Holland America Line has unveiled the details of the cruise lines brand new ship set for delivery to the fleet in February 2016. The new vessel will be named ms Koningsdam continuing the lines tradition of paying homage to their rich heritage in the Netherlands.
The new ship will weigh in at an impressive 99,500 gross tons and will have a passenger occupancy of 2,650. She will be an evolutionary design for Holland America, and will be the first in the lines new Pinnacle Class.
Currently under construction at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard, ms Koningsdam boasts a bold name that is an original in the cruise lines 141 year history.
Since 1883, every Holland America Line passenger ship has borne the “dam” suffix, and the new arrival will once again continue that tradition. Koning in dutch translates to “king” and emphasises the majestic nature of the new builds design. The name also pays tribute to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.
Holland America Line has a long, proud history with the Netherlands. All 15 premium cruise ships fly the Dutch flag as they sail throughout the world, to more than 400 ports of call. The historic greatness of the line’s Dutch heritage is shared with nearly one million guests each year. And the line has many Dutch employees, including most of the fleet’s captains and officers. Many of the cruise lines fleet were even christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family.
“In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of the Holland America Group. “This new Pinnacle Class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.”
When the time arrives for her debut in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a brand new class of ship for Holland America Line. She will be the largest ship ever built for the cruise line and her size provides Holland America Line with new opportunities to add public spaces and venues, along with many new innovational features to seamlessly blend in with the lines traditional familiar spaces and amenities on board.
To bring a fresh vision to ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line tapped Adam D. Tihany, one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality designers. Tihany joins distinguished maritime designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten who worked with Holland America Line on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Eurodam. The two firms will create a modern and contemporary ambiance while incorporating Holland America Line’s classic hallmarks.