Built: 1957 by Wilton-Fijenord, Schiedam, Holland
Gross tons: 24294 Length: 642ft (196m) Speed: 19kn
Width: 81ft (25m) Depth: 26ft (8m) Power: 22000 shp
Propulsion: Steam turbines twin screw
Passengers: 84 First 868 Tourist
End of service: Cruising only from 1966; sold 1982
The handsome Statendam followed in the 1950s in recognition of a growing demand for economical travel, with over 90% of the ship devoted to Tourist class.
Passengers enjoyed continental cuisine and devoted service by unobtrusive stewards in beautiful surroundings, highlighted by fine paneling, paintings, sculptures, mosaics and tapestries.