Newbuild Milestone: Koningsdam Floated Out at Fincantieri Shipyard

Newbuild Milestone: Koningsdam Floated Out at Fincantieri Shipyard

Another milestone was reached in the construction of Koningsdam with the float-out and transfer of the ship from its dry dock to its outfitting dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.

Water touching the hull of Koningsdam for the first time.

Water touching the hull of Koningsdam for the first time.

Koningsdam moving to the outfitting dock with the assistance of a tug.

Koningsdam moving to the outfitting dock with the assistance of a tug.

At the outfitting dock, final construction and interior furnishing will take place until the ship is delivered March 31, 2016. This short video shows a little movement of the ship from the drydock.

“A ship’s construction has many key milestones, and floating it out and moving it to the outfitting dock is especially symbolic,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The float-out represents that we are getting closer to welcoming Koningsdam to our fleet and seeing the ship in the water adds to the excitement among our loyal guests, travel agent partners and employees in anticipation of its arrival.”

Coin Ceremony for Good Luck

A coin ceremony also was held earlier on Feb. 26, when Tineke Schröder, wife of the founder of Dutch airline Martinair and a member of Holland America Line’s Mariner Society, served as the ship’s madrina.

The coin ceremony, clockwise from top left: Madrina Tineke Schröder; Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri Shipyard, Martin and Tinke Schröder, and Keith Taylor; the Schröders; and Keith and Tinke.

The coin ceremony, clockwise from top left: Madrina Tineke Schröder; Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri Shipyard, Martin and Tinke Schröder, and Keith Taylor; the Schröders; and Keith and Tinke.

During the coin ceremony, observed as a tradition to bring good fortune, two gold coins were welded to the forward mast of the ship by Schröder; Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri Shipyard; and Keith Taylor, executive vice president, fleet operations, for Holland America Line, followed by speeches and a blessing by the shipyard chaplain.

The gold coins bear the image of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the ship’s name pays honor to the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.

These two gold coins were welded to the ship for good luck.

These two gold coins were welded to the ship for good luck.

Funnel Arriving at the Shipyard

On February 10, the ship’s funnel arrived at the yard, and this is another significant milestone on the building of a ship. After all, with all of the different cruise lines plying the oceans around the world, the funnel – usually bearing the company’s logo – is often the key to distinguishing which company the ship belongs to. And Koningsdam is no different with its white funnel proudly displaying the Holland America Line logo.

Koningsdam's funnel arriving at the shipyard.

Koningsdam’s funnel arriving at the shipyard.

What is your favorite construction milestone? Stay tuned to the blog for more exciting Koningsdam developments!


Join the Discussion


  1. Mitchell Schueler March 8, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Thanks for the update! We love Holland America cruises and are 3 star mariners and have booked passage in Sept. 2016 for the Baltic cruise! You are just the BEST !!

  2. Alber de Haas March 8, 2015 at 11:39 am - Reply

    What a beautiful ship. I will be on that ship when it is finished. Congratulations to H.A

  3. gabriel de leon alanis March 8, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

    outstanding ship we are looking forward 6 in our family to cross the atlantic in this ship next october 2016, congratulations.-

  4. Dan Estep March 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to sail on Koningsdam soon!

  5. Susan Cumby March 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    beautiful ship can hardly wait until she sails to Fort Lauderdale

  6. Rense Boersma March 8, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    We booked the first sailing with this new vessel, departure 20 th Februari 2016.
    But I read now in this article, that delivery of the vessel will be 31 th March 2016.
    Is this correct?

  7. Paula Thomson March 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    would love to be on her maiden voyage if possible. Please send me info.


  8. Johanna Oostewegel March 8, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I can hardly wait to be on her for the first voyage. I have booked into a sole cabin, another milestone for me. I will be a five star mariner on this trip, if all goes well.

  9. Swifty March 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    So excited about the new build. I can’t wait to sail on the first Caribbean voyage in the Fall of 2016. What a masterpiece!

  10. Bernardine Kelly March 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to sailing in April 2016. Prefer the smaller ships but very excited to be part of the premier sailing of a new ship. Delay should provide us with great weather. Maybe for good luck I should bring along the silver spoon my Dutch Oma sent to me in Canada commemorating the birth of the now king for whom this ship is named. My first HAL cruise was on the Maasdam in 1968 across the Atlantic to visit all my Dutch relatives for the first time. I was 15 years old and sailing with my friend of the same age ( no parents). Don’t think that would happen now. My mother who will be 90 this month crossed from Rotterdam to New York in 1948 for a vacation but never used her return ticket. Quite a story.

  11. John Fisher March 9, 2015 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Will you be issueing complimentary air to Europe for this sailing?

  12. Frederik Willem Luitwieler March 10, 2015 at 5:43 am - Reply

    I have already booked for 2016 and am looking forward to the third trip with Holland America Line.

  13. Andree March 10, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

    We are booked on her!

  14. Grace March 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    We are four star mariners. I hope withthis delay of the new ship, that they will put two tv’s in the Vista Suites, because we usually book this type of cabin and we like to sit and watch tv, but not go to bed and watch it. We really want to book the new ship , she looks great. What do the wheelchair cabins look like?

  15. John Hogan March 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Ship looks wonderful! Can’t wait! We are booked and have rolled out departure date to the new date of April 8th. Keep the progress reports coming!

  16. Rita March 18, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    I have searched this site from beginning to end. What is the size of this ship, what is the passenger capacity, and what is the crew size?

    Thank you,

  17. Lynette Kriz March 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    We have booked a Vista Suite for the maiden voyage. With the date change will this still be considered the maiden voyage with the christening etc.? This is one of the main reasons we booked.

  18. Lynette Kriz March 19, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Will the April 8 date still be considered the maiden voyage?

  19. Sherry March 19, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Looks like another wonderful HAL ship entering the fleet. My first cruise was on the Statendam IV — not the current one — the one built in 1957. We sailed on her in 1975, fell in love with cruising and HAL. We’ve been on the other lines but none compare to HAL which is why we’ve sailed over 20 times with the line. Everything about Koningsdam looks beautiful and elegant — not a rock climbing/bumper car/ice skating rink in sight — just pure classic cruising elegance and wonderful dining venues. Thank you HAL for launching another beautiful ship for us to enjoy. Your new entertainment alliance with Lincoln Center etc looks terrific. Can’t wait to experience it.

  20. Roberto Cabingue March 22, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Welcome to the family of Holland America Line looking forward to work with you soon!

  21. Erich Maarten Frisch March 25, 2015 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Lovely, she is beautiful! Well, now you have gone and done it! I suppose if you twist my arm long enough I will naturally agree to come to work on this fine vessel. I have often wondered as I have wandered the corridors and stairwells about the people who have the amazing good fortune to be able to purchase and curate all the fantastic artwork around the ships. Inevitably I say to no one in particular “I could do this for a living! What a career!” of course it will mean taking early retirement from my employer of the last twenty-two Years. I think I will be able to manage the guilt. Speaking of gilt, when do I get to meet the person I will be assisting on this adventure?

  22. Ronald Andrus March 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    looking forward to our upcoming atlantic crossing on the King in October 2016. This trip will make my wife and I 4 star mariners. From what i have seen in pictures this is going to be one DAM beautiful ship..

  23. JanRotterdam March 27, 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to board this beautiful ship on april8th2016

  24. Andrew Beharry. March 28, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

    My wife and I are a 5 star and we love Holland America and we have over 70 +sailing
    And we will be on this beautiful craft

  25. Derek Speake April 20, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Looking so much to being on board in 2016 She look really nice and graceful

  26. Jean Pierre May 20, 2015 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Well very sorry but I regret that HAL is following the trends of some other lines to build bigger ships of more as 2500 passengers. There are enough of them.
    The market for the small and midsize ships is much more interesting. Have been on several HAL ships and I prefer the 1200 passenger ships as Veendam, Statendam etc.
    Smaller ships are entering ports and places where the bigger are not coming.

  27. Louise & Robert July 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    We are 3 stars Mariner, and have already booked “Voyage to the Midnight Sun” for July 2016 on the magnificent and elegant Koningsdam of Holland America. It will be another dream cruise.

  28. Lyn July 9, 2015 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Heard that the first two cruises have been dropped. Was it because of the building deadline being moved backward perhaps? We’re booked for the 28 day April 15, 2015 cruise. Our fingers are crossed that the deadline impinge on that date.

  29. Paula Weaver July 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    We are 3 star Mariners. Certainly a beautiful boat. We have been on larger ships and have noticed that you adjust to the 3000+ passenger size quickly. Embarkation can be a little slow on larger boats.
    Currently considering the October 2016 Trans Atlantic itinerary.

  30. John & Friederike Wiedemann - North Texas August 28, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

    We just booked the TransAtantic cruise from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale for October 24, 2016.
    Included the Explore4 package, too ! Even my first choice verandah suite was available.
    Life is good !!!

  31. john October 9, 2015 at 12:57 am - Reply

    What is the lentgh of the Koningsdam, can’t find that info anywhere. It’s the finest looking ship we have ever seen, we are booked on the oct. 24 ,2016 transatlantic voyage, can’t wait. My firsr cruise was on the Statendam, nyc to bermuda, in 1978!

  32. randy March 31, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    booked for nov. Caribbean cruise, we are pretty excited to go on the new ship !

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