Koningsdam, Holland America Line’s new cruise ship, has been floated out from its dry dock to the outfitting dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.
The ship, which is expected to be delivered at the end of March, will now go through final construction and interior furnishing at the outfitting dock.
Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford said: "A ship’s construction has many key milestones, and floating it out and moving it to the outfitting dock is especially symbolic.
"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."
Koningsdam, a Pinnacle-class ship weighing 99,500t, will be able to accommodate 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members.
It will include several innovative concepts and new public venues, along with the familiar spaces and amenities featured across the Holland America Line fleet.
The ship will feature several alternative restaurants, including Sel de Mer, a new French seafood brasserie, and a new immersive farm-to-table dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Centre presented by Food & Wine magazine.
In addition, Koningsdam will have a redesigned, casual Lido Market with themed serving stations, as well as a main dining room and favourites such as the Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind.
Koningsdam is expected to start its maiden voyage in April 2016.
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: Koningsdam floats out from dry dock to outfitting dock at Marghera shipyard. Photo: courtesy of Holland America Line Inc.