Holland America Line is set to christen its new 99,500t cruise ship as ms Koningsdam, which is due to be delivered in February 2016.
The name was selected to honour His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in more than a century.
Commenting on the name, Holland America Group CEO Stein Kruse said: "In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company.
"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."
This new Pinnacle-class ship, which can accommodate 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, is currently under construction at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard.
Hospitality designer Adam D Tihany has designed ms Koningsdam, along with maritime designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten.
Claimed to be the largest ever built for the company, the new vessel will provide more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and will feature familiar spaces and amenities currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet.
The company had christened two of its ships as ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
Currently, Holland America Line operates a fleet of 15 cruise ships that offer more than 500 cruises a year to 415 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies across seven continents.
Image: Holland America Line to name it new ship as ms Koningsdam Photo: courtesy of PR Newswire/ Holland America Line.