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Introducing ms Koningsdam! Name of New Pinnacle Class Ship Revealed

Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam (pronounced with a long ō sound, as in cone, KOH-ningsdam). While the name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an original in Holland America Line’s 141-year history. The 2,650-passenger ship is an evolution in design for the line — a new Pinnacle Class — and is being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard.

Since 1883 every Holland America passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that tradition. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name celebrates the majestic new ship. The name also pays honor to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.

Holland America Line has a long, proud history with the Netherlands. All 15 premium cruise ships fly the Dutch flag as they sail throughout the world, to more than 400 ports of call. The historic greatness of the line’s Dutch heritage is shared with nearly one million guests each year. And the line has many Dutch employees, including most of the fleet’s captains and officers.

Many of Holland America Line’s ships have been christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years. Most recently, ms Nieuw Amsterdam was christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima in 2010. And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

“In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of the Holland America Group. “This new Pinnacle Class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.”

Holland America Line was founded in the Netherlands in 1873 as the Netherlands-American Steamship Company headquartered in Rotterdam. The original headquarters building still stands today as the Hotel New York on the Wilhelmina Pier, with the company’s European headquarters located nearby.

New design for a new flagship
When it debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland America Line. At 99,500 gross tons and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, the vessel is the largest ever built for the company. The increased size provides more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam. Familiar spaces and amenities currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet will also be found on the new ship.

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 Bjorn Storbraaten who worked with Holland America Line on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Eurodam. The two firms will create a modern and contemporary ambiance while incorporating Holland America Line’s classic hallmarks.

To get you more excited about the new ship, here are a few more photos from the recent Keel Laying ceremony that signaled the official beginning of construction of the ship.


Will you be sailing on ms Koningsdam? Tell us below if you’re planning on booking a cruise on the new flagship!

  • Kari Hall

    We (my family and I) are all 3 star mariners. In the last few years we have traveled on other lines but always come back to HAL. Why? We like the smaller ships and we love your service!
    We have been on some of the larger ships and always have to stand in line for everything. Please keep that in mind when you build new ships. It is what makes HAL special.

  • Barrie Dawson (2 star mariner)

    Whilst I enjoy sailing on Holland America ships of all sizes,why not make provision for single
    guests,rather then just give them a double cabin at twice the price?

  • Yvonne Groote

    Wij hopen dat de koningsdam in Nederland gedoopt gaat worden. Gaan zeker
    een keertje een cruise met dit schip maken.
    Wij cruisen altijd met de HAL.

  • Jerry and Janet Locke

    We love HAL and cruise often. The new ship sounds exciting. We will be booking on the first sailings from a US port.

  • Anna Wiebes- van den Brink

    My first cruise with Holland America Line was with the Maasdam in 1962. From Rotterdam to New York. I have since cruised several cruises with the Holland America line. It is for the excellent services, of the Indonesian crew members I like cruising with Holland America Line. Looking forward to cruising with the Koningsdam.

  • Carl Schouls

    My 1st cruise was on the 38,000 Ton Norwegian Majesty, small, old but loved it! have done 2 more with NCL as well as 2 with HAL. HAL is much preferred Due to scheduling restrictions last spring ended up on NCL’s behemoth “Getaway” – 145,000 tons and endless crowds, noise. Very new, very nice but, a ship? HAL, please don’t fall into this trap of bigger = better. I long for a new type of ship that looks like a ship (Disney is trying!) not a hotel floating on its side.

  • ruth garland

    I and friends are interested in the inaugural and US port trips. Any information available? Thank You.

  • Frederik Luitwieler

    We sailed at the year 1946 and 2011 with the Noordam. Looking forward to making it a three- pete with the Konigsdam.

  • Corrie Willems van Loon

    Zou graag meegaan met de maidentrip van de nieuwe Koningsdam. Ben benieuwd naar de bestemmingen van dit nieuwe schip en hoop dat het niet al te groot is, want mijn ervaring met de Rotterdam is heel erg geweldig geweest. Heel intiem dit schip. Ben er twee maal mee weg geweest.

  • Peter van der Voort

    Congratulations on the new ship announcement. We “may” also book onto the new ship. We have travelled with HAL over 12 times already, it’s generally been because of the smaller ships and the great service. I hope this does not change with the larger ship.

  • Christianus Troch

    Congratilations with the announcement of the new ship MS Koningsdam. Cruised several times with great pleasure with the HAL. I’am very curious and will certainly cruise with the new cruiseship in 2016.

  • Elizabeth Fallon

    We only cruise with Holland America and are now 4 star mariners. It would be a great pleasure to be included on the maiden voyage of the newest HAL adventure. I hope that I can be put on the list for this experience.

  • Ralf Hamm

    We would like to be part of the maiden voyage, let us know when and where. Ralf & Marko

  • michael owen

    Ready to book maiden…HAL continues with great design which maintains the look of a passenger liner…bravo !

  • Carol

    Please contact for maiden voyage.

  • Barbara Lagarenne

    Yes, I will be booking on the Koningsdam as soon as I can. Really looking forward to sailing on this new ship. Please let us know as soon as we are able to reserve our cabin. Thank you, Barbara Lagarenne

  • mary pitzen

    I’ve been on the Noordam a couple times, the Ryndam a couple times and the Zuiderdam twice when it was new. I am definitely interested in traveling on the new ship early in 2016.

  • Andre van Harten

    Booked a cruise on maiden voyage in feb 2016, looking forward to thisvacatio 4th cruise with HAL

  • John Hogan

    I , like many others, regret that HA went for the larger ship. I love the Prinsendam, statendam etc. We are 3star mariners and are booked for this cruise and am somewhat anxious as I did not realize it was 2900 passengers.
    Your competitor at Viking is coming out with his first ocean going ship and placed into the 900 +/- passenger category. I think a very wise decision. Good luck with your new vessel!

  • Terry Gabriel

    I am really excited about the Koningsdam. I hope that the itinerary for the maiden voyage will be another special cruise. We are four star mariners and each one of those stars honors a fabulous cruise we have enjoyed with Holland America.

  • stefania kwiatkowski

    we have 45 cruises total ,
    Cunard, Princess, Celebrity. Carnival Norwegian with HAL we did lot around the world
    Nordam- 10 days, Eurodam- 7 days, Amsterdam- 38 days , Volendam 60 days ,Veendam 17 and …
    Awesome !! they will have some new for us WE LOVE HAL

  • John Reijnders

    Wij hebben de doop cruise geboekt. Het lijkt ons een “once in a lifetime” ervaring.
    Kijken er echt naar uit om op dit schitterende nieuwe schip te genieten van het goede leven.

    Wij hebben al enkele diverse cruisen genaakt met de HAL en het ervaren als TOP!!

  • Janene Ford

    We’ve sailed on the VOLENDAM…….the Inside Passage and the EURODAM …..Qebec to
    New York and enjoyed both.
    Cruising the Baltic on the Konigsdam, is most appealing………very tempting, indeed!

  • Picard yvon

    I am interesting for may 09 2016 for christening cruise, verandah stateroom and the price please.
    Deck navigation (8)
    My ID number is 596027566. Thank you

  • Julie

    Please contact a travel agent or Holland America Line reservations in your country. You also can email We hope to see you onboard!

  • Sherwood Friend

    How do I book on the new ship for December 2016

  • Julie

    Please contact your travel agent, Holland America directly or Holland America Line reservations at Hope to see you onboard!

  • manuella deckers

    ik overweeg met jullie een cruise naar noorwegen, het zou natuurlijk geweldig zijn met het nieuwe schip koningsdam, ik wens jullie alvast een prachtige toekomst!

  • Beryl

    I started sailing with Holland many years ago because of the smaller ships that were available. I have no interest whatsoever in the large ships. Give me the Veendam any day!

  • Carol

    My husband and I love Holland America. We are already booked on the Koningsdam for the May 22, 2016, 21 day cruise. Our first cruise, with Holland was in 1992, and we haven’t stopped since. Always great service and accommodations.

  • Mary

    We’ve been on 11 HAL cruises and have loved every one. Looking forward to the new one. We were hoping that you would put an outdoor movie on it. Looks like a whole new concept.

  • Bob

    Holland America is our preferred cruise line. However this year when we cruised out of Rome on April 14 on the Zuiderdam, it had just come out of dry dock and both the Explorations Cafe & Library and the Observation Lounge over the bow were not completed when we sailed. The Cafe & Library opened on day 5 of our 11 night cruise, while he Observation Lounge did not open until Day 8. Are we running the same risk by booking the Koningsdam April 15th cruise out of Rome, only its 2nd scheduled cruise, with its first cruise scheduled for April 8th? Thought I read somewhere that ship construction completion is scheduled for March 30th, right after Easter Week, always a slow week for getting anything done in Italy.

  • Dave

    Just booked a cruise on the Koningsdam to the Norwegian Fjords and North Cape. Will be the first time with HAL and from all I read I see, I can’t wait till boarding time. I am sure it will be amazing!

  • De Leeuw Rene

    Wij zien ernaar uit , we hebben geboekt op de nieuwe Ms Koningsdam voor 2 weken vanuit Amsterdam naar de Noordkaap. Het is onze eerste cruise die we vol verwachting tegemoet zien einde mei 2016.

  • Tim & Anne

    We are BOOKED! 10-DAY SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN SEAFARER 2017, so looking forward to sail on a new ship.

  • Sir Clive E.C.Banfield KHS

    As four star mariners, my wife, Lise and I last HAL cruise was on the Statendam out of San Diego in December 2014 on a month long holiday cruise to the South Pacific and French Polynesia. We are already booked and looking forward, with pleasuro e, to embarking on the Koningsdam during its inaugural month on April 27, 2016 at Civitavecchia, Italy to the Mediterranean.

  • Scott Jones

    Been on 5 cruises so far, 3 on HA, 1 on Celebrity and 1 on Princess. Holland is by far the best. I don’t want endless crowds, roller coasters and the appearance of a mall! I love the historical artifacts and artwork thruout the ships. So far my favorite is Veendam! I was so excited to see you now have a ship that goes all around Australia! That’s on our bucket list. I thought Celebrity was the only one that did it. Keep up the great work.

  • John McCaffree

    Watching an actual cruise of the Konigsdam now on the Smithsonian channel and can hardly wait for this awful worldwide virus to pass so I can book a cruise! Beautiful vessel, 1st class travel.

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