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‘Countdown to Koningsdam’ Video Series Ramps Up Excitement for Ship Launch

In anticipation of the launch of ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line is debuting a series of short videos called “Countdown to Koningsdam” that will provide construction updates as the ship nears completion. Hosted by Johnathan Rogers, Koningsdam’s inaugural cruise director, each video features one of the ship’s principal officers or a Holland America Line executive who will speak about their area of interest.

Here is the first video:

“The process of building a ship is fascinating and fast-paced, and we’re excited to share the latest updates through the ‘Countdown to Koningsdam’ video series,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Anticipation for the ship’s launch is gaining momentum, and through the series we will bring our fans along for the journey as this beautiful ship comes together for launch in April, 2016.”

In addition to updates and interviews, the series will show the progress of the ship through vivid videos shot at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy where Koningsdam is under construction.

In this first video, Hotel Director Stan Kuppens shows off the progress of ship’s atrium, talks about his move to the yard and what’s coming next for his team.

Hotel Director Stan Kuppens is featured in the first Countdown to Koningsdam video.

Hotel Director Stan Kuppens is featured in the first Countdown to Koningsdam video.

Also scheduled to share their insight in the “Countdown to Koningsdam” series are Vice President, Deployment and Tour Marketing Linda Springmann, who will talk about the ship’s inaugural year itineraries; Senior Vice President of Guest Experience Product Development Michael Smith, who will reveal more details about The Dining Room; Director, Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft, speaking about the perks of Holland America Line’s loyalty program; and Director of Entertainment Bill Prince, who will take guests on an entertainment extravaganza at World Stage, the ship’s theater that surrounds the audience with a 270-degree LED projection.

Koningsdam's Cruise Director Johnathan Rogers hosts Countdown to Koningsdam.

Koningsdam’s Cruise Director Johnathan Rogers hosts Countdown to Koningsdam.

At the helm of the videos is Cruise Director Johnathan Rogers. Rogers joined Holland America Line in 2014 and is thrilled to be able to put his proficiency in six languages (soon to be eight) to good use with the line’s international guests and crew. Since embarking on his first voyage as cruise director, he has worked on Veendam, Volendam, Westerdam and Rotterdam.

When he goes ashore, Rogers enjoys viewing the local architecture and seeing how it has evolved as a result of the geography and climate. He counts Lisbon, Portugal, as his favorite port of call and would like to move there one day. A Canadian native from Vancouver, British Columbia, Rogers now lives in Portland, Oregon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the Université de Montréal and a master’s degree in modern languages from the Universiteit van Pretoria. With a Dutch mother and an American father, Rogers calls himself “half Holland and half America.”

The video shows the floatout when water touches the hull for the first time.

The video shows the floatout when water touches the hull for the first time.

Will you be cruising on Koningsdam during its inaugural year? Tell us which itinerary you’re booked on!

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14 Comments
  • Scott Lara

    Speaking as a 3 star Mariner, travel agent and fan of HAL, I’m really looking forward to the Koningsdam!!!

  • Robert Faust

    My wife Maryann and I will be sailing on the premiere voyage 4/8/16 and really looking forward to this trip. We have traveled with HAL many times and have never been disappointed with the friendly service, delicious food or the excursions that were suggested and we have chosen to take.

  • Peter & Glynne Henderson

    As 3 Star Mariners, we are looking forward to experiencing Koningsdam on Apri 27th 2016. We love Prinsendam but a new ship is a new experience which is what life is all about Love HAL.

  • Peter & Glynne Henderson

    We are travelling from Australia to experience Koningsdam in April 2016. We love HAL and Prinsendam but a new experience awaits us. We are excited.

  • Alun Jones

    We will be cruising to the Baltic on 19th June to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary and cannot wait to see the ship. Currently looking forward to more information so please add more videos soon 🙂

  • George

    We are booked on the Nov 13, 2016 cruise to the ABC islands . Looking forward to returning to Holland America after an 8 year absence.

  • Evert Klasens

    My partner and I we will depart with the MS Koningsdam on October 24th from Rome for the Atlantic Crossing, arriving in Ft. Lauderdale on November 9th 2016.

  • Ted and Mo

    We are booked on the Premiere Koningsdam voyage around the Med from April 8-15. Looking forward to seeing and being on this great ship.

  • Molly

    right now I am on the Neiuw Amsterdam ship. it is a fantastic ship.

  • Julie

    We’re glad you’re having a good time, Molly!

  • Tracy Sewell

    My husband and I are booked on the Premier Voyage in April to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. We were on the Zuiderdam for our honeymoon 10 years ago, and we had a fabulous time. Looking forward to sailing on the new Koningsdam.

  • Lonnadeen Bullock

    My friend and I are sailing on the 2nd cruise – April 15 – leaving Rome for a tour of the Mediterranean. We traveled last year on the Westerdam to Alaska. Love HAL and we’re looking forward to a brand new ship! We’re looking forward to making new friends on this cruise.

  • Birte A. Hogan

    My husband and I love HAL. We have been with you on many cruises. The last one was 2 weeks in December 20th 2015 till January 3d 2016 on board “Nieuw Amsterdam”A great way to spent the new year ! We would like more information about the new ship “The Koningsdam” !
    Did I spell it correct ?Where and when will it be located ? Where will it travel to ?Please give us some ideas for the fall/winter of 2016. Thank you ! Sincerely yours Birte A. Hogan
    PS. You had 2 wonderful female mucitians from Ukraine on board on our New year trip. I sat and listen to them every night. One played the violin ( she is a close second in my opinion to Itzhak Perlman ) and the other played the piano also very well !!!!We would LOVE to take a cruise again when they are on board whatever ship it is. Could you please give me their names and proforming information in fall/winter of 2016. ( We will be in Europe till July/August 2016. Thanks for your help !

  • Julie

    Hi Birte! Koningsdam will sail in the Med, northern Europe and Caribbean! We hope to see you onboard!

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