Behemoth vessel marks 17th in the series
Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster

New ship builds get a lot of hoopla. And today Holland America’s next Pinnacle Class, 2,662-passenger behemoth was on the receiving end. The company celebrated  the milestone cutting of the steel for its main section at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.
The yet unnamed new build is due for delivery in May 2021. It marks the 17th ship constructed for Holland America Line by Fincantieri. The 16th was its Nieuw Statendam.

HAl’s 16th Pinnancle ship courtesy Holland America

Ship to boast innovations

The ship will boast such Pinnacle Class innovations such as Rudi’s Sel de Mer; the World Stage, with two-story, 270-degree wraparound LED screens for immersive main stage performances. It will also feature live music at sea in Music Walk with Lincoln Center Sage, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard and the new Rolling Stone Rock Room. Other hallmarks include wrap-around teak decks, luxurious staterooms, a stunning artwork collection and award-winning cuisine ranging from casual to fine dining.

“The steel cutting is always an exciting milestone in the construction process because from here the ship quickly takes shape and we, along with our loyal guests and travel partners, begin counting the days until the first cruise,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “The Pinnacle class has been a resounding success.  And we look forward to welcoming the third in the series to our fleet, joining sister ships Koningsdam and the recently launched Nieuw Statendam.”