Photo Tour of the Nieuw Statendam Cruise Ship: Review and Highlights of Holland America’s Pinnacle Class Ship

Nieuw Statendam Photo Tour

Have you sailed on any Holland America Line cruises? This was a trip of many firsts for us: it was our first time sailing with HAL, our first trip and cruise to Norway, and our first time on board the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship. Justin and I had such a fabulous seven days sailing the seas with Holland America on its newest cruise ship.

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Nieuw Statendam cruise ship docked in Stavanger Norway

While we had an amazing time in the ports of Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, and Flam, half of the fun of cruising is spending time on the ship itself. If you’re wondering what taking a trip on the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship is like, hopefully we’ll provide a glimpse into ship life on this Pinnacle Class ship.

Facts about HAL Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam cruise ship docked in Flam Norway

Let’s start with a few interesting facts about the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship. These statistics, figures, and facts might surprise you!

  • Nieuw Statendam cruise ship will visit 75 ports in her first year and sail over 92,723 nautical miles (which is four times around the globe!)
  • This cruise ship is as long as 12 blue whales (975 feet in length)
  • Holland America Line’s first cruise ship called Statendam sailed in 1898; this is the 6th ship to be called “Statendam” with the Dutch word for “new” affixed to it
  • The ship’s crew members come from 33 countries around the world
  • The Music Walk features over 70 performers every year
  • Nieuw Statendam is a sister ship to Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class Ship. A third Pinnacle Class ship will start sailing in 2021
  • During a 7-day cruise, Canaletto (Italian specialty restaurant) will serve 200 pounds of pasta, passengers will drink 4200 cups of coffee (probably more when I am on board, hah!), 5600 personalized freshly made salads are served at the Lido Market, and the Grand Dutch Cafe alone will serve 1250 beers

Nieuw Statendam Cruise Ship: Verandah Stateroom

Nieuw Statendam photos - Our stateroom - Verandah cabin 10035

Let’s start our photo tour with a visit to our stateroom. Justin and I stayed in a Verandah Spa Stateroom on the Nieuw Statendam, cabin #10035 (category VQ). This balcony cabin has one queen sized bed that can be made up into two twin beds. There’s also a couch (small living space), a private verandah and floor-to-ceiling windows. Since our stateroom was on deck 10, the Panorama Deck, we enjoyed amazing views from high up on the ship.

Nieuw Statendam cruise ship verandah stateroom (balcony)
Verandah stateroom on HAL Nieuw Statendam
Nieuw Statendam verandah stateroom - balcony on Holland America Line - Cabin 10035
Nieuw Statendam cruise ship verandah cabin

You’ll notice the light and modern style and colors in the room. It felt airy, open, and spacious. The lighter colored wooden furnishings and the shades of turquoise and lime throughout the room had a breezy vacation vibe. I highly recommend choosing a verandah room on the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship. Watch the beautiful sea views any time of day from your own private room. For breakfast, you can even order room service daily for no extra charge. You don’t even have to leave your cabin first thing in the morning to dine and enjoy the brilliant scenery.

Verandah cabin 10035 - HAL Nieuw Statendam
Balcony from cabin 10035 - verandah stateroom - Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Breakfast on our balcony - verandah cabin 10035 - Nieuw Statendam cruise ship

There are many modern amenities throughout the stateroom. First, we loved the big flat screen TV across from the bed and the video on-demand service. On other cruise ships, we’ve seen smaller TVs and a few channels that don’t even compare to what’s offered here. It’s like having a mini Netflix, right in the room. If you have some downtime or want to unwind a bit, feel free to curl up in your cabin and catch up on some movies.

Flatscreen tv in Nieuw Statendam stateroom - Holland America Line

There are also plenty of outlets in the cabin, both North American and European. You’ll find USB ports above both bedside tables for your phones. We also found that the Wi-Fi was quite speedy from inside our cabin, more so than other public areas on the ship.

Bathroom in Nieuw Statendam verandah stateroom
Bathroom in cabin 10035 Nieuw Statendam verandah cabin
Shower of Nieuw Statendam cruise ship cabin - verandah stateroom

We were also super comfortable in our cabin each day and night. The signature Mariner’s Dream bed was the perfect place to drift off into sleep and allowed us to feel well rested upon waking each day. There’s also an in-room safe, a mini fridge, ice service, complimentary fresh fruit on request, a magnifying make-up mirror, a blow dryer, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, and a premium massage shower head. There were an adequate amount of shelves in the bathroom to store our belongings.

Cruise Ship Towel Animals Photo Gallery

Every evening when we went back to our cabin, our room steward left a folded origami towel animal for us to find. It was always such a nice surprise and we loved this thoughtful added touch. I’m so happy to see that Holland America Line hasn’t done away with cruise ship towel animals like some other cruise lines. In fact, the staff makes almost 10,000 towel animals for guests on board every week! Here’s our collection of towel animals from our week long sailing on Nieuw Statendam.

Nieuw Statendam cruise ship towel animals
Cruise ship towel animals - Towel origami
Nieuw Statendam cruise ship towel animals
Holland America Line cruise ship towel animals
Towel origami animals on cruise ship

Nieuw Statendam Cruise Ship: Public Spaces

The layout of the public spaces on Nieuw Statendam allow thousands of passengers to move freely around the ship without feeling congested. The only time the cruise ship felt crowded was in the Lido Market on a morning before a port. As everyone on the ship is scrambling to get breakfast, that’s only natural. We avoided the morning rush by getting breakfast delivered to our stateroom each day via room service. Otherwise, it was always a relaxing and enjoyable experience wandering around the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship.

Public spaces on the Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line

Amazing Art Around the Ship

The Nieuw Statendam cruise ship is a floating art gallery featuring works of art by artists from 150 countries worldwide. There’s a small art gallery on board, but you’ll see most of the art all over the ship: on staircases, by the elevators, in the restaurants, and more. There are 1920 works of art in total on board.

Nieuw Statendam art - cymbal artwork in dining room
Art sculpture in the atrium on Nieuw Statendam
Guitar sculpture - art around Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Cruise ship art - Nieuw Statendam
Art on Nieuw Statendam

Club Orange: Access to Exclusive Dining Options

Club Orange dining room on Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam cruise ship

Would you like to add a luxurious flair to your sailing? Club Orange is Holland America’s new exclusive program that offers an enhanced experience to your cruise. It’s a wonderful way to receive priority access, exclusive amenities, and escape the crowds during peak dining times.

Club Orange members can dine in the exclusive Club Orange dining room for breakfast and dinner. While it will feature the same menu as the dining room for dinner and the Pinnacle Grill for breakfast, there are some additional daily dishes added to the menu that you won’t find anywhere else.

Access to Club Orange also includes one of my favorite perks, priority check-in and disembarkation, as well as priority tender service (if your cruise uses tenders at the ports – ours did not). It’s a great feeling to skip the check-in line when you reach the cruise terminal. This really sped up the embarkation process and we were on the ship before we knew it. There are also lovely additional perks like a welcome glass of sparkling wine, premium bathrobes to use in the cabin, and a Club Orange tote bag.

Don’t Know What Day it is? Check the Elevator Floor!

Elevator floor on Holland America Line - Day of the week

It’s easy to forget what day it is when you’re on vacation. I loved this little quirk on the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship, and all Holland America Line vessels. Step into the elevator and look on the ground. Guess what, it’s Friday! It’s a nice little reminder. Our days on board the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship felt more like an “Oslo day” than a “Monday”. We often kept track of the days according to the ports, more than the days of the week. So, it was nice to know what day it actually was, thanks to the elevator!

Nieuw Statendam Deck 1: Main

We didn’t really spend any time on deck 1 of the HAL Nieuw Statendam cruise ship. By taking a look at the Nieuw Statendam deck plan, there are quite a few staterooms on deck 1, as well as some meeting rooms.

Nieuw Statendam Deck 2: Plaza

Venturing up a flight to deck 2, the Plaza deck, you’ll find a lot of action. This is where you’ll find the ship’s Music Walk, a collection of stages and spaces for live music. There’s non-stop live music all night long.

The Music Walk

In one space, there’s the Billboard Onboard bar and the Rolling Stone Rock Room. There’s a rock band that performs in the Rolling Stone bar, and there are a pair of dueling piano performers at Billboard. Each plays a set for about 45 minutes. When the band finishes playing at Rolling Stone, the music immediately starts up across the way at Billboard. When the pianists wrap up their set, the live music starts again at Rolling Stone.

Billboard Onboard on Nieuw Statendam
Billboard Onboard - the bar and seating area
Piano at Billboard Onboard - Nieuw Statendam
Rolling Stone Rock Room by Day
Rolling Stone Rock Room on HAL Nieuw Statendam
Rolling Stone Rock Room

And then there’s the band at B.B. King’s down the hallway. The musical act at B.B. Kings plays lots of pop hits, R&B, and blues music. In the band, there are vocalists, musicians on guitar, keys, drums, saxophone, and one of the most talented bassists we’ve ever seen. There’s a massive dance floor at B.B. King’s so you can shake what you’ve got.

B.B. King's - Music Walk on Nieuw Statendam
B.B. King’s

In addition, the World Stage is on decks 2 and 3. This is where you’ll find more stage performances, comedy acts, and live shows. You’ll also meet at the World Stage before embarking on many of your excursions in port.

Dining on Deck 2

There are lots of dining options on deck 2 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main dining room spans deck 2 and 3. There are also a couple of specialty dining restaurants (Pinnacle Grill and Rudy’s Sel de Mer), the Ocean Bar, and Club Orange.

Main Dining Room on Nieuw Statendam
Main Dining Room on Nieuw Statendam
Pinnacle Grill on Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Pinnacle Grill
The Ocean Bar - Nieuw Statendam
The Ocean Bar

BLEND is the first specific venue for wine blending at sea. Every month, passengers will blend over 150 bottles of red wine in this unique experience. While Justin and I decided to partake in a beer tasting instead, we’d love to try blending our own wine on our next cruise.

BLEND Wine Blending at Sea - Nieuw Statendam
BLEND Wine Blending at Sea - Nieuw Statendam

Notes is another little bar on board and it’s for the whiskey lovers out there. The Notes bar has over 120 different kinds of whiskey, including some rare selections. There’s an interactive menu board and multiple options for every taste and preference.

Notes whiskey bar - Nieuw Statendam cruise ship

There are also lots of shops on decks 2 and 3 to buy souvenirs, duty free goods, jewelry, necessities that you forgot from home, or whatever you’d like to get a little bit of retail therapy.

Shops on Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam Deck 3: Promenade

A few spaces from deck 2 span two levels to deck 3: the World Stage and the Dining Room. You’ll also find plenty of shops, a casino, the photo shop, guest services, the art gallery, and my favorite place on deck 3: the Grand Dutch Cafe.

Casino on the Nieuw Statendam and atrium
Shops on promenade deck of Nieuw Statendam
Wonder Photo Shop on Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Nieuw Statendam art gallery

The Grand Dutch Cafe is right near the central atrium on the Promenade deck. I really loved getting a freshly brewed coffee here, prepared from the ship’s Rotterdam 1873 coffee beans. You can even buy their roasted coffee beans to bring home with you. They offer Dutch specialty treats, 16 Belgian and Dutch beers (four beers on tap), and other traditional Dutch light bites and snacks.

Grand Dutch Cafe - Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line
Grand Dutch Cafe - Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line
Grand Dutch Cafe - Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line
Grand Dutch Cafe - Nieuw Statendam - Holland America Line

Nieuw Statendam Deck 4/5/6: Beethoven/Gershwin/Mozart

These three decks have lots of staterooms that you may call home for your cruise.

Nieuw Statendam Deck 7: Schubert

Deck 7 (Schubert) also had mostly cabins, though there is one small difference. The Neptune Lounge is on the Schubert deck. It’s an exclusive place to relax, socialize, and take advantage of a personal concierge. There are complimentary beverages, cookies, pastries, and even champagne. The Neptune Lounge is available to suite guests. We haven’t lived that “suite” life just yet, so we haven’t personally seen the Neptune Lounge ourselves. Maybe one day we’ll treat ourselves to it!

Nieuw Statendam Deck 8: Navigation

The Navigation deck on the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship has primarily staterooms, but this is also where you’ll find the Bridge.

Nieuw Statendam Deck 9: Lido

On the Lido deck of the Nieuw Statendam deck plan, you’ll discover all sorts of delicious food at the Lido Market, and then you’ll have opportunities to work off the food you ate.

Dining Options on Deck 9

The Lido Market is Holland America’s take on the buffet, only it’s better. You don’t need to worry about picking through stale food, food that’s been manhandled by other passengers, or food that’s not at a good temperature any longer. The Lido Market has several individual stations where you’ll find freshly prepared food for many different tastes. The food is all scooped and served onto plates by staff members behind the glass. This prevents cross contamination and improper food handling that can often lead to outbreaks of illnesses on board.

Lido Market on Holland America Nieuw Statendam
Lido Market on Holland America Nieuw Statendam
Lido Market on Holland America Nieuw Statendam

The Italian specialty restaurant, Canaletto, serves up delicious meals at night near the Lido Market. We dined here on one occasion and had delicious and artfully prepared vegan meals. Check out all of the vegan food on Nieuw Statendam in our guide.

Risotto at Canaletto on Nieuw Statendam

Craving something a little more sinful? Dive In has lots of fast food options, including burgers, hot dogs, and fries. There’s always a veggie burger on the menu, too. We dove right in to burgers and fries on more than one occasion!

Dive In - fast food on Nieuw Statendam and Holland America Line
Dive In - fast food on Nieuw Statendam and Holland America Line

Right beside the Dive In, there’s an authentic gelato bar. Gelato does come at an extra cost, but it’s inexpensive and definitely worth it. There was only one vegan gelato option on the menu, which was a banana gelato. Oh my goodness, it was so yummy!

Gelato bar on Nieuw Statendam

Swimming Pools, Fitness Center, and Spa

Located mid-ship, take a dip in the large Lido pool and savor a drink from the Lido bar. There are many loungers to relax in the sunshine. On both deck 9 and 10, there are places situated around the pool where you can dine, lay on a comfortable chair or couch, or curl up with a good book. The pool area has a retractable roof so you can enjoy it, no matter the weather. On warm and sunny days, they’ll open up the roof above the pool.

Lido Deck Pool on Nieuw Statendam
Lido Deck Pool on Nieuw Statendam
Lido Deck Pool on Nieuw Statendam

On one end of deck 9, there’s a state of the art fitness center, rooms for fitness classes, and the Greenhouse spa and salon. As we were sailing during our anniversary, Justin and I got hot stone massages at the spa and they were heavenly.

Fitness center on Holland America Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Fitness center on Holland America Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Fitness center on Holland America Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Fitness room for yoga on Nieuw Statendam
Greenhouse Spa massage room on Nieuw Statendam

At the other side of the Lido deck, there’s the smaller Sea View pool with incredible views facing the back of the ship. There are plenty of chairs and loungers here where you could easily spend all day soaking up the sunshine.

Sea View Pool and hot tubs on Nieuw Statendam
Back of the ship pool on Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam Deck 10: Panorama

Deck 10 has more dining options, like the specialty restaurants, Tamarind and Nama Sushi. There’s also the New York Deli & Pizza, another one of our favorite places to eat on the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship. You can customize your pizza however you like it. I always ordered a pizza without cheese (there isn’t any vegan cheese on the ship) and with lots of vegetables. You can also get bagels in the morning and snacks at night, like kettle chips and popcorn.

New York Deli and Pizza Nieuw Statendam
Vegan Pizza from Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam Deck 11: Sun

The Sun Deck has lots of room for exercise and outdoor activities. You’ll find the ship’s jogging track and outdoor fitness machines on deck 11. There’s nothing like running or walking laps with amazing views of the ocean. The Sport Court has two basketball nets and soccer balls for an opportunity to get competitive with your friends.

Basketball net at the sports court - Nieuw Statendam
Outdoor exercise machines on the HAL Nieuw Statendam
Jogging track on the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Jogging track - Nieuw Statendam photos

Other fun games around the ship include ping pong and shuffleboard. Justin and I had some competitive matches for both games during our seven days on board.

Shuffleboard on Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam Deck 12: Observation

The Observation Deck is a small space on the ship, but there are a couple of key spaces on this highest deck. First, the Explorations Central & Cafe at the Crow’s Nest offers another wonderful coffee experience. You can also order Americanos and lattes here, as well as iced coffees, frappuccinos, and other frozen concoctions.

Explorations Central and Cafe - Nieuw Statendam
Explorations Central and Cafe - Nieuw Statendam
Explorations Central and Cafe - Nieuw Statendam

Enjoy your coffee in this room with a view at the top and front of the ship. The Shore Excursions desk is inside the Crow’s Nest, and there’s also a meeting room, books to read, and even a communal puzzle to put together.

Shore excursions desk on Nieuw Statendam
Explorations Central and Cafe at the Crow's Nest - Nieuw Statendam
Explorations Central and Cafe at the Crow's Nest - Nieuw Statendam
Explorations Central and Cafe at the Crow's Nest - Nieuw Statendam
Puzzle to put together on Nieuw Statendam

The Retreat is a quiet place on board to rest and rejuvenate in peace. There are private cabanas, sun beds, lounge chairs, and a private bar service. The Retreat also ensures that you have a place to lounge, no matter what time of day. You need to book the Retreat in advance to ensure your spot and it comes at an extra cost. We haven’t personally tried The Retreat, but it looks super luxurious!

The Retreat - Nieuw Statendam cruise ship - Holland America Line
The Retreat - Nieuw Statendam cruise ship - Holland America Line

Entertainment and Events on Board

On sea days, check the “When & Where” guide for daily activities. There are dance classes, ping pong tournaments, talks about history and nature, trivia and board games, and so much more. You’ll also find activities on board during port days for those who like staying on the ship, as well as entertainment options at night. There are movies playing nightly on the big screen by the pool with popcorn always available, of course.

Movies at night on Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Statendam Photos: Tour of the Galley

We took a tour of the galley one morning to gain insights into the behind-the-scenes operations in preparing the food on the cruise. Did you know that the average weekly consumption of melon on board totals a whopping 4000 lbs? And the total amount of fresh vegetables for the passengers on board for the week is 18,000 lbs? There are a lot of mouths to feed, and the kitchen staff runs a “tight ship” (pardon the pun!). There’s a huge focus on cleanliness, being quick and efficient, and following a set of protocols that even includes official guidelines on plating meals.

Tour of the galley - kitchen on board Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Tour of the galley - kitchen on board Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Tour of the galley - kitchen on board Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Tour of the galley - kitchen on board Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Tour of the galley - kitchen on board Nieuw Statendam cruise ship
Tour of the galley - kitchen on board Nieuw Statendam cruise ship

Where Does Nieuw Statendam Sail?

Currently, the Nieuw Statendam cruise ship sails around Europe in the summer and the Caribbean in the winter, making two trans-Atlantic crossing (repositioning cruises). We went on our Holland America cruise to Norway round trip from Amsterdam. In our situation, the flights aren’t too long from Toronto to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a pretty accessible location for those living in Europe, too. There’s also the option of extending your stay by booking a hotel in Amsterdam and exploring Amsterdam for a while longer. The Caribbean is also an extremely popular destination in the winter, especially for Canadians like us!

Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam cruise ship

We hope you enjoyed this virtual tour around Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam cruise ship. It was such a treat to sail on this new and shiny vessel that will be the home of many delightful memories for many years to come.

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2 Responses

  1. Elizabeth Zink

    I have taken 23 cruises, 10 of them on HAL. I never would have recognized these pictures as a HAL ship. Too shiny, only one flower arrangement, no nautical art that I saw. Where was the teak walking deck, the Lincoln Center Stage, aka Adagio, they are nice pictures, but would not entice me to sail on it.

    • Lauren

      Elizabeth, the ship has such a modern feel and the artwork all over the ship is so beautiful! The Lincoln Center Stage is pictured (shared with B.B. Kings) and there is a separate theater (not pictured). Our room had its own flower arrangement. I’m sorry you feel that way but I feel like I wouldn’t want to sail on any other ship as this one was perfect in my eyes.