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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands Named Godmother of Koningsdam

Holland America Line’s tradition will continue when Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands christens the new ms Koningsdam in a ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 20, 2016, onboard. The 2,650-guest ship is the first in a new Pinnacle Class of vessel for the line.

Members of the Dutch Royal Family have launched 11 Holland America Line ships. Most recently, then-Princess Máxima christened ms Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010 and then-Queen Beatrix served as ms Eurodam’s godmother in 2008. Statendam III in 1929 was launched by Prince Hendrik and Nieuw Amsterdam II in 1937 by Queen Wilhelmina. Then-Princess Beatrix named Statendam IV in 1957 and Prinses Margriet in 1960. Rotterdam V was launched in 1958 by Queen Juliana. Princess Margriet dedicated Prinsendam in 1972, Nieuw Amsterdam II in 1983, ms Rotterdam VI in 1997 and ms Oosterdam in 2003.


“We are incredibly honored that Her Majesty Queen Máxima will carry on the tradition of Dutch Royalty christening Holland America Line ships, which began 87 years ago,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We chose Rotterdam as the location for the official ceremony because of the deep historic connection between Holland America Line, the city and the people of the Netherlands. May 20 will be a very special day in our company’s 143-year history as we officially dedicate ms Koningsdam.”

The official ceremony will take place in Rotterdam onboard the ship during a special 13-day Christening Cruise departing Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, May 9. Following that voyage Koningsdam will spend the summer sailing from the port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on itineraries to Norway, the Baltic and Iceland.

Who will be onboard the Christening Cruise? Are you excited?

  • Mike Berger

    We’ll be on this cruise. Really looking forward to it. Should be great fun. MS Koningsdam is our new favorite ship. Well, the Amsterdam is really our favorite, but we’ll add her to the list. This will be our 11th sailing – on five DAM ships. Looking forward to the Gala nights. I’ll be the guy in US Army White Mess Dress.

  • Missed Career at Sea

    Real nice to find out that (now) Queen Máxima is going to do the christening of the Koningsdam. Yes, indeed; she’s had practice at the christening of the Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010. That was some show with the flotilla and all. I wonder, wonder what the event this time includes. In 2010 only the captains on “time off” were included in the incredible show. Since you’re not working at the time, would you be able to attend the christening, Captain?

  • Carol dorfman

    Very excited to sail on ms Koningsdam in August.

  • Johanna de Lange

    Oh yes I will be there, lucky me!!
    I was very curious who was going to baptize the ms Koningsdam, now I’m even more excited .

  • Hans Groen

    We are onboard at the Christening Cruise. We look forward to the event.

  • Renato Rufino

    I will be there and more exciting now that Queen Maxima will be the Godmother.

  • Mary Andricola

    We will be sailing on the Koningsdam in September for 24 days. Can’t wait to see this beautiful ship.

  • Herman H. Zonligt

    It is a mariners dream to attend such a ceremony, even if it is probably from a distance. Anyway, we will be on board. We are excited allready now.

  • Brian and Averill Moore

    We are travelling from Tasman Bay in New Zealand, where Dutch navigator Abel Tasman anchored on 17 December 1642. The anchorage was given the name Moordenaersbay – Murderer’s Bay, as four Dutch sailors were killed by local people. We shall be much better behaved than that when we are on board MS Koningsdam from 27 April to 29 May 2016. Looking forward to another excellent adventure.

  • Robina Herrington

    How lovely the Queen will be there again, God Bless this new Ship

    Best wishes from Robina Herrington

  • Carla Liem-Hertog

    Allereerst ga ik 19 mei in Rotterdam kijken naar de aankomst van de Koningsdam
    Vervolgens gaan mijn man en ik op 22 mei een week met de Koningsdam naar Noorwegen.
    Mijn man komt oorspronkelijk uit Indonesië en vind het zalig om zijn maleis op te halen aan boord in de diningroom met de boys.

  • Graeme and Marianne Borlase

    Congratulations, Koningsdam from the Happy Volendam travellers!

  • Annie en Gerhard Van Munster

    We are four star Mariners and sailed on most HAL ships , now we proud to have a
    chance to sail on Holland America newest ship the Koningsdam on 7 Iceland.
    We are looking forward to it.

  • Mike and Pam Wilburn

    We will be on the christening cruise. We are so excited to be there for this historic event! From Texas, USA

  • Gwen and casey[kees] Hoogeveen

    Can hardly wait!!! one more week! And now Queen Maxima! As a Canadian who emigrated to Canada and has over the years sailed with H.A.L. on 52 voyages, this one will be VERY SPECIAL. Time to get the TUX out of the closet and make sure it still fits!

  • paul

    Leuk hoor de lintjes door knippen,
    maar laten we niet vergeeten dat ze gevlucht zijn naar engeland.

    Wat mij betreft laten ze het lintje door knippen door een beroemdheid daar heb ik meer respeckt voor.

  • Jolanda

    The Koningsdam is a beautiful ship. I was on the inaugural voyage. The best things?
    Love the Grand Dutch cafe, had all the Dutch goodies I grew up with. The Lincoln Stage Centre was amazing! 3 concerts per day, all very well attended. The world stage was innovative, what more can I say. Enjoy the ship!

  • Doris Burns

    Wow! I have only had three Cruises on Hal, enjoyed them all, especially Alaska -AWESOME! We ( my friend/travel companion) are excited and looking forward to cruising aboard Ms Koningsdam June 10th, boarding in Amsterdam. We will be taking the Norge Cruise and are very excited!

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