Koningsdam’s Design Secrets Revealed in New Video Series with Adam D. Tihany

For Koningsdam, Holland America Line leveraged the talents of internationally acclaimed hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany to create unique and striking spaces throughout the ship. In a new video series — “Conversations with Adam D. Tihany” — we give viewers a glimpse into the vision of the designer and his inspiration behind the ship’s interiors.

In the first video, Tihany reveals how the “Architecture of Music” and the curves of particular instruments influenced public spaces on the ship. Viewers will learn how Tihany’s vision creates a story that is told through the design and décor of the ship’s venues.

“Koningsdam interiors are stunning thanks to Adam’s incredible talents, and this video series is an exclusive opportunity to learn how this world-renowned hospitality designer created a vision for our newest ship and brought it to life,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We’re introducing several new venues on Koningsdam, and Adam’s signature style of sophistication and innovation is going to create an impressive onboard ambiance for our guests — classic with a modern twist.”

The second video in the series will touch on the design behind Koningsdam’s culinary outlets that include hallmark venues such as The Dining Room, Lido Marketplace and Pinnacle Grill, as well as the new Sel de Mer and reimagined Culinary Arts Center. In the final video Tihany will share how the art of design can influence a guest’s exploration of new places and emphasizes his design goal of creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience that entices a guest to return.

World renowned hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany shares his vision Koningsdam in the new video series.

World renowned hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany shares his vision Koningsdam in the new video series.

“The concept behind ‘Architecture of Music’ is not loud, so to speak, but presents opportunity for discovery throughout the ship,” said Tihany. “The design on ms Koningsdam tells an unique story — one that I love to tell and that I hope will keep guests coming back to experience again and again.”

Explore The Dining Room in ‘Countdown to Koningsdam: Episode 5’

In Episode 5 of “Countdown to Koningsdam,” Holland America Line’s Senior Vice President of Guest Experience Product Development Michael Smith takes guests inside one of Tihany’s creations: The Dining Room.

The Dining Room is where all of the Koningsdam’s guests will dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a more formal setting. The ambiance of the two-story restaurant is light, airy and striking, with several impressive new features for a Holland America Line ship. The centerpiece of The Dining Room is a dramatic wine tower that will entice guests to select a bottle to enjoy during the meal. Also featured is a sweeping staircase that joins the two levels.

On the menu will be Holland America Line’s signature dishes, classic selections, regionally inspired cuisine and Culinary Council recipes from the world-famous chefs who compose the group, including Holland America Line’s Master Chef and Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin, and renowned international chefs Mark Best, Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres.

Stay tuned for more “Conversations with Adam D. Tihany” videos as well as “Countdown to Koningsdam” episodes.


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  1. Frederik Luitwieler March 8, 2016 at 4:26 am - Reply

    Dear editing team:
    I would appreciate a detailed tour report video of the new ship (MS Koningsdam).
    Thanks ang greatings, Frederik Luitwieler.

  2. Carolyn March 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Ready to leave in 2 days for the South America 38 day cruise, and you can be certain this will be the next Holland America ship we cruise on! So beautiful!

  3. […] I was extremely impressed with the decor, and frankly, the amazing artworks throughout the ship were mind-blowingly good. The entire ship has a musical theme, and this is reflected from the art to the carpet, from the restaurants to the three-story, circular midship atrium, to the name of each of the decks, and this was orchestrated (pun intended) by architect Adam D. Tihany. […]

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