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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!

  • Andrew & Nicola Fishburn

    Travelling on the 12-night Mediterranean Mosaic cruise departing 27 April, for our Silver Wedding anniversary, so excited

  • Robyn Lieberman

    Thank you so much for sharing this special event with all of us reading your blog! We board for premier voyage in 8 days & can’t wait!

  • Richard & Yvette

    Koningsdam looks amazing, we are sailing on the 21 day Carribean cruise, on the 19th Feb 2017. We have never cruised before and booked this cruise for our 40th wedding anniversary really looking forward to been on board. 325 days to go.

  • Malcolm Blease

    Will be there for first voyage on 8th April, can’t wait

  • Ad Stuurman

    Cant wait untill May for our first cruise to our favorite country Norway.

  • Sharon bickford

    Sailing on the 15th of April, booked this cruise in _December of 2014 and its almost here, cannot wait, love HAL, cruise with them all the time. Welcome koningsdam can’t wait to meet you

  • Kim and Jenny Chapman

    We will be joining Koningsdam on April 8 for the premiere Mediterranean voyage.

  • Anna Don

    we are joining the Koningsdam om her first trip after official naming ceremony in Rotterdam.

  • Allan Mantel

    We have not as of yet booked a cruise on her, but hopefully we will. Maybe in the Caribbean next year.

  • Richard Kroeger

    Congratulations HAL! We are looking forward to sailing on the ms Koningsdam in October to celebrate my 60th birthday. We will be on the Mediterranean Mosaic.

  • John & Anita Zavacky

    We were there in Hoboken to welcome the ss “Rotterdam” on her maiden call in 1959. Then we welcomed the mv “Nieuw Amsterdam” to New York in 1983. We welcomed the mv “Zuiderdam” to the fleet in Port Everglades in 2002. And in a few days, we’ll get to welcome the mv “Koningsdam” to the long line of great ships with an historic past (and future, too). We are so very anxious to sail on this ship’s maiden voyage next week. Sailing this coming Friday may be our 45th cruise, but it is a most wonderful “first” for us.

    Smooth Sailing.

  • Lisa

    April 8,2016

  • Tim Bowman

    We’re on the 20 day Christening Cruise.

  • Susanne Treacy

    We will be meeting you in Rome on April 27th! The six of us are coming from Seattle, WA, Salt Lake City, UT and Hayesville, NC respectively!
    Can’t wait!!!!! Our first time in Rome and cruising the Med! 🙂

  • Leo de Bruin

    Congratulations HAL,

    We are delighted to join this beautiful ship on April 15, 2016 for a 24 days trip.

    Kind regards,

    Esther & Leo de Bruin

  • Nancy Levac

    We are looking forward to our first experience on board this new ship when we sail from Ft Lauderdale on November 23 in the Caribbean.

    We hope that it is everything that we currently enjoy on another cruise line.


    Jim and Nancy Levac

  • David Morris

    We can’t wait to travel to Italy from the USA for the 12 day Western Mediterranean cruise in October. We’re also looking forward to staying in the Vista Suite!

  • Kay

    Boarding 15th april. Cant wait…

  • Debbie

    Sailing 14 days November 9th to 23rd.

  • Bob Hale

    I should have applied for a Cruises Director’s position years ago when a HAL Captain suggested it! Now, at this age, I suspect I’d be hired only for ships being sent to “other companies”…or maybe even “to the bottom”!

    Bob Hale

  • Chris

    Maiden voyage. Exiting!

  • naomi adonailo

    i am very excited to be sailing on the koningsdam leaving rome on 4/27/16 and debarking in amsterdam, the netherlands on 5/22/16. we are especially excited to be on the premier voyage where the koningsdam’s official naming ceremony will take place in rotterdam, the netherlands on 520/16. im on my way to becoming a 4 star mariner, and would sail no other line but holland america.

  • Bjanekramer

    We have a 60th Wedding Anniversary coming up on June 16th and I’m trying to convenience my husband of how exciting a cruise would be aboard this beautiful ship. Neither one of us have ever been on a cruise.

  • Dianne and Allert Van Geuns

    This time next week we will boarding for our first time as four star and are we excited first to sleep in the bed and many other firsts on the Koningsdam . Booked 12 months ago worth the wait only a few more sleeps.

  • Jenny

    Sailing from Amsterdam on the 18 th September this year , SO excited. Just love Holland America Line

  • Ray Markham

    We are on Baltic cruise 28th August out of Amsterdam, so looking forward to boarding this magnificent vessel! Excited yes! Also looking forward to the SS suite and its new layout.

  • Karen Hossack

    I can’t wait to board this beautiful new ship on June 12th.

  • Leung Tat Kam

    We are booked on the 12D Mediterranean Mosaic sailing on April 27th. Can’t wait!

  • John Hogan

    Anxious to board next Friday in Rome!!!

  • Marangos

    Our group of 12 is extremely excited to be part of this historic journey for Holland America. As veteran cruisers, this is our first inaugural voyage. Once aboard, can’t wait to be true explorers!
    The Marangos Group of 12

  • Marcy

    We’ll be sailing on her on December 4th! Can’t wait!

  • Elliot Axel

    Ship is registered in the Netherlands??
    Why Nassau on the stern?

  • Gwynne M Nicholaides

    How very exciting for you!

  • Sally Lynn MacDonald

    Premiere voyage, in just over a week. Cannot wait!

  • Petrus Huijgen

    Looking forward to cruising this grand ship on May 9 from Civitaveccia Italy, to Amsterdam Netherlands.
    Peter and Sylvia

  • Marianne Hoek-de Lange

    I will sail on the 9th of May to enjoy the ceremony.Can’t wait to join you.!!
    Happy sailing. Kind regards ,Marianne .

  • Celia Hampson

    We are so excited to be on the Koningsdam’s premier voyage!

  • Michael P Cunane

    Looking forward very much to my very first Holland & America cruise

    Delighted to be sailing on the first voyage on April 8th 2016 .

  • Corma Fadgen

    Can’t wait until it comes to the caribbean

  • Joling

    Looking forward to coming on board April 8 in Civitavecchia 🙂 Our first Maiden Voyage ever…

  • Miranda

    I look forward to seeing all of the photos from her first sailing on April 8th, and am excited to board her this December!

  • Donna Dean

    Extremely excited to sail her for the 21 day North Isles and Viking Sagas on August 26, 2016. Have thoroughly enjoyed the daily blog by Captain Albert. First Holland America non-charter cruise.

  • Rich K

    Wife and myself will be on the 9 May sailing to enjoy the new ship, some new ports and the naming ceremony.

  • Sandi Vanderveldt

    Congratulations with the New ship! We can’t wait to sail with her to Norway from Amsterdam. Gefeliciteerd !!!


    So excited about this new ship. We sail on her transatlantic to Rome, April 2017…Cannot wait as we really enjoy Holland America.

  • Sri S Jacobs

    Will be there on April 8 – April 27 so see you

  • Cees Kloppenburg

    Congratulations to all of HAL with your newest ship Koningsdam
    Looking forward to see myself the result of all the work done.
    See you on the Christening cruise May 9th.

  • Don Barry

    Looking forward to sailing on April 15th and meeting the crew and the Captain and our friends Wayne and Gail and John and Sandra.

  • Vickie Morgan

    Sailing on May 9 and looking forward to all the celebrations involved with the Christening and naming

  • Carol

    Taking the whole family on the Christmas cruise from Fort Lauderdale. My second cruist with Capt. de Vries!!

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