Holland America Line has taken delivery of the new Kongingsdam from Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Following the signing, the Dutch flag was raised on the ship for the first time. Koningsdam is registered in the Netherlands.
The first ship in the line's new Pinnacle class, Koningsdam will set sail on its Premier Voyage from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, April 8. Following a series of premiere Mediterranean voyages, Koningsdam’s official naming ceremony will take place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 20.
Following the naming festivities in May, the ship will head to its summer home port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and sail a series of northern Europe and Baltic cruises before returning to the Mediterranean in September. In the fall, the ship will head across the Atlantic Ocean to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where it will homeport at Port Everglades and spend the season exploring the Caribbean.
The new ship accommodates 2,650 guests and debuts several new public spaces and venues, such as alternative restaurants Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie, and a farm-to-table dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine. Grand Dutch Cafe debuts onboard with traditional Dutch treats and European beer, while a redesigned Lido Market offers themed serving stations. The main dining room is a focal point of the ship, and favorites return such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind.
For entertainment, a new Music Walk area includes the Lincoln Center Stage, offering chamber music nightly; Billboard Onboard, where live musicians rock the crowd with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge. On the World Stage, 270-degree LED projection screens will pair live performances with panoramic visual and sound effects.