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Meet Holland America Line's New MS Koningsdam

Posted December 1st, 2014

In February 2016, Holland America Line will introduce their new Pinnacle Class ship, ms Koningsdam - set to be the largest and most contemporary vessel in their fleet catering to 2,650 passengers and 1,025 crew. With a regal new design, and a its rich Dutch heritage reflected in its name, this cruise ship will provide the cruise line with more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, as well as several innovative features that are sure to delight customers old and new alike.

Since 1883, every Holland America line passenger vessel has borne the "dam" suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on this tradition. However, the name also pays homage to the company's rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, with "koning" meaning "King" in Dutch, in honour of the first king of the Netherlands in over a century, his majesty King Willem-Alexander.

Holland America Line has a long and proud history with the Netherlands, and all 15 ships in the fleet fly the Dutch flag, and the cruise line has many Dutch employees - including most of the fleet's captains and officers. The design of this new ships draws from many of the classic hallmarks that are so steeped in this history, but also combines them with a modern and contemporary ambience, creating something truly extraordinary.

Watch this video below for an insight into what ms Koningsdam will have to offer:

Public Spaces

The central atrium onboard ms Koningsdam will be a dramatic visual - 3 decks high, the atrium will be graced by an airy stainless-steel sculpture that represents the synthesis of a string quartet, which passengers can move around the through to get different perspectives. This will all be capped by a "skylight" - a backdrop for a high-definition projection that will change throughout the day.

ms Koningsdam Atrium. Artist rendering

Spanning over 2 floors, the main dining room will be framed by views of the sea, and will feature a bright interior inspired by a modern, global design - setting the stage for an exceptional culinary experience. With soaring ceilings, chic, custom furnishings, modern glass lighting and a centrepiece of curved copper surrounding a 2-story wine tower, this area will be one to marvel at during each meal.

The Queen's Lounge has been re-imagined as an elegant theatre and entertainment venue, and will showcase world-class musicians and the largest dance floor on the ship. And, the central pool area will be expanded to 2 levels to create a vast glass-enclosed space.

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ms Koningsdam will feature Holland America Line's first-ever purpose-built staterooms for families, as well as singles staterooms among its 1331 cabins. 32 new specially designed family oceanview staterooms will feature 2 bathrooms and accommodation for 5 people, while the 12 single oceanview cabins will be available on multiple decks in forward, mid-ship and aft locations. Many of the current familiar categories, like Neptune, Signature and Vista suites, will also be available in a wider range of sizes and configurations to choose from.

A family oceanview stateroom on board ms Koningsdam.

Featuring a sophisticated colour palette, all staterooms will offer a host of modern functional details including bedside USB ports, custom casework and frameless glass shower doors that feel elegant and luxurious. Plus, in all suites and staterooms you will also find a Mariner's Dream bed with finely woven cotton linens, plush bathrobes, a premium massage showerhead, a flat-panel TV and video-on-demand.

ms Koningsdam will also have the most verandah staterooms in the Holland America Line fleet, with 912 staterooms from the Verandah to Pinnacle Suite categories.


When ms Koningsdam sets sail in February 2016, she will head to the azure waters of the Mediterranean on a 7-day Premiere Voyage. From then, she will continue with a series of 6 12-day sailings on two alternating itineraries roundtrip from Civitavecchia (Rome). The first itinerary will visit Katakolon, Piraeus (Athens), Rhodes, Crete, Istanbul (overnight), Kusadasi (Ephesus) and Naples; while the second itinerary will visit Naples, Palermo, Cagliari, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Malaga, Cartagena and Barcelona (overnight).

An artist rendering of ms Koningsdam

The sailings for summer and fall 2016 are still being finalised and details will be released in the coming months.

If you are interested in sailing on ms Koningsdam, make sure you call one of our Cruising Specialists to have all of your questions answered, and to be first in line when itineraries are released for booking. Just call them on 1300 954 661 today.

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