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Koningsdam Unveiled: New Images & Videos Launch on HollandAmerica.com

When Holland America Line welcomes ms Koningsdam to the fleet in April 2016, the ship will debut a new era in design approach for the line. As the first ship in the Pinnacle class, the 2,650-guest ship will have an interior that blends a fresh, contemporary styling in perfect harmony with the line’s renowned classic elegance.

Future guests, travel agents and ship fans can now get the first look at select interior renderings on Holland America Line’s website, www.hollandamerica.com. The story of the ship will unfold online over the coming months through vibrant renderings, engaging videos, ship facts and more details about the interiors created by Adam D. Tihany and Bjørn Storbraaten.

“When guests come aboard ms Koningsdam they’ll know they’re on a Holland America Line ship, but they’ll see we’re taking a forward-thinking approach to many of the design elements,” said Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group. “Revealing the first renderings and video of ms Koningsdam enables us to give future guests an advance look at the stunning interiors and over the coming months will reveal innovative new features along with our classics hallmarks that will create a cruise experience for the travelers of tomorrow.”

Adam_Tihany_250At the helm of the interior conceptualization is Adam D. Tihany, regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality designers. A leader in creating luxurious and creative interiors at some of the world’s most iconic properties, Tihany has approached ms Koningsdam with an eye toward creating public spaces that reflect the tradition and signature elegance for which Holland America Line is known, while elevating the design to strike a more modern balance of past, present and future.

Focusing on fluid curves and graceful lines, light-filled spaces and the natural flow of public areas, Tihany’s metaphorical approach to the interiors of ms Koningsdam was inspired by the “architecture of music.”

“The idea was to tell a story that guests can connect with throughout their voyage,” said Tihany. “I was inspired by the thought of what you might see from the inside of a musical instrument, what the architecture of the surfaces and the geometry look like.”

Key to his concept is utilizing visual interaction, where guests actively engage with the architecture rather than passively moving through it.

“The design isn’t a literal translation of music, but a conceptual approach where we seek to evoke the feeling and beauty of an instrument with graceful lines, dramatic textures, lighting effects and use of materials,” said Tihany. “My inspirations were not only instruments, but also majestic spaces and exaggerating the feeling of height, so guests feel the grandeur of every room.”

For example, at the heart of the ship Tihany is creating visual drama with the central atrium. Soaring three decks high, the space is graced by an airy stainless-steel sculpture that represents the synthesis of a string quartet. Like music, the experience changes as guests move around and through it, so no two perspectives are the same. The atrium is capped by a ceiling “skylight” that serves as a backdrop for subtly changing high-definition projections.

Koningsdam's Atrium.

Koningsdam’s Atrium.

Koningsdam's Atrium.

Koningsdam’s Atrium.

Guests will look up by day and see wispy cirrus clouds floating in an azure sky or perhaps soothing images of light in water. By evening, the atrium takes on dramatic lighting hues or reflects the starlit constellations of the night sky.

Hallmark Venues Reimagined with A Fresh Approach
The main Dining Room aboard ms Koningsdam will span two floors and be framed by views of the sea. A bright interior will be inspired by a modern, global design and sets the stage for the exceptional culinary experience to come. Strong, curved architectural pillars will accentuate the soaring ceiling. Chic, custom furnishings and modern glass lighting are being fabricated especially for the ship. The centerpiece is a curved copper sheath surrounding a two-story wine tower showcasing an impressive selection.

Koningsdam's beautiful Main Dining Room.

Koningsdam’s beautiful Main Dining Room.

The iconic Queen’s Lounge has been completely reimagined as an elegant theater and entertainment venue that spans two floors. Tihany once again drew inspiration for the space from music, nodding to the sensual curves of a violin and featuring extensive use of wood, fluid waveforms and light. With state-of-the-art technology, the Queen’s Lounge will showcase world-class musicians and the largest dance floor on the ship.

The upper floor of the Queen's Lounge.

The upper floor of the Queen’s Lounge.

Architect and Designer Bjørn Storbraaten Joins Tihany in Blending Contemporary Styling with Brand Hallmarks
Bjorn_Storbraaten_175Architect and designer Bjørn Storbraaten joins Tihany in bringing the ship to life in a familiar yet innovative style. With his previous work on ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Storbraaten adds continuity of the brand to ms Koningsdam, while taking elegance to the next level.

“It’s been fascinating to work on ms Koningsdam where we are introducing design elements never before seen on Holland America Line,” said Storbraaten. “We were tasked with evolving the look and feel of the ship while keeping it true to the brand, making this an exciting and rewarding project.”

Storbraaten’s hand is clearly present in the design of the central pool area. The Magrodome, which typically is a single level on Holland America Line ships, has been expanded to two levels to create a vast glass-enclosed space. The lower level will have more traditional poolside elements, while the mezzanine level will be a new concept for the brand and create the refined atmosphere of a European bathhouse. In addition to other areas, Storbraaten is designing the exotic look of Tamarind, the line’s Pan-Asian restaurant that emphasizes nature’s basic elements: water, wood, fire and earth.

Across the ship, Tihany and Storbraaten are working together to make ms Koningsdam an evolution of the Holland America Line brand.

The elegant Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant is sure to delight guests.

The elegant Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant is sure to delight guests.

A Signature Suite.

A Signature Suite.

A Vista Suite.

A Vista Suite.

A verandah spa stateroom.

A verandah spa stateroom.

A verandah stateroom.

A verandah stateroom.

An ocean-view stateroom.

An ocean-view stateroom.

New family staterooms on Koningsdam.

New family staterooms on Koningsdam.

An interior stateroom.

An interior stateroom.

Over the coming months, even more innovative features and detailed renderings of ms Koningsdam will be released on the company’s website. Early season premier itineraries will be revealed in the coming weeks, in advance of these first ms Koningsdam sailings opening for booking on Dec. 1.

What do you think? Which interiors are you most excited to see revealed? Tell us below!

78 Comments
  • Scott Bridge

    SUPer-AWESOME!!!!!!!

  • Annemarie

    Congratulations! The ship preview looks beautiful.

  • Nels Ingram

    Looking forward to this new ship. Seems very exciting and keeping with a more ‘traditional’ cruise experience. I am anxious to learn of the itineraries she will sail. Count me in calling Dec 1, early, early to get information and book. Thank You Holland America for launching such a magnificent vessel.

  • Terry Bell

    Looks wonderful!
    Always choose a veranda stateroom so would be interested to see what, if any, changes you have planned.
    Would also like to know what you have planned for Wi-Fi connection from individual cabins. On our last cruise on the Zuiderdam, access was very limited. It was necessary to leave both doors ajar. Otherwise it was a trek to the Library.

  • Andrew

    that’s amazing so i would love sail on this ship near future

  • Katie from TravelPlusWine

    The Signature Suite and Main Dining Room look spectacular! The colors of the cabins are an excellent choice — very calming and the space appears larger. I’m a huge fan of the spa stateroom too! The ship has a modern elegance. Will there be any announcements about special menu or wine offerings?

  • Peter Kohler

    What a HUGE disappointment. The classic promenade deck with its lovely ocean views is GONE. Replaced by sitting behind huge lifeboats that completely block the views, air and sunlight. You might as well be sitting in a lane in a bowling alley. All to cram in another deck of balcony cabins. So much for Holland America “traditions”. KONINGSDAM is just a Carnival cruise ship with a darker hull. No thanks!

  • Annemarie

    Would love to know more about the Grand Dutch Cafe? Can you give us some more details and pictures?

  • oki sudjatmiko

    Very interesting,,

  • Rob Edin

    Family staterooms – interesting, that’s a first for HAL to my knowledge.

  • Terry Bell

    I’m also pleased to see a small rack for on board newsletters and other items like menus and shore cruises. They seem to pile up on the stateroom dresser and create an eyesore! Thanks for thinking of us yet again.

  • Fauzan

    Luar Biasa, lovely design… congratz.

  • Mike Cavender

    A remarkable beauty of a ship! Holland America always does it just right! Cannot wait to sail on her.

  • Peter Kohler

    No traditional HAL promenade deck.. no thanks! What can you be thinking?

  • Paulette Narkon

    Beautiful! Would love to book on the maiden voyage depending on the itinerary. Can’t wait to see! Love Holland America!

  • Richard Rogerson

    Disappointed to see that HAL’S trend toward lower space ratios is continuing with this ship at a ratio of about 37. Altough the renderings make the spaces shown look large and spacious I don,t know how this will be accomplished with so low a space ratio.

  • SinHAk Boen

    Perfect can’t wait for February 2016.Interior color is smooth and the interior design is beautiful.
    We love Holland America Line.
    SinHak and Esther Boen
    November 13,2014. 8:43pm

  • Ray Edinger

    Very cold. Very stark. Where are the elegant, classical works of art that Holland America is so well known for? Where are the tables-for-two in the Pinnacle? After thirty-six cruises on ten of HAL’s ships, this looks to be a sad disappointment.

  • John Hevrøy

    Just finished a Panama canal cruise on the beautyful- elegant Westerdam,-fantastisc cruise, and we now look forward to the new ship. Holland America Line are elegant ! !

  • Margaret

    OMG!! We can’t wait. We will be booking this as soon as it becomes available. Love Holland America, nothing but great experiences on these ships. This looks amazing.

  • Brian O'Mahony

    We just cannot wait to experience the “K” dam. Hopefully coming to Australia.

  • abdul

    I will join with this ship for team building

  • Elbert L.J. Bosma, MM, MA

    When does the countdown start on the HAL blog?

  • hanif

    SUPER EXCELENCE!!!!!!!!

  • Chelly

    Lovely! Can’t wait to book!

  • Chuck Minturn

    We will book the first cruise from Fort Lauderdale…… looking Forward to this SHIP.

  • Mihalik*s

    Finally!!Been waiting…need more schedules to see what is available after our cruise ending April 26???Been on all of the ships, but this will be fun to explore!! Tom/Bonita

  • R Balfour

    Truly an enhanced luxury experience awaits those that voyage on her maiden journey.I would express my delight and unbiased ,honest comments should the company offer a free holiday in at least a ocean view stateroom for a 12 night visiting the greek isles to recruit those observations.

  • Joe and Pat D.

    Fifteen months and counting down. Beautiful, we love HAL and look forward to taking a cruise on this most welcome addition to the fleet.

  • Jeanne

    Still a problem for one traveling single, the expensive “Single Supplement”. Everything is based on couples.

  • Andree Emsley

    Love the ship! Looking forward to cruising on her. Thanks for all the beautiful pictures.

  • Peter Harley

    From what I have seen so far it will be an amazing addition to a great fleet. HAL have always been the consummate host and I will be most interested in her itineraries. God bless the ship and all who sail on her.

  • Hanh Trung

    so beautiful ship. I will looking forward to cruising on her.
    I love cruising with HAL

  • Mike H

    Have done 9 cruises with HAL. I every case there has never been a plug near the night table to accommodate medical equipment such as CPAP or other powered equipment used for medical
    Reasons. Quite frankly tired of having to run an ugly extension cord over to the desk area which becomes a trip hazard at night. No mention made in the room amenities to solve this problem. I anticipate another new ship poorly planned in this manner.

  • Gerard

    Heel geweldig moet ik zeggen vele mooie schepen gezien, maar ja deze is ook geweldig.
    Exclusiviteit is wel het moto denk ik. veel succes en behouden vaart.

  • Patricia Chester

    Looks beautiful can’t wait to sail on her. Hope it proves better then the last four Holland America ships we have sailed on. Only one was trouble free after 14 weeks on the four ships looking forward to this one.

    Ian & Patricia Chester.

  • charlotte van hoorn

    beautiful, but I second the comment, “Where are the tables for two in the Pinnacle Grill?”

  • Pampam

    Looks better…

  • Joan Baker

    Love the design and cannot wait to book.

  • RayLee

    Excellent & exciting. Would love to sail in it.

  • Sandra Hutchins

    Will HAL have a 3 day cruise from Fincantiari to Rome, prior to the Rome cruise on Feb 20th?
    A cruise for the King, Queen, HAL execs, travel agents etc.

  • sonny brasher

    when will all the scheduled cruises for 2015/2016 be available?

  • Lucy

    I would love to join the Premier Cruise in Feb.

  • FRANK

    Atrium looks awful. Cold, boring and cheap. Dinning room not much better. Looks like a cheap knockoff of celebrity’s newer dinning rooms. Queens lounge looks nice but I can’t imagine that working as a theater/ show lounge. Can’t possibly hold all the people required and provide proper views. Disappointed in the interior staterooms, where is the couch? As a loyal customer of HAL I’m disappointed in this new look. Hope it’s a one-off as it certainly Does Not look like a HAL interior at all. I will stick to the current ships as long as they are around.

  • Fam.Hans Heufkens

    these ship is ‘a DREAM.
    We hope on board the first cruise on 2016,20 february

  • Arie Jager

    OUR DUTCH PROUD.ITS A LOVELY LADY ,WHE STAY O BORD BY THE PREMIER CRUISE OF THIS LADY ON THE MIDITERANIAN

  • Arie Jager

    whe love the Holland America line ,and special the new ship ,with the historich DAM name greatings from the Netherlands

  • Sharon

    I can’t wait until Dec. 1st. I will be calling Rashad at Holland to book.
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  • Graham Blackadder

    Absolutely stunning!!!
    But this is ridiculous – we have yet to enjoy our next cruise in April 2015 on ms Oosterdam from Sydney to Anchorage (really looking forward to this one) and we are now contemplating another, on ms Konigsdam in February 2016. Bring it on!!

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