Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam. The 2,650-passenger ship is a new Pinnacle Class vessel, and is being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard.
Since 1883 every Holland America passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that tradition. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name also pays honor to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.
All 15 Holland America Line 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.
Many of Holland America Line’s ships have been christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years. Most recently, ms Nieuw Amsterdam was christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima in 2010. And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
When it debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be 99,500 gross tons and capable of carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, largest vessel ever built for the company. Holland America Line is working with Adam D. Tihany to design the ship.
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