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Holland America Line Takes Delivery of ms Koningsdam from Fincantieri

Exciting news! Holland America Line took delivery of ms Koningsdam today, officially making it the first Pinnacle-Class ship in the fleet. The signing ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.

Quintano and Ashford shake hands after signing the papers.

Quintano and Ashford shake hands after signing the papers.

Following the signing, the Dutch flag was raised on the ship for the first time. Koningsdam is registered in the Netherlands.

The ship flew the Italian flag while at the yard, and now it's flying the Dutch colors.

The ship flew the Italian flag while at the yard, and now it’s flying the Dutch colors.

The ship will soon make its way to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, for its Premiere Voyage departing April 8. Following a series of premiere Mediterranean voyages, Koningsdam’s official naming ceremony will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 20.

“Today is a day of celebration for the entire Holland America Line family, and a milestone in our company history. We all share in this proud moment as we welcome Koningsdam to our fleet,” said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line. “Koningsdam looks spectacular, beyond our expectations, and we thank all those involved for their dedication and commitment in bringing our vision to life.”

In attendance, from left: Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse; Koningsdam's Captain Emiel de Vries; Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman Micky Arison and President and CEO Arnold Donald; and Ashford.

In attendance, from left: Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse; Koningsdam’s Captain Emiel de Vries; Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman Micky Arison and President and CEO Arnold Donald; and Ashford.

Following the naming festivities in May, the ship will head to its summer home port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and sail a series of northern Europe and Baltic cruises before returning to the Mediterranean in September. In the fall, the ship will head across the Atlantic Ocean to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where it will homeport at Port Everglades and spend the season exploring the Caribbean.

The 99,500-ton vessel accommodates 2,650 guests and is the ultimate expression of Holland America Line’s brand evolution. Koningsdam debuts several innovative concepts and new public spaces and venues while still featuring popular amenities guests associate with the cruise line. The ship will feature Holland America Line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travelers among its 1,331 guest accommodations.

Guests will delight in new fine-dining options at alternative restaurants Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie, and an immersive farm-to-table concept dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine. Grand Dutch Cafe debuts onboard with traditional Dutch treats and European beer, while a redesigned Lido Market with themed serving stations revolutionizes the buffet experience. A stunning main dining room is a focal point of the ship, and favorites return such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind.

Onboard entertainment will be taken to a new level with the energetic Music Walk area featuring all genres of music showcased in venues including Lincoln Center Stage, offering chamber music nightly; Billboard Onboard, where live musicians rock the crowd with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED projection at World Stage, new concepts for show-time performances will immerse the audience in panoramic visual and sound effects.

Stay tuned for more exciting Koningsdam news as the ship gets ready for its Premier Voyage!

Who’s excited to sail on Koningsdam? Which voyage are you joining? Tell us in the comments below!


    16 day Passage to America October 24, 2016 followed by the 4 day Caribbean November 9, 2016 with 37 excited friends and family members and then returning on March 1, 2017 for an 11 day Southern Caribbean itinerary! !

  • Barbara Wendell

    Booked on the Voyage to America in October/November and am really looking forward to it!

  • Raewyn & Allan Reid

    Looking forward to our 21 day Baltic cruise departing Amsterdam on the 28th August 2016, to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary.

  • Rosemary

    Looking forward to May 9, 22016

  • Janet and Gary Smith

    Looking forward to the preview voyage – so exciting!

  • Ken Wells

    My wife and I are looking forward to spending our 21st wedding anniversary on the maiden voyage, April 8th. Bon Voyage to us all. . .

  • Robert, Trudie and Eliza Sharpe

    We are cruising on the 8th April and can not wait to embark on this ship as we are so excited to see her in the flesh.
    Excited is not the word.

  • Janet & Marty Muniz

    Oh my! Little did we know when we booked the ms Koningsdam while on the remarkable trip to South America last March, that we would be cruising the April 8 Premiere Voyage. We expect this to be equally fabulous.

  • Mona khateeb

    Boarding 15th april in her second voyage. Cant wait…

  • Kees van der Kooy

    Kijken er naar uit om op 9 mei in te schepen voor de Doopcruise naar Amsterdam.
    Irene & Kees

  • Laurie and David Albahari

    Celebrating our 25th anniversary on ms. konigsdam April 27th ….. So excited first time on HAL.


    We will be sailing in dec 4 aboard this new ship, we love sailing with Holland America

  • Louky Duin

    We will leave from Rome on the 8th of April.
    Nico and Louky Duin

  • Gulliver56

    please all who sail before me the 19/6: ¡¡ take care of the boat !!
    have a good trip.

  • Pat

    Booked Nov. 23, 2016. Looking forward to cruising on this beautiful ship.

  • Annie and Jerry Van Munster

    We booked the Norse Legend and Northern Isles on Aug 7- 2016
    Looking forward on this beautiful Koninsdam

  • Karen and Dwayne Johnston

    Looking forward to celebrating our 29th anniversary on the 18th during the Christening Cruise.

  • Herman H. Zonligt

    As a long time mariner I, ever since the announcement that Holland America was going to introduce a new ship to her elegant fleet, have been looking forward to board the cruise during which she would be officially named. The more teaser-video’s I saw, the more eager I grew. May 9th, when embarking in Civitevechia, this dream is going to take place in reality. I now can’t wait to board her and be present at her official naming ceremony in Rotterdam. May God’s speed be with her and her crew.

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