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The two-floor Queen's Lounge on Koningsdam has been completely reimagined as an elegant theater.
The two-floor Queen's Lounge on Koningsdam has been completely reimagined as an elegant theater.

When Holland America Line welcomes ms Koningsdam to the fleet in February 2016, the ship will debut a new era in design approach for the line. As the first ship in the Pinnacle class, the 2,650-guest ship will have an interior that blends a fresh, contemporary styling in perfect harmony with the line’s renowned classic elegance.

Future guests, travel agents and ship fans can now get the first look at select interior renderings on Holland America Line’s website, www.hollandamerica.com. The story of the ship will unfold online over the coming months through vibrant renderings, engaging videos, ship facts and more details about the interiors created by Adam D. Tihany and Bjørn Storbraaten.

“When guests come aboard ms Koningsdam they’ll know they’re on a Holland America Line ship, but they’ll see we’re taking a forward-thinking approach to many of the design elements,” said Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group. “Revealing the first renderings and video of ms Koningsdam enables us to give future guests an advance look at the stunning interiors and over the coming months will reveal innovative new features along with our classics hallmarks that will create a cruise experience for the travelers of tomorrow.”

Adam_Tihany_250At the helm of the interior conceptualization is Adam D. Tihany, regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality designers. A leader in creating luxurious and creative interiors at some of the world’s most iconic properties, Tihany has approached ms Koningsdam with an eye toward creating public spaces that reflect the tradition and signature elegance for which Holland America Line is known, while elevating the design to strike a more modern balance of past, present and future.

Focusing on fluid curves and graceful lines, light-filled spaces and the natural flow of public areas, Tihany’s metaphorical approach to the interiors of ms Koningsdam was inspired by the “architecture of music.”

“The idea was to tell a story that guests can connect with throughout their voyage,” said Tihany. “I was inspired by the thought of what you might see from the inside of a musical instrument, what the architecture of the surfaces and the geometry look like.”

Key to his concept is utilizing visual interaction, where guests actively engage with the architecture rather than passively moving through it.

“The design isn’t a literal translation of music, but a conceptual approach where we seek to evoke the feeling and beauty of an instrument with graceful lines, dramatic textures, lighting effects and use of materials,” said Tihany. “My inspirations were not only instruments, but also majestic spaces and exaggerating the feeling of height, so guests feel the grandeur of every room.”

For example, at the heart of the ship Tihany is creating visual drama with the central atrium. Soaring three decks high, the space is graced by an airy stainless-steel sculpture that represents the synthesis of a string quartet. Like music, the experience changes as guests move around and through it, so no two perspectives are the same. The atrium is capped by a ceiling “skylight” that serves as a backdrop for subtly changing high-definition projections.

Koningsdam's Atrium.

Koningsdam’s Atrium.

Koningsdam's Atrium.

Koningsdam’s Atrium.

Guests will look up by day and see wispy cirrus clouds floating in an azure sky or perhaps soothing images of light in water. By evening, the atrium takes on dramatic lighting hues or reflects the starlit constellations of the night sky.

Hallmark Venues Reimagined with A Fresh Approach
The main Dining Room aboard ms Koningsdam will span two floors and be framed by views of the sea. A bright interior will be inspired by a modern, global design and sets the stage for the exceptional culinary experience to come. Strong, curved architectural pillars will accentuate the soaring ceiling. Chic, custom furnishings and modern glass lighting are being fabricated especially for the ship. The centerpiece is a curved copper sheath surrounding a two-story wine tower showcasing an impressive selection.

Koningsdam's beautiful Main Dining Room.

Koningsdam’s beautiful Main Dining Room.

The iconic Queen’s Lounge has been completely reimagined as an elegant theater and entertainment venue that spans two floors. Tihany once again drew inspiration for the space from music, nodding to the sensual curves of a violin and featuring extensive use of wood, fluid waveforms and light. With state-of-the-art technology, the Queen’s Lounge will showcase world-class musicians and the largest dance floor on the ship.

The upper floor of the Queen's Lounge.

The upper floor of the Queen’s Lounge.

Architect and Designer Bjørn Storbraaten Joins Tihany in Blending Contemporary Styling with Brand Hallmarks
Bjorn_Storbraaten_175Architect and designer Bjørn Storbraaten joins Tihany in bringing the ship to life in a familiar yet innovative style. With his previous work on ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam, Storbraaten adds continuity of the brand to ms Koningsdam, while taking elegance to the next level.

“It’s been fascinating to work on ms Koningsdam where we are introducing design elements never before seen on Holland America Line,” said Storbraaten. “We were tasked with evolving the look and feel of the ship while keeping it true to the brand, making this an exciting and rewarding project.”

Storbraaten’s hand is clearly present in the design of the central pool area. The Magrodome, which typically is a single level on Holland America Line ships, has been expanded to two levels to create a vast glass-enclosed space. The lower level will have more traditional poolside elements, while the mezzanine level will be a new concept for the brand and create the refined atmosphere of a European bathhouse. In addition to other areas, Storbraaten is designing the exotic look of Tamarind, the line’s Pan-Asian restaurant that emphasizes nature’s basic elements: water, wood, fire and earth.

Across the ship, Tihany and Storbraaten are working together to make ms Koningsdam an evolution of the Holland America Line brand.

The elegant Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant is sure to delight guests.

The elegant Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant is sure to delight guests.

A Signature Suite.

A Signature Suite.

A Vista Suite.

A Vista Suite.

A verandah spa stateroom.

A verandah spa stateroom.

A verandah stateroom.

A verandah stateroom.

An ocean-view stateroom.

An ocean-view stateroom.

New family staterooms on Koningsdam.

New family staterooms on Koningsdam.

An interior stateroom.

An interior stateroom.

Over the coming months, even more innovative features and detailed renderings of ms Koningsdam will be released on the company’s website. Early season premier itineraries will be revealed in the coming weeks, in advance of these first ms Koningsdam sailings opening for booking on Dec. 1.

What do you think? Which interiors are you most excited to see revealed? Tell us below!

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.

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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!

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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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