MS Koningsdam is a new cruise ship constructed by Fincantieri at its Marghera shipyard, Italy, for Holland America Line. It is the first Pinnacle-class vessel to join Holland America’s cruise ship fleet.
The first steel for MS Koningsdam was cut in February 2014, and a keel-laying ceremony was held in August 2014.The ship was delivered in March 2016 and embarked on her maiden voyage in April 2016.
Koningsdam is designed in a contemporary style to create a perfect harmony with classic elegance. It features luxurious interiors that blend fresh air, fluid curves, elegant lines and illuminated spaces. The public spaces are designed to reflect tradition, whereas the architectural elements are inspired by music.
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The central atrium with a ceiling skylight is three decks high and adorned by an airy stainless steel sculpture. The interiors are designed by Adam D Tihany and Bjørn Storbraaten.
The 99,500 gross register tonnage (grt) cruise ship has a capacity to accommodate 2,650 passengers and 1,025 crew members.
The new Pinnacle-class cruise ship offers single and family staterooms. The staterooms are classified into three categories, namely Neptune, Signature and Vista.
The ship also features 32 family ocean-view staterooms that occupy between 222ft² and 231ft², with two bathrooms and accommodation for five people, and 12 single ocean-view cabins measuring between 127ft² and 172ft². The staterooms and suites are furnished with custom casework, USB ports and frameless glass shower doors.
A grand 1,290ft² Pinnacle Suite comprises a living area, dining area, dressing area, bedroom and personal verandah with whirlpool. The cruise ship also features two Neptune Spa Suites and 43 Neptune Suites. The guests of Neptune and Pinnacle suites have access to the Neptune Lounge, with a personalised concierge service.
The fleet-wide lounges offer worktables, a big-screen television, a library, sofas and chairs, complimentary refreshments and Wi-Fi at a nominal charge in the ship.
Koningsdam also offers affordable accommodation, including 266 standard or large interior rooms of up to 225ft². Most of the rooms have verandas. The verandah spa accommodations, which are located near the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, offer health and wellness services during the journey.
The guests on-board Koningsdam can enjoy dining at six restaurants, namely the Pinnacle Grill, the main dining room, the Lido, Tamarind Asian fusion restaurant, In-Cabin and Balcony Dining, and Canaletto Italian restaurant.
The central bar area allows the guests to check-in for an alternative-dining reservation at the central podium, and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail before being seated at the restaurant.
The Culinary Arts Centre offers activities such as hands-on classes and cooking demonstrations during the day, while it transforms into a dining area and the Grand Dutch Café to provide snacks or beverages in the evening.
The Music Walk complex on the ship encompasses the Lincoln Centre Stage, Billboard Onboard and BB King’s Blues Club.
The World Stage, with multiple stage configurations, features high-definition 270° LED screen measuring 250ft in length. It is equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting for showcasing performances and productions.
Additional facilities include Digital Workshop, Explorations Café, Fitness Centre, Merabella luxury shop, Signature Shops, Promenade, Casino and Explorer’s Lounge.
MS Koningsdam entered service with a seven-day round-trip voyage from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Naples, followed by a series of six 12-day sailings across the Mediterranean.
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