Holland America Line has taken delivery of Nieuw Statendam, following a hand-over ceremony at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.

The 2,666-guest ship is the 15th in the line’s fleet. Its official naming ceremony will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 2 February.

Holland America Line’s president Orlando Ashford said: “Today the Holland America Line family celebrates the addition of Nieuw Statendam to our fleet, and it’s a proud moment for everyone involved.

“Thank you to our partners at Fincantieri and our own team members who worked diligently to deliver the ship looking more stunning than we imagined.

“Nieuw Statendam represents our continued evolution of adding exciting new experiences while maintaining the hallmarks that have made Holland America Line a leader in premium cruising.”

Following a transatlantic crossing from Civitavecchia, Nieuw Statendam will spend a full season in the Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. 

The ship will head to its summer homeport of Amsterdam in May and sail a series of Northern Europe, Baltic, and Iceland cruises before making its way to the Mediterranean in September for cruises out of Civitavecchia.