BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Broward County’s Port Everglades is welcoming Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship, Nieuw Statendam, on its maiden call to the United States. The ship arrived early this morning and its inaugural Port Everglades sailing is scheduled to depart at 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, December 19. The ship returns Sunday, December 23.

"Holland America Line has been a primary customer for Port Everglades since the mid-1930s. This winter season, we will welcome 10 Holland America cruise ships, and have the distinct honor of being the host port for the Nieuw Statendam’s official naming,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. Neiuw Statendam will be named on February 2, 2019 at Port Everglades.

The ship sailed to Port Everglades on a transatlantic voyage from Civitavecchia, Italy, which began on December 5. The 99,902-ton vessel accommodates 2,666 guests and is the second ship in the line’s Pinnacle class. The ship features purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travelers among its 1,377 guest accommodations.

Holland America accounted for more than 11.5 percent of the total number of cruise passengers who traveled through Port Everglades in FY 2018 (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018).

About Holland America Line
(A division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:  CCL and CUK)
Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company’s cruises visit all seven continents, with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations, EXC In-Depth Voyages, Cuba cruises and exotic Australia & New Zealand and Asia voyages; two annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada & New England, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line welcomed Nieuw Statendam in December 2018. A third Pinnacle-class ship will be delivered in 2021.

About Port Everglades:
Located in the second largest county in Florida, Broward County’s Port Everglades is consistently ranked as one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world with more than 3.87 million passengers in fiscal year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018). Ten cruise lines, one ferry service and nearly 40 cruise ships sail from the South Florida seaport including: Balearia’s Bahamas Express (ferry), Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Pearl Seas Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, and Silversea Cruises. The Port's wide-ranging fleet of cruise ships provides guests with an array of cruise vacation choices from the Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach area.  More information is available at porteverglades.net, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or by contact us by emailing PortEverglades@broward.org or calling 954-523-3404.

DATE: December 19, 2018 
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Port Everglades 
PHONE: 954-468-3508 
EMAIL: ekennedy@broward.org