Koningsdam Lookbook: New Ship Photos of Public Rooms & Milestone Sea Trials

The countdown to Koningsdam‘s arrival is on, with only a couple of more months to go until Holland America Line takes delivery. The Pinnacle-class ship returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard Saturday, Jan. 16, after successfully completing two sets of sea trials off the Italian coast.

The line’s newest ship, that will debut in Venice in early April, left Marghera Jan. 2 and performed the first set of sea trials over three days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard, where standard hull maintenance was performed.

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The ship sailed its second sea trials Jan. 10 through 16, making its way back to Marghera, where the finishing touches will be completed. During the sea trials, Koningsdam underwent a series of performance tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines.

“Koningsdam is a new class of ship for Holland America Line, so everyone was eager to get the ship out in the open water for the first time on sea trials,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Koningsdam delivered a strong performance and is now back at the ship yard for the final phase of work in anticipation of the early April delivery.”

Captain Emiel de Vries, Koningsdam’s master-designate, has not yet taken command of the ship, but he participated in testing the ship’s maneuvering characteristics and safety systems together with the shipyard’s team of naval architects and builders.


Ed van Weijen, the ship’s electrical project manager at the yard, sent in these fabulous photos that show the ship’s progression. The public rooms are taking shape and are easily identifiable. Photos showcase the the dry dock work, as well as all of the work on board creating beautiful public spaces and guest accommodations. Note that some of the photos are a couple of weeks old, so the rooms will have changed a great deal between then and now. Things move very quickly when building a ship!

The two-story Lido pool area.

The two-story Lido pool area.



The two-story Lido pool area, right, and Lido Market.

Another of the Lido area, right, and Lido Market.

At the dry dock in Trieste.

At the dry dock in Trieste.

The Atrium is coming along nicely. Top is current and bottom is a rendering of what it will look like when complete.

The Atrium is coming along nicely. Top is current and bottom is a rendering of what it will look like when complete.

World Stage is progressing. The top is current, bottom is a rendering of what it will look like when complete.

World Stage is progressing. The top is current, bottom is a rendering of what it will look like when complete.


The gorgeous chandelier in The Dining Room was installed then taken down while the ship is completed.

The gorgeous chandeliers in The Dining Room are a beautiful element of the decor.

There’s more progress of the ship to be seen in the coming weeks, so check back for updates on Koningsdam’s exciting transformation. With several firsts for Holland America Line such as family staterooms for up to five guests, single staterooms, a two-story Lido pool area, new dining venues and entertainment options like never before, we’re sure you’re as excited as we are to step onboard!

If you want to cruise, check out the ship’s inaugural season itineraries in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and the Caribbean.

Will you be cruising on Koningsdam when the ship debuts? Which onboard area are you most excited to see?


Join the Discussion


  1. Patricia De Paolo January 29, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    The Worlds Stage & the Farmers Market.

  2. Sharon McGhee January 29, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Going in August to Norway…counting the days!!

  3. Marcy January 29, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    We will be celebrating my husband’s 60th birthday on her December 14th sailing out of Florida. Our very good friend, who lost his wife this past summer, is joining us thanks to the availability of a single stateroom. We all are very excited to sail on what is sure to be another beautiful and elegant HAL ship!

  4. aart January 29, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply


  5. Bill Woods January 29, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    We are booked on the Sept. 4th Baltic cruise, and can’t wait to explore the whole ship with all the new amenities. The double lido deck looks great.

  6. Ann Heflin January 29, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    It looks great. Main floor.

  7. Chris January 29, 2016 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    We’ll step onboard on her November 23 abd am so excited! I do have one obscure, technical question.

    Will muster be moved indoors as I presume? I ask because I see no way the Promenade can fit all mustering guests since most of it is much more narrow than the rest of the fleet.

  8. Carolina Ocampo January 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    We are looking forward to sail the Koningsdam on April8,2016

  9. Margie Beeker January 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I am booked on the April 8 Premier Voyage. I am very excited to see the MS Koningsdam and to be among the first to sail on her.

  10. Richard January 29, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I will be celebrating my 60th birthday this year. I want this milestone to be a memorable event so I contemplated on how I wanted to celebrate it. We have traveled to many destinations but our cruises on Holland America have always been memorable, relaxing and rejuvenating. So I started my research on how I wanted to celebrate this event. I believe the ms Koningsdam and sailing the Mediterranean will be a great experience. I am looking forward to our sailing on the ms Koningsdam for the Mediterranean Mosaic departing October 12th. Thank you Holland America for giving us this opportunity.

  11. Pamm January 29, 2016 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I’d love to be part of the testing team. If you have any friends family dry runs planned please let me know. We’re sailing to Alaska in August can’t wait.

  12. Lourdes Alfonso January 29, 2016 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Love the Company can’t wait to see the new Koningsdam.

  13. Barbara Sigler January 30, 2016 at 12:32 am - Reply

    I think the service on Holland America is first class would love to see your new ship

  14. Barbara Sigler January 30, 2016 at 12:33 am - Reply

    I think the service on Holland America is first class also the food and the help is always been great I would love to see the new ship

  15. Nancy January 30, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I really like the look of the new style Lido pool area!

  16. Dennis Walton January 30, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

    northern Europe and Mediterranean are of interest

  17. Antonius Feenstra January 30, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    We are extremely curious and more and more excited to come on board on April 8 to see all the results of all the work that has been done to this new flagship of the Holland America Line.
    It is great to finally see some of the actual photographs of the progress that has been made which until now has been has not been shared with us mariners who are very interested in how it will actually come together and will look like compared to the renderings of the designers.

    To be able to track the sea trials on Marine Traffic was very intersting .

    Ton Feenstra

  18. George and Jennifer Ratzlaff January 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    We are looking forward to boarding the Koningsdam in Amsterdam on May 22nd on its voyage through the Norwegian Fiords. We have travelled with Holland America on many occasions and are looking forward to being on a brand new ship!

  19. Josette Wahl January 30, 2016 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    My biggest interest is seeing the hydrotherapy pool, area and the single cabins. Thank you.

  20. Maryann Faust January 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    My husband and I have been anxiously waiting to make reservations at the Sel de Mer restaurant but so far have not had success. Please let us know when reservations are possible. We are sailing April 8 and are very excited about HAL’s new ship.

  21. Ron Veltman January 30, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    very beautiful ship. can not wait to board her.

  22. Sandra Hutchins January 30, 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I really want to see our beautiful veranda cabin.

  23. Margaret telford January 30, 2016 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I love u guys

  24. Bob Russell January 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    My room then I will know I am aboard after that everywhere.

  25. Mary Hamilton January 30, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    One fine baby for those who enjoy global 7 seas adventure. Loverly!

  26. Judy Powers January 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Looking to cruise in April 2017 for 30th anniversary.

  27. Karen January 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    We are celebrating a family vacation on the Koningsdam in July to Norway! We love Holland America. We are so excited to see this new ship! Thanks for including the HA families who in this celebration!

  28. Lonnadeen Bullock January 31, 2016 at 1:11 am - Reply

    My friend and I will be sailing on the 2nd cruise – April 15 – leaving from Rome. Can’t wait! I know the ship will be beautiful. I hope the passengers on the first cruise don’t mess it up, too much. lol!

  29. Fran and Rick Allen January 31, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

    We sail on the 4/15/16 portion of debut….excited to experience a new ship and our second HAL cruise…Alaska 6/2015 was fabulous. How can we pick only one area to be excited about??? Our stateroom is of definite interest…Vista Suite!!! Bags are almost packed!!!!

  30. Desiree January 31, 2016 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Wij gaan varen op 3 juli vanuit amsterdam na noorwegen een week.

    we gaan dan op huwelijksreis eindelijk 31 oktober 2014 getrouwd.maar we wachten tot dat de koningsdam gaat varen.
    dus nog even geduld hebben

  31. Lauri aH January 31, 2016 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    She is beautiful isn’t she?! Will be on her Oct 24th 2016! Halloween should be an interesting evening on our Passage to America!

  32. Heinz Toroxel January 31, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    We used to see the progress on the “Eurodam” blog – perfect! We waited a long time for the same thing on the “Koningsdam – OK now !!! We will be on board on April 8th. Can’t wait.

  33. Gary Croft January 31, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    My wife and I are making
    our first transatlantic cruise on
    Koningsdam first crossing Oct 24 so excited !

  34. Joy Taylor February 1, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Me and my family are going on April 8th from Rome. Can’t wait.

  35. Ben B February 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Booked on July 3rd can’t wait to see the ship

  36. Carla Liem-Hertog February 2, 2016 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    wij hebben geboekt voor de zesde keer met de HAL. 22 mei Noorse Fjorden met de ms Koningsdam. Wij verheugen ons emorm.

  37. Cameron & Wanda Nicolson February 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Will be celebrating our 50th in St Petersburg with friends on the September 4 cruise from Amsterdam. Looking forward to a wonderful time on this new ship.

  38. Rosemary Kopec February 3, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

    We are celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary sailing on the Koningsdam on Nov. 13, 2016
    ( Caribbean sailing). We spent our 40th on the Statendam in Alaska! Can’t wait to see her. Looking forward to the Lido pool.

  39. Lynda Willey February 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    We will be sailing with you on April 12 2016 for a 12 day cruise and are very excited to see the Koningsdam . This will be our 7th sailing with Holland America. Our first sailing was to Mexico for our 30th anniversary in 2008 on the Oosterdam.

  40. Cynthia Snow February 5, 2016 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to returning to HAL and the beautiful new ship August 14, 2016, 21 days Amsterdam to Iceland and Norway.

  41. Ken Glace February 6, 2016 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks to HAL’s decision to make single staterooms available, I’m really looking forward to the Sept 4 departure to an area on my “bucket list”. Ship looks gorgeous.

  42. C.A. van der Kooy February 8, 2016 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Gaan voor de zevende keer met de HAL cruisen.
    9 Mei inschepen op de Koningsdam voor de doopcruise naar Amsterdam.
    Ben aan het aftellen ! :-)

  43. Martin Annes February 9, 2016 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Can’t wait till it’s April 8th . See you in Rome.

  44. jacqueline February 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I and my husband and our son sailed the 9 november 2016 from Ford Lauderdale to the Bahamas. We are looking forward

  45. Thom Abeles February 10, 2016 at 10:00 am - Reply

    My wife and I will be celebrating our 29th anniversary on the February 19th 2017 sailing out of Port Everglades. We will be sailing along with my mother, the three of us are very excited to see this beautiful ship. Fantastic job, look forward to more updates throughout the next year.

  46. Johanna Oostewegel February 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Boarding on April 8 and staying on until April 27, so excited, I will be a 5 star mariner on that voyage. Another item on the bucket list crossed off.
    Ik hoop dat het een goede vaart zal zijn, leuk om een van de eerste op het schip te wezen.
    In jaren geen Nederlands geschreven,

  47. Bill McCracken February 12, 2016 at 12:23 am - Reply

    My wife and I celebrate our 53rd Wedding anniversary on the 14Day Viking Saga Cruise on the New and Exciting Konningsdam in August.
    Can’t wait.

  48. Lila Bassam February 12, 2016 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Please bring her out to Sydney Australia !! great looking ship.

  49. Maureen Hockings February 12, 2016 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Have been on two Hholland America cruises doing a third in June Baltic Highlands would love to see this new one,

  50. Kay February 12, 2016 at 3:43 am - Reply

    I have been following ms koningsdam’s build for some time. We sail on April 15th starting in Rome….24 nights of heaven. 3rd cruise with HAL.

  51. Brunella February 13, 2016 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Sto seguendo passo dopo passo i progressi della nave e ho capito che sarà meravigliosa.
    Sono orgogliosa di salirci con mio marito e mia figlia il 10 luglio 2016 per una straordinario viaggio nel sole di mezzanotte. Sto già sognando !
    A presto Koningsdam …

  52. Linda Sims February 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    We will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on the Koingsdam sailing from Rome on April 15. This will be our second time on Holland America and we are looking forward to seeing this beautiful ship!

  53. Jeanine and Pete Hurst February 15, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Stepping onboard November 13th. Will be cruising the Caribbean for 21 days celebrating our 50th anniversary!!!! So looking forward to the trip!

  54. Peter & Glynne Henderson February 17, 2016 at 3:38 am - Reply

    She looks great. Looking forward to our April cruise. The Theatre should be beautiful. Also all the dining areas sound so enticing. Worth coming from Australia I am sure.

  55. Gulliver56 February 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Embarcamos en Amsterdam el próximo 19/06/2015. Nuestro segundo crucero con HAL y decimotercero en total. Mis expectativas pintan bien.

  56. Linda Hamilton February 20, 2016 at 7:06 am - Reply

    We are getting very excited! April 8 not far now and then 19 glorious nights . . . So much to explore. We hope to renew our vows after 36 years on this cruise. See you there ;)

  57. Linda Hamilton February 20, 2016 at 7:14 am - Reply

    We are getting very excited! April 8 not far now and then 19 glorious nights . . . So much to explore. We hope to renew our vows after 36 years on this cruise. See you there ;) We leave Australia March 22 to tour Italy first.

  58. Wendy George February 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Beautiful looking ship. We love “Firsts” and this will be our first Holland America Line cruise. We leave Sydney, Australia to be on the Premiere voyage April 8 to April 27 . Getting very excited!

  59. Bert van der Zweth February 23, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I will celebrate my retirement on the Koningsdam sailing from Amsterdam on
    July 17th 2016. This will be our second time on a Holland America Line cruise ship and we are very much looking forward seeing this beautiful ship!

  60. ilene kahn February 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Going on the cruise from Amsterdam on 6/12/16- very much looking forward to it.

  61. ruth and irving batts February 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    we are so excited. we will be celebrating my husbands 76th birthday. leaving on nov 9th out of ft lauderdale. ship looks great. working on 5 stars.

  62. JOHN AND JEAN MEIGHAN February 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Boarding May 9th we are so looking forward to this cruise what an opportunity to sale on a new ship and it looks so beautiful roll-on May we are Excited !

  63. Jeff February 28, 2016 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Looking for couple to share cab from LeHavre to Paris round trip from the May 6 cruise

  64. Andrew & Nicola Fishburn March 4, 2016 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    My wife and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on the Koningsdam on the cruise from Rome 27th April. This is our 3rd cruise with the fantastic HollandAmerica line. Always had a fantastic time your line and so excited to see such a wonderful new addition.

  65. Staffan and Uraiwan Jeppsson March 7, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

    We will board in Fort Lauderdale on November 23rd for a fantastic 11 days cruise in the Caribbean.
    Looking forward to our 5th cruise with HAL now on fantastic M/S Koningsdam!

  66. Gwen and Casey[Kees] Hoogeveen March 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Our 53rd cruise on HAL and 2nd Christening.
    It certainly looks very special.
    See you on board on May 9th.

  67. Jane Heath March 14, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Is there a Casino?

  68. Margaret Corcoran March 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Just booked for Nov23rd. Can’t wait.

  69. George Poe March 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    We will leave on the second cruise to Greece, Turkey and Italy as a part of out celebration of 50 years of marriage. We could not be more excited but we just hope the madness going on in Istanbul, Brussels and other places doesn’t spoil the trip.

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