Holland America's Koningsdam Completes Sea Trials

koningsdamHolland America Line's Koningsdam returned to Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard Saturday, January 16, after successfully completing two sets of sea trials off the Italian coast.

Koningsdam left Marghera January 2 and performed the first set of sea trials over three days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri's Trieste shipyard, where standard hull maintenance was performed. The ship sailed its second sea trials January 10 through 16, making its way back to Marghera, where the finishing touches will be completed.

During the sea trials, Koningsdam underwent a series of performance tests on the ship's systems, machinery and engines.

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Captain Emiel de Vries, Koningsdam's master-designate, has not yet taken command of the ship, but he participated in testing the ship's maneuvering characteristics and safety systems together with the shipyard's team of naval architects and builders.

In its inaugural year, Koningsdam will sail a variety of itineraries in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and the Caribbean. The ship's naming ceremony is scheduled for May 20 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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