Holland America is just one of many cruise lines building bigger, better more innovative ships and to show the world their next venture the company has created a series of short videos called “Countdown to Koningsdam” that will provide construction updates as the supe ship nears completion. Hosted by Jonathan Rogers, Koningsdam’s inaugural cruise director, each video features one of the ship’s officers or a Holland America Line executive who will share ongoing developments on board the line’s newest vessel, currently being built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy.
The 1, 331-passenger Koningsdam will introduce a new Pinnacle Class of ship for Holland America Line that will include fine dining in several alternative restaurants including Sel de Mer, a new French seafood brasserie; a new immersive farm-to-table concept dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine; a redesigned Lido Market with themed serving stations; a stunning main dining room; and signature favorites as Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind. The ship also will feature Holland America Line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families and singles.
Passenger entertainment will be provided by the energetic Music Walk where music genres will be showcased in venues including Lincoln Center Stage, offering chamber music nightly; Billboard Onboard, where live musicians rock the crowd with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED projection at World Stage, new concepts for show-time performances will immerse the audience in panoramic visual and sound effects.
“The process of building a ship is fascinating and fast-paced, and we’re excited to share the latest updates through the ‘Countdown to Koningsdam’ video series,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Anticipation for the ship’s launch is gaining momentum, and through the series we will bring our fans along for the journey as this beautiful ship comes together for launch in April, 2016.”
Among those sharing insight about the ship are vice president, Deployment and Tour Marketing Linda Springmann, who will talk about the ship’s inaugural year itineraries; senior veep of Guest Experience Product Development Michael Smith, who will reveal more details about The Dining Room; director, Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft, speaking about the perks of Holland America Line’s loyalty program; and director of entertainment Bill Prince, who will take guests on an entertainment extravaganza at World Stage, the ship’s theater that surrounds the audience with a 270-degree LED projection.
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