Officials hosted ceremony to celebrate construction milestone
Often regarded as a significant construction millstone, the first steel cutting for a new ship is usually marked with an official ceremony.
The first steel cutting for Holland America’s new Pinnacle Class ship was no exception, and Holland America’s president and CEO Stein Kruse hosted an event earlier this month to mark the official start to construction of the yet-to-be-named ship at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
The steel cutting ceremony marked the culmination of an intensive design and development period.
Speaking at the ceremony, Kruse said:
“This is a proud day for Holland America Line as we officially begin construction on our new Pinnacle Class ship.
We’re thrilled to be back at Fincantieri for such a milestone, and the next two years are going to be exciting as we unveil a host of new features that will be found onboard.
This is the 15th ship built for Holland America Line by Italian shipyard Fincantieri, which most recently constructed ms Nieuw Amsterdam that was delivered in July 2010.”
Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard and co-host of the steel cutting ceremony also had a few words to mark the occasion:
“Construction of this new Pinnacle Class ship marks our second decade of building vessels for Holland America Line. Starting with ms Statendam in 1993, our relationship with Holland America Line has evolved even as cruise ships have evolved over the past 20 years.”
About the Pinnacle Class:
Back in October 2012, Holland America Line announced a whole new class of ship, the first of which is due to set sail in February 2016. At the time, the cruise line said:
“The Pinnacle class will have exciting new culinary and entertainment venues, will take our premium accommodations to an even higher level and will include many energy savings measures that will enable us to achieve significant fuel efficiencies.”
Since, the company have put “blood, sweat and tears” into planning the new features.
The ship currently being built at the Italian shipyard will weight 99,500-ton and host 2,648 passengers. She will be the largest ever built for the line. She’ll also be the first vessel in the line’s new Pinnacle Class.
The Pinnacle ship will have a beam of 35 metres and will comply with the New Panamax dimensions, allowing her to cruise through the new wider locks currently under construction at the Panama Canal.
Additionally, the ship will have 12 enclosed passenger decks according to reports.
No further information is currently available about the new Pinnacle Class ship, but it’s expected a series of new features will be unveiled over the coming two years.