Koningsdam’s Offical Handover Ceremony, Venice Arrival and More!

Koningsdam’s Offical Handover Ceremony, Venice Arrival and More!

It’s been an exciting week for Holland America Line, and the festivities continue surrounding the debut of ms Koningsdam. The ship celebrated its official handover ceremony, first port plaque exchange, sailins and sailaways. Join the journey and come along as Koningsdam navigates its way through some fabulous firsts.

Official Handover Ceremony at Marghera
Holland America Line celebrated the delivery of Koningsdam with an official Handover Ceremony, luncheon and shipyard workers party aboard the ship Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.

In attendance at the ceremony was Italy’s Minister of Infrastructures and Transport Graziano Delrio, who expressed his appreciation for the long-standing relationship between Carnival Corporation, including Holland America Line and Fincantieri. A video was shown of the Italian flag being changed to the Dutch flag, as flown by all Holland America Line ships.



Fincantieri also presented ms Koningsdam’s Captain Emiel de Vries with a bottle containing the first water that touched ms Koningdam’s hull.


“The Official Handover Ceremony was a celebration of the years of planning and hard work that went into building our gorgeous new ship and a chance to honor all those who made this day possible,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Thank you to Fincantieri for being an exceptional partner. We look forward to beginning work soon on our second Pinnacle-class ship scheduled for delivery in late 2018.”

Following the official ceremony, the shipyard employees who worked over the past two years to build Koningsdam were invited onboard with their families to celebrate their accomplishment. Guests were treated to dinner in the Lido Market and a performance in World Stage, showing off the venue’s 270-degree LED projection. A tour of the ship allowed the shipyard employees to share the final result of their hard work with their families.

Koningsdam Arrives at Venice
The ship sailed into Venice, Italy, this past weekend for the first time and Holland America Line captured the arrival from the sky.


Venice Plaque Exchange with Port Officials
Upon arrival at Venice, the first plaque exchange ceremony took place onboard. Port officials and port agents presented Koningsdam’s Captain de Vries with special plaques and gifts, while the captain gifted them with a commemorative ship plate.

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford and Captain Emile de Vries accept a gift from a port official.

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford and Captain Emile de Vries accept a gift from a port official.







Captain de Vries presenting a beautiful Koningsdam plate.

Captain de Vries presenting a beautiful Koningsdam plate.

Stay tuned as Koningsdam celebrates more special events over the coming weeks.


Join the Discussion


  1. Elbert L.J. Bosma April 6, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    It’s good to be on a well run ship…asap.

  2. Marianne Johanna April 7, 2016 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Beste mensen,

    Geweldig wij kunnen niet wachten 17 juli 2016 gaan wij met z,n vieren naar de noordkaap voor 14 dagen vanaf Amsterdam ik hoop dat het als ouds gezellig gaat worden aan boord van het nieuwe schip wij als familie vinden elke keer weer geweldig om met de Holland America lijn mee te mogen gaan .
    Tot dan ,Dirk & Marianne
    Jan Willem & Maria Magdalena

  3. Harry de Rijk April 8, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Mijn vrouw en ik kijken uit naar de doopcruise op 9 mei 2016. We zijn benieuwd door wie het schip wordt gedoopt.
    Groet, Harry de Rijk

  4. Hans van Dongen April 12, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Ook wij kijken uit naar 9 mei om aan boord te mogen gaan voor de doopcruise.
    Hans van Dongen

  5. Ella van Beekom April 14, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Wij kijken uit naar onze cruise op 22 mei!!! Eerst nog de doop op de 20e in Rdam wat zal dat er mooi uitzien: de Koningsdam voor de zwaan aan de kade. Fotomomentje dat we niet willen missen.

  6. Georges Demaret April 17, 2016 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Wij gaan deze maal een cruise maken naar de Noordkaap voor een 2 tal weken met het nieuwe schip de Koningsdam vertrek op 17 juli vanuit Amsterdam.
    Wij kijken er naar uit om deze prachtige trip mee te maken.
    Georges & Josephine

  7. Marijke Elisabeth April 22, 2016 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Beste mensen,
    Kunnen niet wachten tot het 14 augustus is en we de reis naar IJsland kunnen gaan maken.
    Kijk nu steeds naar alle nieuwe berichten en foto’s.

  8. Alan and Amy April 24, 2016 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    We are booked on the May 09 departure from Rome to Amsterdam via Norway..20 days in total. We look forward to experiencing this wonderful new ship and the many restaurants on board. Until then, tot ziens!

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