Last week, Holland America Line celebrated the keel laying for the first ship of its new Pinnacle Class.
The ceremony, held at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, was marked by the lowering of a 680 ton block into the yard’s building dry dock. This milestone is a major event during the development of a cruise ship, marking the official start of the new ship’s construction.
“The keel laying of our new Pinnacle Class vessel heightens the anticipation for delivery because very soon we’ll see the ship begin to take shape,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “As the largest ship ever built for Holland America Line, the vessel features many innovations and new features, and we’re excited to see it all come together over the next year and a half.”
The new Pinnacle Class ship, currently without a proper name, will clock in at approximately 99,500 GRT, carry 2,650 guests, and feature a number of new amenities not currently offered by Holland America Line. The new ship is expected to enter service for the line in February 2016.