Holland America Announce the MS Koningsdam - Cruise Direct Blog
MS Koningsdam, a 2,650-passenger ship is a new Pinnacle Class. This is currently being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard. Since the company’s foundation in 1883, every passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that tradition. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name resonates the truly majestic nature of the new ship. The name also pays honour to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.
Holland America Line has a long, proud history of the Netherlands. All of the 15 premium cruise ships fly the Dutch flag as they sail throughout the world, to more than 400 global destinations. Nearly one million guests each year travel with the company, many returning years on year to soak up the tradition and elegance onboard. The cruise line also has many Dutch employees, including most of the fleet’s captains and officers. Many of Holland America Line’s ships have been christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years. Most recently, ms Nieuw Amsterdam was christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima in 2010 and previously, in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
New design for a new class of ship
When it debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland America Line. At 99,500 gross tonnes and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, the vessel is the largest ever built for the company. With this dramatic increase in size, Holland America Line is able to provide more opportunities to guests, with new public spaces and venues, and several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam. Familiar spaces and amenities currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet will continue to be found on the new ship.
To bring a clean and fresh vision to MS Koningsdam, Holland America Line worked closely with Adam D. Tihany, one of the world’s outstanding hospitality designers. The two firms will create a modern and contemporary ambience while incorporating Holland America Line’s classic hallmarks. Holland America Line previously worked with distinguished maritime designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten who worked with Holland America Line on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Eurodam.
For more information about Holland America Line cruises, or to book your next cruise, contact our cruise specialists on 0800 484 0374 or check out our website: http://www.cruisedirect.co.uk/holland-america-line
- 19th September 2014
- Louise Hopper