at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

For the remainder of the season, the ship will feature western and eastern Caribbean itineraries: the first calls at Half Moon Cay, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, while the second features calls at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay — with the March 17 departure swapping Amber Cove for Grand Turk.

Ship Details

Nieuw Statendam is the second pinnacle class vessel for Holland America Line and will be identical to the ms Koningsdam which entered service in 2016. The 99,500 gross ton vessel is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. once in service the vessel will be able to carry 2,666 passengers.