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The Countdown to Koningsdam videos reveal more about the newbuild.
The Countdown to Koningsdam videos reveal more about the newbuild.

In anticipation of the launch of ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line is debuting a series of short videos called “Countdown to Koningsdam” that will provide construction updates as the ship nears completion. Hosted by Johnathan Rogers, Koningsdam’s inaugural cruise director, each video features one of the ship’s principal officers or a Holland America Line executive who will speak about their area of interest.

Here is the first video:

“The process of building a ship is fascinating and fast-paced, and we’re excited to share the latest updates through the ‘Countdown to Koningsdam’ video series,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Anticipation for the ship’s launch is gaining momentum, and through the series we will bring our fans along for the journey as this beautiful ship comes together for launch in April, 2016.”

In addition to updates and interviews, the series will show the progress of the ship through vivid videos shot at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy where Koningsdam is under construction.

In this first video, Hotel Director Stan Kuppens shows off the progress of ship’s atrium, talks about his move to the yard and what’s coming next for his team.

Hotel Director Stan Kuppens is featured in the first Countdown to Koningsdam video.

Hotel Director Stan Kuppens is featured in the first Countdown to Koningsdam video.

Also scheduled to share their insight in the “Countdown to Koningsdam” series are Vice President, Deployment and Tour Marketing Linda Springmann, who will talk about the ship’s inaugural year itineraries; Senior Vice President of Guest Experience Product Development Michael Smith, who will reveal more details about The Dining Room; Director, Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft, speaking about the perks of Holland America Line’s loyalty program; and Director of Entertainment Bill Prince, who will take guests on an entertainment extravaganza at World Stage, the ship’s theater that surrounds the audience with a 270-degree LED projection.

Koningsdam's Cruise Director Johnathan Rogers hosts Countdown to Koningsdam.

Koningsdam’s Cruise Director Johnathan Rogers hosts Countdown to Koningsdam.

At the helm of the videos is Cruise Director Johnathan Rogers. Rogers joined Holland America Line in 2014 and is thrilled to be able to put his proficiency in six languages (soon to be eight) to good use with the line’s international guests and crew. Since embarking on his first voyage as cruise director, he has worked on Veendam, Volendam, Westerdam and Rotterdam.

When he goes ashore, Rogers enjoys viewing the local architecture and seeing how it has evolved as a result of the geography and climate. He counts Lisbon, Portugal, as his favorite port of call and would like to move there one day. A Canadian native from Vancouver, British Columbia, Rogers now lives in Portland, Oregon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the Université de Montréal and a master’s degree in modern languages from the Universiteit van Pretoria. With a Dutch mother and an American father, Rogers calls himself “half Holland and half America.”

The video shows the floatout when water touches the hull for the first time.

The video shows the floatout when water touches the hull for the first time.

Will you be cruising on Koningsdam during its inaugural year? Tell us which itinerary you’re booked on!

December 2015 UPDATE: Take Advantage of View & Verandah
We want to make your dream cruise even dreamier with our new View & Verandah promotion. We’re offering stateroom upgrades, up to 10 percent off shore excursions and up to 25 percent off Collectors’ Voyages on 2016-2017 sailings when booked by Feb. 29, 2016. Check out the offer to see if your dream cruise is included and book now!

BLEND on ms Koningsdam allows guests to blend their own wine from five Chateau Ste. Michele reds.
BLEND on ms Koningsdam allows guests to blend their own wine from five Chateau Ste. Michele reds.

At an event in Seattle, Holland America Line and Chateau Ste. Michelle announced an exciting new partnership. Wine connoisseurs and novices alike will be able to experience the art of winemaking at BLEND aboard ms Koningsdam when the ship debuts in April 2016. In collaboration with Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington State’s oldest and most acclaimed winery, the intimate venue will enable guests to blend their own wine and enjoy it at dinner or in the privacy of their stateroom.

BLEND — the first of its kind for Holland America Line and the only purpose-built wine-blending venue at sea — will have a tasting table that accommodates 10 guests who can create their own blend from a selection of five barrels of single-vineyard red wine. In addition to participating in the blending process, guests also will learn about wine from the ship’s wine expert, who leads the blending session.

“At the core of every Holland America Line cruise is our desire to offer unique, immersive and innovative experiences, and BLEND by Chateau Ste. Michelle is all of those things and more,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The BLEND experience on Koningsdam is designed to appeal to everyone, and it will be exciting for our guests to create an exclusive wine tailored to their personal taste that they can enjoy onboard with our exceptional cuisine.”

After viewing a welcome video by Bob Bertheau, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s winemaker, guests will learn interesting information about the history of Washington wines and winemaking, examine soil samples, and see how different vineyard sites impact the flavors and style of the wine. The Cellar Master also will instruct guests on what characteristics, flavors and nuances to look for in the wine from each barrel.

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Guests then sample the five unique wines, featuring such varietals as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from the winery’s Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge Estate vineyards, and make tasting notes on what they like about each. The blending begins in a graduated cylinder, with guests determining how much of each wine to include in their personal bottle.

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After the personalized wine blend is put into the bottle with a stopper, guests will be able to create their own label to add a personalized touch. The wine will then be sent to The Dining Room or another restaurant, where it will be waiting for the guests to enjoy with their evening meal. Alternatively guests can take the wine blend to their stateroom to enjoy at their leisure.

The wine blending sessions will be held daily for a fee, and reservations are required.

At the event, which was held at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, attendees — including media, travel partners, company President Orlando Ashford and Culinary Council members Rudi Sodamin, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres — got to blend their own wines. Everyone was able to get a feel for what the BLEND experience will be like onboard.

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Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford makes his own blend at the event as Master Chef Rudi Sodamin looks on.

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford makes his own blend at the event as Master Chef Rudi Sodamin looks on.

Gerald Mosslinger; Chef Torres; Chef Best; Ashford; Chef Falkner; Chef Burke; Michael Smith; and Chef Sodamin.

Vice President of Guest Food & Beverage Services Gerald Mosslinger; Torres; Best; Ashford; Falkner; Burke; Senior Vice President of Guest Experience Product Development Michael Smith and Sodamin.

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Are you excited to BLEND your own wine on Koningsdam?

Koningsdam's two-tier Lido pool area is perfect for relaxing and grabbing a bite.
Koningsdam's two-tier Lido pool area is perfect for relaxing and grabbing a bite.

The ms Koningsdam story continues to unfold in a new video revealing never-before-seen renderings and more details about Holland America Line’s newest ship, scheduled to set sail in Europe in April 2016. Guests can “come aboard” Koningsdam by viewing the video at hollandamerica.com.

Through sweeping flyover views and vibrant images, the fourth video in the Koningsdam series highlights spacious two-tier dining, lounge and pool areas as well as the ship’s innovative Music Walk and an abundance of culinary experiences shipboard venues and innovations, including family staterooms – a first for Holland America Line.

“A newbuild generates a lot of buzz, especially a new class of ship like Koningsdam, and the videos allow us to show off all of the ship’s exciting amenities and share our anticipation of its launch next year,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Koningsdam offers the perfect balance between classic and contemporary, and the videos show our guests what a fantastic and beautiful ship it’s going to be.”

With the ship still under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard at Marghera, Italy, new and enhanced renderings of several onboard areas provide a more comprehensive glimpse into the 2,650-guest newbuild.

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Onboard entertainment will be taken to a new level with the energetic Music Walk area featuring all genres of music showcased in venues including 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 bringing the best of Memphis music to sea.

Take a dip in the pool and then grab some snacks at the two-tiered Lido Pool area featuring Gelato, serving homemade Italian ices and ice cream, popsicles, waffle cones, sundaes, floats, shakes and malts; New York Deli & Pizza, where guests can get a specialty sandwich or custom-made thin-crust pie in less than 10 minutes; and Dive-In with gourmet hamburgers, hot dogs and fries made to order.

Clockwise from top: the Lido pool area, Gelato, Lido Bar, New York Deli & Pizza and Dive-In.

Clockwise from top: the Lido pool area, Gelato, Lido Bar, New York Deli & Pizza and Dive-In.

At night in the new Lido Pool area, feature films are shown on an expansive outdoor movie screen with complimentary snacks served chairside.

Soar through the culinary offerings and see the striking décor that brings each venue’s personality to life — from the blue and white hues of the Grand Dutch Cafe to The Dining Room to the classic Pinnacle Grill. Viewers can see the reimagined Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine that will offer demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes during the day and transform into a dinner venue at night based on the popular farm-table movement. A new rendering of Sel de Mer, the intimate seafood brasserie offering a contemporary twist on timeless French classics, shows the bistro-like atmosphere and rich, colorful design.

Sel de Mer is an intimate seafood brasserie serving French classics with a contemporary twist.

Sel de Mer is an intimate seafood brasserie serving French classics with a contemporary twist.

The Crow’s Nest is a Holland America Line tradition and guest favorite, and the video shows new renderings of the venue with its sweeping panoramic views and cozy furnishings.

Guests love the cozy ambiance and panoramic views of the Crow's Nest.

Guests love the cozy ambiance and panoramic views of the Crow’s Nest.

Family staterooms that can accommodate up to five guests make their debut on Koningsdam, and new renderings of Club HAL children’s facilities show why a Holland America Line cruise is the perfect family vacation.

Junior cruisers will have a blast at Club HAL!

Junior cruisers will have a blast at Club HAL!

To view all four videos in the series, visit hollandamerica.com.

Stay tuned to the blog for more exciting Koningsdam news in the coming weeks. And remember, if you’re looking to sail on the newbuild, bookings are open for its summer season in Europe and Caribbean season in the winter. We hope to see you onboard!

Koningsdam getting towed from the drydock to the outfitting dock.
Koningsdam getting towed from the drydock to the outfitting dock.

Another milestone was reached in the construction of Koningsdam with the float-out and transfer of the ship from its dry dock to its outfitting dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.

Water touching the hull of Koningsdam for the first time.

Water touching the hull of Koningsdam for the first time.

Koningsdam moving to the outfitting dock with the assistance of a tug.

Koningsdam moving to the outfitting dock with the assistance of a tug.

At the outfitting dock, final construction and interior furnishing will take place until the ship is delivered March 31, 2016. This short video shows a little movement of the ship from the drydock.

“A ship’s construction has many key milestones, and floating it out and moving it to the outfitting dock is especially symbolic,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The float-out represents that we are getting closer to welcoming Koningsdam to our fleet and seeing the ship in the water adds to the excitement among our loyal guests, travel agent partners and employees in anticipation of its arrival.”

Coin Ceremony for Good Luck

A coin ceremony also was held earlier on Feb. 26, when Tineke Schröder, wife of the founder of Dutch airline Martinair and a member of Holland America Line’s Mariner Society, served as the ship’s madrina.

The coin ceremony, clockwise from top left: Madrina Tineke Schröder; Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri Shipyard, Martin and Tinke Schröder, and Keith Taylor; the Schröders; and Keith and Tinke.

The coin ceremony, clockwise from top left: Madrina Tineke Schröder; Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri Shipyard, Martin and Tinke Schröder, and Keith Taylor; the Schröders; and Keith and Tinke.

During the coin ceremony, observed as a tradition to bring good fortune, two gold coins were welded to the forward mast of the ship by Schröder; Antonio Quintano, director of Fincantieri Shipyard; and Keith Taylor, executive vice president, fleet operations, for Holland America Line, followed by speeches and a blessing by the shipyard chaplain.

The gold coins bear the image of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the ship’s name pays honor to the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.

These two gold coins were welded to the ship for good luck.

These two gold coins were welded to the ship for good luck.

Funnel Arriving at the Shipyard

On February 10, the ship’s funnel arrived at the yard, and this is another significant milestone on the building of a ship. After all, with all of the different cruise lines plying the oceans around the world, the funnel – usually bearing the company’s logo – is often the key to distinguishing which company the ship belongs to. And Koningsdam is no different with its white funnel proudly displaying the Holland America Line logo.

Koningsdam's funnel arriving at the shipyard.

Koningsdam’s funnel arriving at the shipyard.

What is your favorite construction milestone? Stay tuned to the blog for more exciting Koningsdam developments!

Bookings for  Koningsdam's European itineraries open Saturday, Feb. 7.
Bookings for Koningsdam's European itineraries open Saturday, Feb. 7.

You’ve asked and you’ve waited, and now it’s finally here! Starting today guests can make bookings for the summer 2016 European cruises of ms Koningsdam and the May 9 Christening Cruise.

As previously detailed on the blog, from May through the summer the ship will be sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on itineraries to Norway, the Baltic, British Isles and Iceland. That makes three ships sailing from Dutch homeports – a first for Holland America Line.

Additionally, the ship’s 13-day Christening Cruise that departs May 9, 2016, from Civitavecchia, Italy, to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will be open to book. The Christening Cruise will feature the ship’s official naming celebration May 21 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, followed by an overnight at Amsterdam.

“We are excited to open the maiden European summer season of Koningsdam for booking and especially pleased to announce the Christening Cruise that will feature the official naming celebration of this special ship,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The summer season cruises on Koningsdam offer unique itineraries, so we recommend guests book early to reserve their preferred sailing date and stateroom.”

From its summer homeport of Amsterdam, Koningsdam will begin a series of seven- and 14-day cruises to Norway that showcase the country’s stunning scenery and dramatic fjords.

In August the ship sails a British Isles and Iceland itinerary that features three calls in Iceland and visits to ports in England, Scotland and Norway.

Three ports in Iceland highlight the Northern Isles itineraries. Guests can even go whale watching on the Husavik Whale Watching Safari tour in Akuruyri.

Three ports in Iceland highlight the Northern Isles itineraries. Guests can even go whale watching on the Husavik Whale Watching Safari tour in Akuruyri.

On two 14-day itineraries in June and September, guests can embark on a journey to the Baltic and visit historical and cultural sites in Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden.

Gorgeous ports in the Baltic await, like Helsinki, Finland, and Tallinn, Estonia.

Gorgeous ports in the Baltic await, like Helsinki, Finland, left, and Tallinn, Estonia.

In a first for Holland America Line, the ship will feature purpose-built staterooms for families of five as well as single staterooms among its 1,331 guest accommodations.

The ship’s fall and winter itineraries will be announced in the coming months.

Raise your hand if you’ll be booking a Koningsdam European itinerary or the Christening Cruise! Tell us which one below!

Holland America Line announces exciting new European itineraries for ms Koningsdam.
Holland America Line announces exciting new European itineraries for ms Koningsdam.

In summer 2016, Holland America Line’s newest ship, ms Koningsdam, will sail out of the port of Amsterdam, marking the first time the company will have three ships sailing out of three Dutch ports: Koningsdam out of Amsterdam, Rotterdam out of Rotterdam and Prinsendam out of Ijmuiden.

The ports of Amsterdam, top, and Rotterdam hosted press events today to announce Koningsdam's new itineraries. In the center photo are Mark Kammerer, vice president, international marketing and sales; Rene Kouwenberg, director of the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam; and Nico Bleichrodt, managing director, sales and marketing — North and Central Europe.

The ports of Amsterdam, top, and Rotterdam hosted press events today to announce Koningsdam’s new itineraries. Pictured are, from left, Mark Kammerer, vice president, international marketing and sales; Rene Kouwenberg, director of the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam; and Nico Bleichrodt, managing director, sales and marketing — North and Central Europe.

Koningsdam will debut a series of northern Europe and Baltic cruises as part of the premium line’s robust Europe season that features seven ships sailing throughout the region. Koningsdam’s summer itineraries — and all of Holland America Line’s 2016 summer Europe sailings — will be available for booking in early February.

Following a series of previously announced seven- and 12-day Premiere Sailings from Feb. 20 through April in the Mediterranean, the ship will reposition from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, to its summer homeport of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Koningsdam will then go on to sail roundtrip Amsterdam itineraries to Norway, the Baltic and Iceland, where breathtaking vistas and grand fjords await. Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line said,

“For the first summer sailing season of our beautiful new ship ms Koningsdam, we’ve crafted some incredible itineraries to Europe’s most beautiful ports. We recommend booking early because response to Koningsdam’s Premiere Voyages was overwhelmingly positive.”

Koningsdam’s 13-day repositioning cruise from the Med departs May 9 and explores 10 ports in Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal, France, Belgium and the Netherlands before ending with an overnight at Amsterdam.

Kongingsdam Showcases Norway in Summer 2016

Once at Amsterdam, the ship will begin exciting seven- and 14-day cruises to Norway that showcase the country’s majestic scenery and quaint landscapes. A seven-day itinerary in May, July and August calls at Flam, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Oslo, with scenic cruising in Sognefjord and Oslofjord. Another seven-day itinerary in June and July calls at Eidfjord, Ålesund, Geiranger and Bergen, with scenic cruising in Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord. A seven-day voyage in August calls at Bergen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Ålesund and Eidfjord, with Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord scenic cruising.

A highlight of the Norway cruises is the call at Geiranger at the heart of Geirangerfjord.

A highlight of the Norway cruises is the call at Geiranger at the heart of Geirangerfjord.

A longer 14-day Norwegian exploration departs May 29 and July 17, and crosses the Arctic Circle while calling at eight ports in Norway. Guests also will enjoy memorable scenic cruising in Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord, Trondheimsfjord, the North Cape and Sognefjord.

British Isles and Baltic Round Out Koningsdam Europe Highlights

Travelers looking to visit the British Isles and Iceland can embark Koningsdam Aug. 14 for a cruise to Newcastle upon Tyne, England; South Queensferry (Edinburgh) and Invergordon (Inverness), Scotland; Reykjavik (overnight), Isafjordur and Akuruyri, Iceland; and Ålesund and Bergen, Norway.

Edinburgh, Scotland, left, and Reykjavik, Iceland, are two of the calls on the Northern Isles cruise. Photos courtesy of Jaap Wisse, left, and Jan Yetke.

Edinburgh, Scotland, left, and Reykjavik, Iceland, are two of the calls on the Northern Isles cruise. Photos courtesy of Jaap Wisse, left, and Jan Yetke.

The Baltic awaits Koningsdam’s guests on two 14-day itineraries in June and September, also sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam. The ship calls at the most sought-after ports in the region, with visits to Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde (Berlin) and Kiel (Hamburg), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg (overnight), Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden.

Calls at St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen are featured on the Baltic cruises. Guests can explore each port on tours like An Evening at Tivoli Gardens on Your Own and Edinburgh Highlights & Castle.

Calls at St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen are featured on the Baltic cruises. Guests can explore each port on tours like An Evening at Tivoli Gardens on Your Own and Edinburgh Highlights & Castle.

At the end on the season, Koningsdam sails from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia on a 12-day journey that visits England, Gibraltar, Portugal and four ports in Spain. On Oct. 24 the ship repositions to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a 14-day voyage that crosses the Atlantic following calls at Alicante, Malaga (Granada) and Huelva (Seville), Spain; and Funchal, Madeira.

Koningsdam’s Premiere Voyage and Sailings

As previously announced, Koningsdam’s seven-day Premier Voyage sails roundtrip from Civitavecchia departing Feb. 20 to Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kérkira (Corfu) and Katakolon (Olympia), Greece; and Naples, Italy. The 12-day Premiere Sailings that follow are two alternating itineraries roundtrip from Civitavecchia. The “Greek & Turkish Treasures” itinerary calls at Katakolon, Piraeus (Athens), Rhodes and Crete, Greece; Istanbul (overnight) and Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; and Naples, Italy. This itinerary also will be offered Sept. 30, in addition to the Premiere spring departures.

The “Mediterranean Mosaic” itinerary spends 12 days visiting Naples, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; Gibraltar, British Territory; and Cádiz, Málaga, Cartagena and Barcelona (overnight), Spain, sailing roundtrip from Civitavecchia. In addition to the Premiere spring departures, this itinerary also will depart Oct 12.

About ms Koningsdam

Koningsdam represents a new Pinnacle Class of ship for Holland America Line. The vessel will debut several innovative concepts and new public spaces and venues, while still featuring popular amenities guests associate with Holland America Line.

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 Bjørn Storbraaten who worked with Holland America Line on ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam. The two firms will create an interior that blends a fresh, contemporary styling in perfect harmony with the line’s renowned classic elegance.

The line recently unveiled the first series of interior renderings for ms Koningsdam on their website, and additional details will continue to be revealed over the coming months, including plans for the ship’s official christening.

Are you looking forward to ms Koningsdam’s summer 2016 itineraries? Let us know which cruise you want to book in the comments!

December 2015 UPDATE: Take Advantage of View & Verandah
We want to make your dream cruise even dreamier with our new View & Verandah promotion. We’re offering stateroom upgrades, up to 10 percent off shore excursions and up to 25 percent off Collectors’ Voyages on 2016-2017 sailings when booked by Feb. 29, 2016. Check out the offer to see if your dream cruise is included and book now!

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 April 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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