From Ton Rijppaert I received a picture of the plate that was issued this first week of December on board of the Nieuw Statendam to the guests who had witnessed the four-day “trial run” from Venice to Rome.
On the 29th of November 2018 the official transfer of the New Statendam to the Holland America Line took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera (Italy). A four-day ‘trial run’ was made from Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia). The new plate was issued during this trip. We keep an eye on the auction sites!
On December 5th the ship left Civitavecchia for her ‘maiden voyage’. It is a 15-day transatlantic crossing to Fort Lauderdale, the home port in the USA. On the cruise, Cartagena and Malage (both Spain) are visited and Funchal (Madeira). Spring 2019 the ship will return to Europe. From the 5yh of May 2019, cruises will be made to the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic Sea, Iceland and the North Cape.
As soon as the physical plate is part of the collection, it will be included under ‘inaugural plates’.