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Koningsdam’s Summer 2016 Season Announced — Ship to Sail from Amsterdam

In summer 2016, Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will sail out of the port of Amsterdam, marking the first time the company will have three ships sailing out of three Dutch ports: Koningsdam out of Amsterdam, Rotterdam out of Rotterdam and Prinsendam out of Ijmuiden.

The ports of Amsterdam, top, and Rotterdam hosted press events today to announce Koningsdam's new itineraries. In the center photo are Mark Kammerer, vice president, international marketing and sales; Rene Kouwenberg, director of the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam; and Nico Bleichrodt, managing director, sales and marketing — North and Central Europe.

The ports of Amsterdam, top, and Rotterdam hosted press events today to announce Koningsdam’s new itineraries. Pictured are, from left, Mark Kammerer, vice president, international marketing and sales; Rene Kouwenberg, director of the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam; and Nico Bleichrodt, managing director, sales and marketing — North and Central Europe.

Koningsdam will debut a series of northern Europe and Baltic cruises as part of the premium line’s robust Europe season that features seven ships sailing throughout the region. Koningsdam’s summer itineraries — and all of Holland America Line’s 2016 summer Europe sailings — will be available for booking in early February.

Following a series of previously announced seven- and 12-day Premiere Sailings from Feb. 20 through April in the Mediterranean, the ship will reposition from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, to its summer homeport of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Koningsdam will then go on to sail roundtrip Amsterdam itineraries to Norway, the Baltic and Iceland, where breathtaking vistas and grand fjords await. Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line said,

“For the first summer sailing season of our beautiful new ship ms Koningsdam, we’ve crafted some incredible itineraries to Europe’s most beautiful ports. We recommend booking early because response to Koningsdam’s Premiere Voyages was overwhelmingly positive.”

Koningsdam’s 13-day repositioning cruise from the Med departs May 9 and explores 10 ports in Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal, France, Belgium and the Netherlands before ending with an overnight at Amsterdam.

Kongingsdam Showcases Norway in Summer 2016

Once at Amsterdam, the ship will begin exciting seven- and 14-day cruises to Norway that showcase the country’s majestic scenery and quaint landscapes. A seven-day itinerary in May, July and August calls at Flam, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Oslo, with scenic cruising in Sognefjord and Oslofjord. Another seven-day itinerary in June and July calls at Eidfjord, Ålesund, Geiranger and Bergen, with scenic cruising in Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord. A seven-day voyage in August calls at Bergen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Ålesund and Eidfjord, with Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord scenic cruising.

A highlight of the Norway cruises is the call at Geiranger at the heart of Geirangerfjord.

A highlight of the Norway cruises is the call at Geiranger at the heart of Geirangerfjord.

A longer 14-day Norwegian exploration departs May 29 and July 17, and crosses the Arctic Circle while calling at eight ports in Norway. Guests also will enjoy memorable scenic cruising in Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord, Trondheimsfjord, the North Cape and Sognefjord.

British Isles and Baltic Round Out Koningsdam Europe Highlights

Travelers looking to visit the British Isles and Iceland can embark Koningsdam Aug. 14 for a cruise to Newcastle upon Tyne, England; South Queensferry (Edinburgh) and Invergordon (Inverness), Scotland; Reykjavik (overnight), Isafjordur and Akuruyri, Iceland; and Ålesund and Bergen, Norway.

Edinburgh, Scotland, left, and Reykjavik, Iceland, are two of the calls on the Northern Isles cruise. Photos courtesy of Jaap Wisse, left, and Jan Yetke.

Edinburgh, Scotland, left, and Reykjavik, Iceland, are two of the calls on the Northern Isles cruise. Photos courtesy of Jaap Wisse, left, and Jan Yetke.

The Baltic awaits Koningsdam’s guests on two 14-day itineraries in June and September, also sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam. The ship calls at the most sought-after ports in the region, with visits to Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde (Berlin) and Kiel (Hamburg), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg (overnight), Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden.

Calls at St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen are featured on the Baltic cruises. Guests can explore each port on tours like An Evening at Tivoli Gardens on Your Own and Edinburgh Highlights & Castle.

Calls at St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen are featured on the Baltic cruises. Guests can explore each port on tours like An Evening at Tivoli Gardens on Your Own and Edinburgh Highlights & Castle.

At the end on the season, Koningsdam sails from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia on a 12-day journey that visits England, Gibraltar, Portugal and four ports in Spain. On Oct. 24 the ship repositions to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a 14-day voyage that crosses the Atlantic following calls at Alicante, Malaga (Granada) and Huelva (Seville), Spain; and Funchal, Madeira.

Koningsdam’s Premiere Voyage and Sailings

As previously announced, Koningsdam’s seven-day Premier Voyage sails roundtrip from Civitavecchia departing Feb. 20 to Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kérkira (Corfu) and Katakolon (Olympia), Greece; and Naples, Italy. The 12-day Premiere Sailings that follow are two alternating itineraries roundtrip from Civitavecchia. The “Greek & Turkish Treasures” itinerary calls at Katakolon, Piraeus (Athens), Rhodes and Crete, Greece; Istanbul (overnight) and Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; and Naples, Italy. This itinerary also will be offered Sept. 30, in addition to the Premiere spring departures.

The “Mediterranean Mosaic” itinerary spends 12 days visiting Naples, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; Gibraltar, British Territory; and Cádiz, Málaga, Cartagena and Barcelona (overnight), Spain, sailing roundtrip from Civitavecchia. In addition to the Premiere spring departures, this itinerary also will depart Oct 12.

About ms Koningsdam

Koningsdam represents a new Pinnacle Class of ship for Holland America Line. The vessel will debut several innovative concepts and new public spaces and venues, while still featuring popular amenities guests associate with Holland America Line.

To bring a fresh vision to ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line tapped Adam D. Tihany, one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality designers. Tihany joins distinguished maritime designer and architect Bjørn Storbraaten who worked with Holland America Line on ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam. The two firms will create an interior that blends a fresh, contemporary styling in perfect harmony with the line’s renowned classic elegance.

The line recently unveiled the first series of interior renderings for ms Koningsdam on their website, and additional details will continue to be revealed over the coming months, including plans for the ship’s official christening.

Are you looking forward to ms Koningsdam’s summer 2016 itineraries? Let us know which cruise you want to book in the comments!

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48 Comments
  • Mary Hendren

    I’m so excited to be booked on the Koningsdam for it’s inaugural voyage in February 2016. Right now it seems so far away, but the time will go in so quickly. Can’t wait…..

  • Dina Oosten

    we are interested in a cruise in july 2016 to the Fjorden and Iceland with the Ms Koningsdam!

  • Lucy

    Already booked for the premier cruise Feb 20,2016 on this Koningsdam.

  • David, Ports of Call

    This is great news! I can’t wait to see Koningsdam launch next year – the renderings and videos are very promising indeed.

    The 14th August trip sounds like a really great itinerary. I’m in the south of the UK so a chance to visit Edinburgh and Inverness would be great. Iceland is on my bucket list so Reykjavik, Isafjordur and Akuruyri would see that ticked off in style. A call into Ålesund and Bergen would be the icing on the cake!

  • Stuart Falk

    I’m interested in the Koningsdam’s transatlantic sailing of October 10, 2016.

  • Darrow Clark

    When will the Koningsdam do its first trans Atlantic crossing?

  • Carol Keinard

    What a beautiful new ship! Holland America is our most favorite cruise line. We made our very first cruise in 1997. It was on the Statendam (sp) and it was the vacation of a life time. Three weeks before sailing we were upgraded from an outside to a deluxe suite. We felt so special because that cruise was celebrating our 25th anniversary. Since then we have been on several more Holland America cruises, three more to Alaska, and loved every one of them. Thanks Holland America for your excellent service.

  • Bea Peterson

    amsterdam, Baltic Sea, Copenhagen, Estonia,Kiel, warnemude,Kiel, st. Petersburg, Helsinki, Finland, Stockholm, Gothenburg… June sailing … Sounds great

  • Frances Taylor

    Britsh Isles and the Baltic, in fact any of the itineraries!!!

  • Huong Payson

    Should be fun to be on the first voyage of The Koningsdam….

  • Corma Fadgen

    Thanksgiving in the Caribbean. We have gone during this time for many years

  • Sue tuk

    Love a copy of itineries for the new ship of holland america interested in baltic cruise 14 dAys

  • Diane George

    Interested in 2016 Mediterranean Mosaic Cruise. My very first cruise was on the SS Rotterdam.
    We loved it. From the employees, who made you feel so welcome, to the delicious food. We have not found a better Cruise company than Holland America Cruise Lines.

  • Brenda Davis

    I am waiting for the Aug. 14th departure to British Isles and Iceland.

  • Carol Modest

    The British Isles and Iceland sounds very nice. I also like the 14 day Norwegian trip that crosses the Arctic Circle. You have such wonderful trips, there’s so many we like.

  • Cailin

    Dang, can’t wait to see the ENTIRE SEASON!
    I’ll be back after I’ve picked my SPECIAL CRUISE.

  • Jennifer Shields

    Please advise any reduced fare trips for solo passengers

  • leen Kruijthof

    We like to go for the 14 days to Norway on May 2016

  • Jan Koper

    I would live on this ship year-round!

  • Marny

    Copenhagen, Barcelona, Italy, Turkey, Netherlands, Greece– please send all itineraries including any of these ports.
    Include pricing please- and ship amenities and accommodations.
    Thank you!

  • Marny

    Enticing!

  • Sally

    We’re booked on her second cruise the 12 day Greece and Turkey

  • John Anderson

    We love HAL having taken Alaskan, Mexican and Caribbean cruises. Anxious to do a Baltic cruise but you still do not call on Lithuania

  • Varaporn thanyakittikul

    Looking forward to book June 16 for north europe itinerary.

  • Nilda Eisen

    hello,
    We are interested un the Baltic States cruises
    Thank you

  • Ron

    i was looking for the Norweagan Cruises on your web site. We are interested in the 14 day july cruise, where can i get more details please.
    Ron

  • Anja Zandvliet

    I am very much interested in going to Norway and the North Cape with ms Koningsdam on May 29 or July 17 2016!

  • Julie

    Jennifer, Koningsdam has solo cabins, so be sure to check them out! 🙂

  • Julie

    Ron, if you click on Europe the “Northern Europe” cruises will come up. All of the itineraries are on the site. Happy choosing! 🙂

  • peter Paget

    I cruise with my wife several times a year , we would like to give your Company a turn ,so please could you send us one of your brochures . Thanking you in advance and hope we can enjoy a Cruisewith you.

  • Tiffany

    I’ve already told my travel agent to send info on the October 2016 re-positioning cruise.

  • Marlies

    the mediterranean cruises in oktober to Greece/turkey/Italy, pls send prices etc.

  • leen

    Would love to do a round of iceland and the english islands!
    Places I would normally not go but they must be besutiful if the weather cooperates.

  • Julie

    Marlies, please reach out to a travel agent, your local Holland America Line offices or email HAL_reservations@hollandamerica.com, and someone will be happy to assist!

  • Julie

    Hi Peter, I sent your email to Holland America Line’s reservations team, but if you would be so kind as to reach out as well with your address, that would be great! HAL_reservations@hollandamerica.com.

  • Trudy Adema

    Sounds so exciting! We are interested in the repositioning cruise to Ft. Lauderdale on Oct. 24/16
    Looking forward to more information and details about this cruise. Will there be stops in the Caribbean before Ft. Lauderdale? (This will be a birthday celebration for us)
    Thanks, Trudy

  • xian

    Very exciting

  • David & Dianne Heuvelmans

    From our cruise last week on the Noordam we booked the Feb 20, 2016 Inaugural Cruise. 350 days to go. Happy Sailing.

  • Estelle Levenson

    We are very interested in going on the 29th May 2016 fourteen day cruise to Norway on the Koningsdam, More than likely 2 of our friends will join us. Last year we enjoyed cruising on the Rotterdam V1 from Dubai to Cape Town,our first HAL cruise.

  • Viola Ferrari de Jaunarena

    I love the itinerary of September 12 (Mediterranean) also the other one but would like to know prices

  • Julie

    Viola, please contact Holland America Line reservations (hal_reservations@hollandamerica.com) or your travel agent for pricing. Hope to welcome you onboard!

  • sandra fraser

    Prices please for your June Baltic cruise. 3 adults sharing. We have already cruised twice with you! Hopefully you still do 3rd travels free!
    Thank you

  • Julie

    Hi Sandra, the blog team isn’t able to assist with booking and pricing. Please contact HAL reservations at hal_reservations@hollandamerica.com or contact your travel agent. We hope to welcome you onboard for your third cruise!

  • Meredith

    Taking our 11yr old granddaughter on the 21 night summer cruise from Amsterdam in June/July. What on board activities will be available for her? Will BBC earth be a feature? And , most important, is the pool area all weather?

  • Julie

    Meredith, she’ll be able to enjoy the Club HAL facilities and there will be youth counselors onboard. Summer is a great time for kids! The ship’s Lido pool has a retractable roof so it’s ideal should it rain. As for BBC Earth, it’s rolling out across the fleet over time through Sept. 2016. Hopefully by next summer!

  • Carol Hughes

    We are booked on Aug 14 to Iceland. .was wondering if the Aurora Borealas was to be spotted be any outside chance, would we be notified so I don’t have to stay up every night?

  • Julie

    Should they be visible, you will be notified. The captain usually announces these things.

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