It’s been an exciting week for Holland America Line, and the festivities continue surrounding the debut of ms Koningsdam. The ship celebrated its official handover ceremony, first port plaque exchange, sailins and sailaways. Join the journey and come along as Koningsdam navigates its way through some fabulous firsts.
Official Handover Ceremony at Marghera
Holland America Line celebrated the delivery of Koningsdam with an official Handover Ceremony, luncheon and shipyard workers party aboard the ship Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
In attendance at the ceremony was Italy’s Minister of Infrastructures and Transport Graziano Delrio, who expressed his appreciation for the long-standing relationship between Carnival Corporation, including Holland America Line and Fincantieri. A video was shown of the Italian flag being changed to the Dutch flag, as flown by all Holland America Line ships.
Fincantieri also presented ms Koningsdam’s Captain Emiel de Vries with a bottle containing the first water that touched ms Koningdam’s hull.
“The Official Handover Ceremony was a celebration of the years of planning and hard work that went into building our gorgeous new ship and a chance to honor all those who made this day possible,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Thank you to Fincantieri for being an exceptional partner. We look forward to beginning work soon on our second Pinnacle-class ship scheduled for delivery in late 2018.”
Following the official ceremony, the shipyard employees who worked over the past two years to build Koningsdam were invited onboard with their families to celebrate their accomplishment. Guests were treated to dinner in the Lido Market and a performance in World Stage, showing off the venue’s 270-degree LED projection. A tour of the ship allowed the shipyard employees to share the final result of their hard work with their families.
Koningsdam Arrives at Venice
The ship sailed into Venice, Italy, this past weekend for the first time and Holland America Line captured the arrival from the sky.
Venice Plaque Exchange with Port Officials
Upon arrival at Venice, the first plaque exchange ceremony took place onboard. Port officials and port agents presented Koningsdam’s Captain de Vries with special plaques and gifts, while the captain gifted them with a commemorative ship plate.
Stay tuned as Koningsdam celebrates more special events over the coming weeks.