Holland America’s next ship to be called Nieuw Statendam

Nieuw Koningsdam

Holland America Line said its next ship due in 2018 will be named Nieuw Statendam.

HAL officials made the disclosure at the Rotterdam christening ceremony of its latest ship, Koningsdam. Nieuw Statendam will be a sister ship to the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam.

Last year, the 1,258-passenger Statendam was transferred to the fleet of P&O Cruises Australia and renamed the Pacific Eden.

Five previous ships in HAL history have carried the Statendam name.

Cruise ship’s crew keeps it all afloat

Thanks to the Crew Center.com

Sketched June 1, 2015

With 192 cruises scheduled out of Seattle this year, a scene similar to what I saw recently at Pier 91 repeats almost daily throughout the summer.

Cruise ship baker Allan Isuela and his crew were rushing to make hundreds of bread rolls down in the galleys and casino manager Stoyan Stefanov was taking a final walk through the slot machines on deck eight. Earlier in the morning, 1,200 passengers had disembarked from the Statendam cruise ship, and, just hours later, a new load of passengers were boarding for another two-week journey to Alaska and back.

My whirlwind sketching tour of this Holland America boat took me through piano bars, swimming pools and multiple theaters. What surprised me the most, though, was that 95 percent of the 571 crew are from other countries. Isuela, a 23-year veteran with the cruise line, lives in the Philippines and Stefanov, who has held his job for 12 years, is from Bulgaria.

Despite being away from home for months at a time, Stefanov said the job is fun and rewarding. “People are on vacation … they are always happy.”

Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario: 206.464.8795 orgcampanario@seattletimes.comon Twitter: @seattlesketcher. Gabriel Campanario illustrates life in the Puget Sound region. He has been living and drawing in Seattle since 2006. He’s a Seattle Times artist, founder of Urban Sketchers nonprofit, Spaniard, husband and father.

New branding for P&O Cruises Australia

‘Like No Place on Earth’ is how P&O Cruises Australia will promote its fleet which will grow to five ships in November next year with the addition of Holland America Line’s Ryndam and Statendam to be renamed Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria.

New branding for P&O Cruises AustraliaSnr vp Tammy Marshall said the heavenly, otherworldly theme captures the essence of sea holidays where passengers are whisked away to another world.

Marshall said company research shows consumers want to know there will be plenty of choice on their holiday.

‘We think this new direction achieves that,’ she said. ‘It is sophisticated, a little sassy and conjures feelings of escape, freedom and space with an element of luxury.’

She said while the latest cruise industry statistics show Australians and New Zealanders are leading the world in terms of cruise passenger growth, there are still many people who haven’t cruised.

‘With this fresh, contemporary repositioning, we’re looking to remind our existing loyal customers how wonderful a holiday at sea is, whilst also attracting new cruise guests,’ she said.

‘The wealth of choice on a P&O Cruises’ holiday means you can experience modern cuisine, exciting entertainment and unparalleled destinations — it really is like no place on earth.’