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Holland America Line's new Pinnacle Class ship, ms Koningsdam.
Holland America Line's new Pinnacle Class ship, ms Koningsdam.

Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam (pronounced with a long ō sound, as in cone, KOH-ningsdam). While the name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an original in Holland America Line’s 141-year history. The 2,650-passenger ship is an evolution in design for the line — a new Pinnacle Class — 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 celebrates the majestic new ship. The name also pays honor 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 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.

“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.”

Holland America Line was founded in the Netherlands in 1873 as the Netherlands-American Steamship Company headquartered in Rotterdam. The original headquarters building still stands today as the Hotel New York on the Wilhelmina Pier, with the company’s European headquarters located nearby.

New design for a new flagship
When it debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland America Line. At 99,500 gross tons and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, the vessel is the largest ever built for the company. The increased size provides more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam. Familiar spaces and amenities currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet will also be found on the new ship.

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.

To get you more excited about the new ship, here are a few more photos from the recent Keel Laying ceremony that signaled the official beginning of construction of the ship.


Will you be sailing on ms Koningsdam? Tell us below if you’re planning on booking a cruise on the new flagship!

The keel was laid for Holland America Line's new Pinnacle Class ship.
The keel was laid for Holland America Line's new Pinnacle Class ship.

Holland America Line celebrated the keel laying of its new 2,650-guest Pinnacle Class ship Aug. 22 at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Following a traditional blessing by a priest, a 680-ton block was lowered by crane into the yard’s building dock, marking the official beginning of construction. The 99,500-gross-ton ship is scheduled for delivery in February 2016.
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Dec 2012

From left: Gianfranco Giacomin of Oxin, HAL’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Hotel Director Stan Kuppens, Sandro Marcon of Oxin and Zeljko Modrusan of Fincantieri.

As you have seen in the announcement not too long ago, Holland America Line has ordered a new ship that will be taken into commission in the February of 2016.

As eager and enthusiastic as we are about this news, we didn’t want to let time go to waste in order to try to develop and improve the catering areas in the new ship in the best possible way with the space we have available to us.

I am excited to report that, after an entire week looking at and working on the ship’s Catering Areas, we have been successful in optimizing every single Stainless Steel area of the new ship. The meetings took place in Italy at the vicinity of Oxin which is a Catering Area Building Company and the meetings were supervised by Fincantieri.

Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Deputy Director Technical Operations Henry Veringa and I took on the challenge of this important task for Holland America Line, and guidance and oversight was given by Carnival UK Commissioning Manager James Moore.

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Nieuw Amsterdam under construction in June 2009.

Exciting news, blog fans! It was announced today that Holland America Line will build another ship for delivery in fall 2015.

The 99,000-ton vessel will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at their Marghera Yard, near Venice. Fincantieri has built fourteen Holland America Line ships. The new ship will accommodate 2,660 guests in lower berths and will be the first in a new Pinnacle class of vessels.

The Pinnacle class will have exciting new culinary and entertainment venues, will take our premium accommodations to an even higher level and will include many energy savings measures that will enable us to achieve significant fuel efficiencies.

For more information click HERE. And as more details become available, we’ll share them with you!

Aug 2010

Here are some photos of the art work in one of Nieuw Amsterdam’s bars.

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Since March 26, 2010, we’ve been counting down the “Top 100 Reasons to Sail Aboard Nieuw Amsterdam.” Here’s the complete list of all 100 fabulous reasons! Now you can continue to add your owns reasons to sail.

100: Ahhh … that new-ship smell.
99: Brush up on your computer skills at a shipboard digital workshop powered by Microsoft.
98: Grab some pizza from Slice.
97: Chill out on a warm tile lounger while waiting for a massage in the Greenhouse Spa.
96: Call at our beautiful private island, Half Moon Cay.
95: Take a self-guided walking tour of the extensive on-board art collection.
94: Be entertained Broadway-style in the Showroom at Sea.
93: Learn how to prepare a gourmet dish from a world-renowned chef in the Culinary Arts Center.
92: Participate in the “On Deck for the Cure” breast cancer charity walk benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
91: Do “The New York Times” crossword puzzle in the Explorations Cafe — powered by “The New York Times”.
90: Learn the difference between Cabernet and Merlot in a wine tasting.
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Jul 2010

Steve J. Garrod, HAL employee and webmaster for shipcafe.net, sent us these cool photos from around Nieuw Amsterdam.

A REALLY BIG APPLE hammers home the ship's New York design theme.

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