Holland America Line to launch Koningsdam in April
The newest vessel, slated for release in April 2016, is the first in the cruise line’s new Pinnacle-class, and is the largest ever built for Holland America Line with a capacity for 2,650 guests. The ship’s name is inspired by Willem-Alexander, the Netherlands’ first king in more than 100 years.
Holland America Line leveraged acclaimed hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany to create a unique and striking ship for this new class, basing his designs around the theme of “Architecture of Music.”
A video series released by Holland America Line offers glimpses into the new cruise ship’s design, showing how Tihany evokes the beauty of music with light-filled spaces, fluid lines and dramatic textures. For instance, a three-story atrium is based on a string quartet.
“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 geometry look like.”
Onboard amenities includes the Music Walk, a set of three venues featuring nightly performances of a variety of music genres; a farm-to-table concept dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Center; and BLEND, an intimate venue offering guests the chance to blend their own wine to enjoy at dinner or in the privacy of their staterooms.
“We’re introducing several new venues on Koningsdam, and Adam’s signature style of sophistication and innovation is going to create an impressive onboard ambiance for our guests — classic with a modern twist,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, in a written statement.
Of course, no cruise would be complete without Park West Gallery’s art auctions at sea, which will be found aboard the Koningsdam as it sets sail this year. Be sure to visit our onboard gallery during the inaugural launch of this luxurious ship.
The 99,500-gross-ton Koningsdam will be the 14th vessel to join Holland America Line’s fleet. The vessel’s itineraries include the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, Western Mediterranean and transatlantic.