Introducing ms Koningsdam

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Introducing ms Koningsdam

April 2016 marks the launch of the latest Holland America Line cruise ship – the ms Koningsdam.

Koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name celebrates Holland America Line’s majestic new ship, as well as paying homage to His Majesty King Willem- Alexander, first king of the Netherlands in over a century.

The first in a new, but still mid-sized Pinnacle class, 2,650-guest ms Koningsdam’s will blend a fresh, contemporary styling in harmony with HAL’s classic elegance. Interiors by Adam D. Tihany, one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality designers, will be inspired by the “architecture of music” – focusing on fluid curves, graceful lines and light-filled places. The ship’s increased size will mean exciting public spaces, venues and some soon-to-be-announced innovative new features.

The newest ship of any major cruise line to sail in Europe in 2016, ms Koningsdam will spend the first weeks of her premier season exploring some of the most iconic gems of the Mediterranean, then homeport from Amsterdam, her inaugural Northern Europe season featuring spectacular fjords, stunning Baltic Cities; the North Cape, Iceland and more.

Activities and entertainment onboard the ms Koningsdam will see guests enjoying the unique and interactive Culinary Arts Centre, Microsoft Windows powered Digital Workshops, fully equipped fitness centre and relaxing Greenhouse Spa and Salon. Exciting youth programmes are available for younger passengers. Evening entertainment features the incredible B.B King’s Blues Club hosted in the luxurious Queen’s Lounge

Queen’s Lounge

The iconic Queen’s Lounge has been completely reimagined as an elegant theatre and entertainment venue that spans two floors. With state-of-the-art technology, the Queen’s Lounge will showcase world-class musicians and the largest dance floor on the ship.


Soaring three decks high, the space is graced by an airy stainless-steel sculpture that represents the synthesis of a string quartet. Like music, the experience changes as guests move around and through it, so no two perspectives are the same. The atrium is capped by a ceiling “skylight” that serves as a backdrop for subtly changing high-definition projections.

Dining on ms Koningsdam

Dining Room

The main Dining Room aboard ms Koningsdam will span two floors and be framed by views of the sea, setting the stage for the exceptional culinary experience to come. The centrepiece is a curved copper sheath surrounding a two-story wine tower showcasing an impressive selection.

Sel de Mer

An intimate French seafood brasserie called Sel de Mer will serve classic French seafood dishes with a contemporary twist — from fresh oysters, seafood chowder and fruits de mer to salt-crusted whole fish, scallops and bouillabaisse.

Pinnacle Grill

Next door, and separated by a dramatic glass-enclosed wine room, the popular Pinnacle Grill will feature Pacific Northwest cuts of beef and steakhouse favourites.


Tamarind continues the success found aboard ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam featuring the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan, with a new intimate sushi bar seating 7 guests for lunch and dinner.

Grand Dutch Café

The Delft themed Grand Dutch Café, will be the ideal place to grab Dutch-themed snacks or beverages, with Heineken beer on tap, while Italian Canaletto offers a small-plate menu conceived to create a more authentic trattoria experience.

Dine at the new Culinary Arts Centre

Featuring a show kitchen and new individual cooking stations, as well as offering activities such as cooking demonstrations and hands-on classes; the Culinary Arts Centre in the evening will transform into a new dining concept called Dinner at the Culinary Arts Centre, where chefs prepare simple, artisanal dishes in the show kitchen and guests enjoy each course as it’s freshly prepared.

Ship Stats

  • 2,648 guests
  • Staterooms - 1,331. 68% with veranda
  • Gross tonnage 99,500 GRT
  • Max. Speed 22.2 knots
  • Pinnacle Suite (1), Neptune Suite (59), Mini-suite (104) Veranda (748), OV (100), IS (275)
  • New: 32 x Family ocean view staterooms with 2 bathrooms plus 12 x Single staterooms

View all the ms Koningsdam itineraries here

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