Nieuw Statendam
Nieuw Statendam / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Greenhouse Spa on Nieuw Statendam
Greenhouse Spa on Nieuw Statendam / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Dining on Nieuw Statendam
Dining on Nieuw Statendam / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Pinnacle Suite on Nieuw Statendam
Pinnacle Suite on Nieuw Statendam / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Lido Pool on Nieuw Statendam
Lido Pool on Nieuw Statendam / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Rolling Stone Rock Room on Nieuw Statendam
Rolling Stone Rock Room on Nieuw Statendam / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Club HAL on Nieuw Statendam
Club HAL on Nieuw Statendam / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
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Nieuw Statendam

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

This is a cruise ship for grown-ups — especially those who love music. Launched in December 2018 as Holland America Line's second Pinnacle Class ship (following 2017’s Koningsdam and followed by 2022’s Rotterdam), 2,668-guest Nieuw Statendam takes beloved old-school basics that appeal to mature cruisers (think formal nights, traditional afternoon tea, and live music you can dance to), and adds a sophisticated, modern polish. The result? An onboard experience that hits the mark with older Baby Boomers while also leaving room to grow with younger Boomers and older Gen-Xers in their late forties and fifties. Also appealing are the sleek and uncluttered décor, the two pool areas on deck 9 (Lido with its retractable roof and Sea View located aft and offering plenty of sun), The Retreat on deck 12 (only for guests who’ve rented cabanas), and art curated by Miami-based YSA Designs that’s refreshingly contemporary and music-inspired. 


What We Love

Music Walk: This interconnected area on deck 2 is the place to be before and after dinner, as rotating sets spanning musical genres from classical to blues and rock fill it with an almost nonstop upbeat vibe. Guests can head to Billboard Onboard where a piano duo entertains with focused sets, such as the Sixties or Great Standards; a resident rock band plays classic hits from the Seventies to present day in the Rolling Stone Rock Room; and a multifaceted ensemble performs rhythm & blues favorites (from Motown to Muddy Waters) in B.B. Kings Blues Club.

Deck 4 Staterooms with Large Balconies: It’s one of the great conundrums of cruising: While cruise lines are offering higher percentages of balcony cabins on ships, most balconies have shrunk in size. If you’re a fan of stretching out in your own private outdoor space, the balcony staterooms located forward and aft on deck 4 (the Beethoven Deck) will feel luxe, with balconies that are two to three times the normal size. 

Active or Enriching Sea Days: Cruisers who love a day at sea can enjoy a few rounds of pickleball on the ship’s courts (lessons are available, too) or head to Explorations Central for enrichment activities, card games, jigsaw puzzles, and reading. The World Stage also offers EXC Talks on a number of topics by day and innovative nighttime entertainment set against a dynamic two-story panoramic LED screen.

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A Premium Cruise Experience at an Attractive Price: Nieuw Statendam’s contemporary ambiance, combined with truly affordable seven-night cruise fares, make it an appealing option for those looking for an elegant cruise experience that won’t bust the budget.

Specialty Dining Restaurants with Excellent Cuisine: While you can eat in the casual and complimentary Dining Room (where menus rotate and are varied), Lido Market, and New York Deli & Pizza, Nieuw Statendam’s specialty restaurants, which can be booked for an added cover charge that’s typically quite reasonable, are worth a try. Our favorites: Tamarind for creative pan-Asian dishes, Pinnacle Grill for steak and seafood inspired by the Pacific Northwest (lunch is an especially good deal), and Rudi’s Sel de Mer for French seafood (priced a la carte, it’s a memorable choice for a special celebration). Reserve well in advance, as the restaurants can sell out weeks (and even months) ahead of embarkation. 

Who It's Best For

Mature Cruisers Who Prefer Live Performances to DJ Parties: Passengers will definitely feel their heart race aboard Nieuw Statendam as they dancing to Motown hits at B.B. King’s Blues Club or rock out to classics at the Rolling Stone Rock Room (your ears will vibrate at the latter, too, as it can get quite loud). But, with its mostly mellow daytime vibe and lack of poolside antics, this ship is designed for low-key couples at or approaching retirement age — not life-of-the-party types.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Active Kids Might Be Bored: This ship, while geared for older cruisers, does attract multigenerational families in the summer and around the winter holidays. Without waterslides, an aqua park, or other high-energy activities, however, younger children, tweens, and teens who associate cruising with big splashes and adrenaline rushes might be disappointed. There is an onboard Kids Club for children ages 3-17. Younger kids (3-6) can enjoy crafts, games, and theme parties. Tweens (7-12) have their own area with LED screens for Xbox Kinect tournaments and movies, while teens (13-17) can hang out in The Loft, designed to resemble a New York artist’s loft that features music, video games, and movies.

Donna Heiderstadt
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger
Cruise Expert