Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam named by Royalty
In a prestigious ceremony held in Rotterdam, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands officially named ms Koningsdam. (click above images for full size and more photos)
Her Majesty Queen Máxima started the ceremony by blessing the ships bell, by pouring a glass of champagne over it, a time-honoured tradition whenever a new ship is added to the Holland America Line fleet.
Next, the ship was officially christened during a ceremony where Her Majesty Queen Máxima pulled a rope to trigger the traditional champagne bottle break on ms Koningsdam’s hull.
Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president, said, “It’s an honour to have Her Majesty Queen Máxima as the godmother to Koningsdam, and May 20 was a truly special day with Her Majesty delivering the ceremonial traditions of welcoming our newest ship to the fleet. As our company was founded in Rotterdam more than 143 years ago, it was fitting to return to our roots for Koningsdam’s royal dedication.”
Following the ceremony, a gala luncheon was held on board in addition to shipwide celebrations throughout the day. In the evening the ship set sail for Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and fireworks lit up the sky as Koningsdam passed Hoek van Holland.
Thousands of Dutch residents came out throughout the day to join in Holland America Line’s special events. Visit our website for ms Koningsdam itineraries