As the first in a new, but still mid-sized Pinnacle class, the 2,650-guest ms Koningsdam blends fresh, contemporary styling with the classic elegance for which Holland America Line has long been renowned. Now, Holland America’s first new ship in six years has commenced its maiden season, garnering fantastic feedback from guests and signalling the beginning of a new era for the cruise line.
Honouring a Dutch heritage spanning 143 years, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands christened ms Koningsdam back in May, upholding a long-time maritime tradition as she triggered a champagne bottle break on the ship’s hull. As part of the christening celebrations in Rotterdam, Her Majesty Queen Máxima also participated in the ceremonial blessing of the ship’s bell, and was the first to sign Koningsdam’s commemorative wall, which will become a permanent installation on the ship.
With its launch, the stunning 95,000 gross-tonnes vessel became the largest ship in the cruise line’s 14-strong fleet. Built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, ms Koningsdam combines classic Holland America Line features with new venues and experiences, including new dining options such as an immersive farm-to-table dinner experience, a 270-degree LED screen to enhance entertainment performances, and beautifully appointed staterooms and suites.
Interiors by Adam D. Tihany, one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality designers, were inspired by the “architecture of music”, with a focus on fluid curves and graceful lines. Speaking about the project, Tihany said: “Koningsdam has light-filled spaces and beautifully curved lines because we want our guests to feel she is special the moment they step on board.” Tihany has also suggested that a desire for luxury and glamour played a major role in the design concepts for ms Koningsdam and went on to say: “We have tried to surprise and delight guests, so they have wonderful memories to take home.”
Ms Koningsdam is exploring the pristine shores of Norway’s fjords, before spending winter in the Caribbean, where longer itineraries will see guests visit more islands, experience more cultures and embark on more adventures, including a full day at the award-winning island Half Moon Cay.