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Koningsdam Lookbook: New Ship Photos of Public Rooms & Milestone Sea Trials

The countdown to Koningsdam‘s arrival is on, with only a couple of more months to go until Holland America Line takes delivery. The Pinnacle-class ship returned to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard Saturday, Jan. 16, after successfully completing two sets of sea trials off the Italian coast.

The line’s newest ship, that will debut in Venice in early April, left Marghera Jan. 2 and performed the first set of sea trials over three days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard, where standard hull maintenance was performed.

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The ship sailed its second sea trials Jan. 10 through 16, making its way back to Marghera, where the finishing touches will be completed. During the sea trials, Koningsdam underwent a series of performance tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines.

“Koningsdam is a new class of ship for Holland America Line, so everyone was eager to get the ship out in the open water for the first time on sea trials,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Koningsdam delivered a strong performance and is now back at the ship yard for the final phase of work in anticipation of the early April delivery.”

Captain Emiel de Vries, Koningsdam’s master-designate, has not yet taken command of the ship, but he participated in testing the ship’s maneuvering characteristics and safety systems together with the shipyard’s team of naval architects and builders.


Ed van Weijen, the ship’s electrical project manager at the yard, sent in these fabulous photos that show the ship’s progression. The public rooms are taking shape and are easily identifiable. Photos showcase the the dry dock work, as well as all of the work on board creating beautiful public spaces and guest accommodations. Note that some of the photos are a couple of weeks old, so the rooms will have changed a great deal between then and now. Things move very quickly when building a ship!

The two-story Lido pool area.

The two-story Lido pool area.



The two-story Lido pool area, right, and Lido Market.

Another of the Lido area, right, and Lido Market.

At the dry dock in Trieste.

At the dry dock in Trieste.

The Atrium is coming along nicely. Top is current and bottom is a rendering of what it will look like when complete.

The Atrium is coming along nicely. Top is current and bottom is a rendering of what it will look like when complete.

World Stage is progressing. The top is current, bottom is a rendering of what it will look like when complete.

World Stage is progressing. The top is current, bottom is a rendering of what it will look like when complete.


The gorgeous chandelier in The Dining Room was installed then taken down while the ship is completed.

The gorgeous chandeliers in The Dining Room are a beautiful element of the decor.

There’s more progress of the ship to be seen in the coming weeks, so check back for updates on Koningsdam’s exciting transformation. With several firsts for Holland America Line such as family staterooms for up to five guests, single staterooms, a two-story Lido pool area, new dining venues and entertainment options like never before, we’re sure you’re as excited as we are to step onboard!

If you want to cruise, check out the ship’s inaugural season itineraries in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and the Caribbean.

Will you be cruising on Koningsdam when the ship debuts? Which onboard area are you most excited to see?

  • Patricia De Paolo

    The Worlds Stage & the Farmers Market.

  • Sharon McGhee

    Going in August to Norway…counting the days!!

  • Marcy

    We will be celebrating my husband’s 60th birthday on her December 14th sailing out of Florida. Our very good friend, who lost his wife this past summer, is joining us thanks to the availability of a single stateroom. We all are very excited to sail on what is sure to be another beautiful and elegant HAL ship!

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  • Bill Woods

    We are booked on the Sept. 4th Baltic cruise, and can’t wait to explore the whole ship with all the new amenities. The double lido deck looks great.

  • Ann Heflin

    It looks great. Main floor.

  • Chris

    We’ll step onboard on her November 23 abd am so excited! I do have one obscure, technical question.

    Will muster be moved indoors as I presume? I ask because I see no way the Promenade can fit all mustering guests since most of it is much more narrow than the rest of the fleet.

  • Carolina Ocampo

    We are looking forward to sail the Koningsdam on April8,2016

  • Margie Beeker

    I am booked on the April 8 Premier Voyage. I am very excited to see the MS Koningsdam and to be among the first to sail on her.

  • Richard

    I will be celebrating my 60th birthday this year. I want this milestone to be a memorable event so I contemplated on how I wanted to celebrate it. We have traveled to many destinations but our cruises on Holland America have always been memorable, relaxing and rejuvenating. So I started my research on how I wanted to celebrate this event. I believe the ms Koningsdam and sailing the Mediterranean will be a great experience. I am looking forward to our sailing on the ms Koningsdam for the Mediterranean Mosaic departing October 12th. Thank you Holland America for giving us this opportunity.

  • Pamm

    I’d love to be part of the testing team. If you have any friends family dry runs planned please let me know. We’re sailing to Alaska in August can’t wait.

  • Lourdes Alfonso

    Love the Company can’t wait to see the new Koningsdam.

  • Barbara Sigler

    I think the service on Holland America is first class would love to see your new ship

  • Barbara Sigler

    I think the service on Holland America is first class also the food and the help is always been great I would love to see the new ship

  • Nancy

    I really like the look of the new style Lido pool area!

  • Dennis Walton

    northern Europe and Mediterranean are of interest

  • Antonius Feenstra

    We are extremely curious and more and more excited to come on board on April 8 to see all the results of all the work that has been done to this new flagship of the Holland America Line.
    It is great to finally see some of the actual photographs of the progress that has been made which until now has been has not been shared with us mariners who are very interested in how it will actually come together and will look like compared to the renderings of the designers.

    To be able to track the sea trials on Marine Traffic was very intersting .

    Ton Feenstra

  • George and Jennifer Ratzlaff

    We are looking forward to boarding the Koningsdam in Amsterdam on May 22nd on its voyage through the Norwegian Fiords. We have travelled with Holland America on many occasions and are looking forward to being on a brand new ship!

  • Josette Wahl

    My biggest interest is seeing the hydrotherapy pool, area and the single cabins. Thank you.

  • Maryann Faust

    My husband and I have been anxiously waiting to make reservations at the Sel de Mer restaurant but so far have not had success. Please let us know when reservations are possible. We are sailing April 8 and are very excited about HAL’s new ship.

  • Ron Veltman

    very beautiful ship. can not wait to board her.

  • Sandra Hutchins

    I really want to see our beautiful veranda cabin.

  • Margaret telford

    I love u guys

  • Bob Russell

    My room then I will know I am aboard after that everywhere.

  • Mary Hamilton

    One fine baby for those who enjoy global 7 seas adventure. Loverly!

  • Judy Powers

    Looking to cruise in April 2017 for 30th anniversary.

  • Karen

    We are celebrating a family vacation on the Koningsdam in July to Norway! We love Holland America. We are so excited to see this new ship! Thanks for including the HA families who in this celebration!

  • Lonnadeen Bullock

    My friend and I will be sailing on the 2nd cruise – April 15 – leaving from Rome. Can’t wait! I know the ship will be beautiful. I hope the passengers on the first cruise don’t mess it up, too much. lol!

  • Fran and Rick Allen

    We sail on the 4/15/16 portion of debut….excited to experience a new ship and our second HAL cruise…Alaska 6/2015 was fabulous. How can we pick only one area to be excited about??? Our stateroom is of definite interest…Vista Suite!!! Bags are almost packed!!!!

  • Desiree

    Wij gaan varen op 3 juli vanuit amsterdam na noorwegen een week.

    we gaan dan op huwelijksreis eindelijk 31 oktober 2014 getrouwd.maar we wachten tot dat de koningsdam gaat varen.
    dus nog even geduld hebben

  • Lauri aH

    She is beautiful isn’t she?! Will be on her Oct 24th 2016! Halloween should be an interesting evening on our Passage to America!

  • Heinz Toroxel

    We used to see the progress on the “Eurodam” blog – perfect! We waited a long time for the same thing on the “Koningsdam – OK now !!! We will be on board on April 8th. Can’t wait.

  • Gary Croft

    My wife and I are making
    our first transatlantic cruise on
    Koningsdam first crossing Oct 24 so excited !

  • Joy Taylor

    Me and my family are going on April 8th from Rome. Can’t wait.

  • Ben B

    Booked on July 3rd can’t wait to see the ship

  • Carla Liem-Hertog

    wij hebben geboekt voor de zesde keer met de HAL. 22 mei Noorse Fjorden met de ms Koningsdam. Wij verheugen ons emorm.

  • Cameron & Wanda Nicolson

    Will be celebrating our 50th in St Petersburg with friends on the September 4 cruise from Amsterdam. Looking forward to a wonderful time on this new ship.

  • Rosemary Kopec

    We are celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary sailing on the Koningsdam on Nov. 13, 2016
    ( Caribbean sailing). We spent our 40th on the Statendam in Alaska! Can’t wait to see her. Looking forward to the Lido pool.

  • Lynda Willey

    We will be sailing with you on April 12 2016 for a 12 day cruise and are very excited to see the Koningsdam . This will be our 7th sailing with Holland America. Our first sailing was to Mexico for our 30th anniversary in 2008 on the Oosterdam.

  • Cynthia Snow

    Looking forward to returning to HAL and the beautiful new ship August 14, 2016, 21 days Amsterdam to Iceland and Norway.

  • Ken Glace

    Thanks to HAL’s decision to make single staterooms available, I’m really looking forward to the Sept 4 departure to an area on my “bucket list”. Ship looks gorgeous.

  • C.A. van der Kooy

    Gaan voor de zevende keer met de HAL cruisen.
    9 Mei inschepen op de Koningsdam voor de doopcruise naar Amsterdam.
    Ben aan het aftellen ! 🙂

  • Martin Annes

    Can’t wait till it’s April 8th . See you in Rome.

  • jacqueline

    I and my husband and our son sailed the 9 november 2016 from Ford Lauderdale to the Bahamas. We are looking forward

  • Thom Abeles

    My wife and I will be celebrating our 29th anniversary on the February 19th 2017 sailing out of Port Everglades. We will be sailing along with my mother, the three of us are very excited to see this beautiful ship. Fantastic job, look forward to more updates throughout the next year.

  • Johanna Oostewegel

    Boarding on April 8 and staying on until April 27, so excited, I will be a 5 star mariner on that voyage. Another item on the bucket list crossed off.
    Ik hoop dat het een goede vaart zal zijn, leuk om een van de eerste op het schip te wezen.
    In jaren geen Nederlands geschreven,

  • Bill McCracken

    My wife and I celebrate our 53rd Wedding anniversary on the 14Day Viking Saga Cruise on the New and Exciting Konningsdam in August.
    Can’t wait.

  • Lila Bassam

    Please bring her out to Sydney Australia !! great looking ship.

  • Maureen Hockings

    Have been on two Hholland America cruises doing a third in June Baltic Highlands would love to see this new one,

  • Kay

    I have been following ms koningsdam’s build for some time. We sail on April 15th starting in Rome….24 nights of heaven. 3rd cruise with HAL.

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