Anticipation is building for Holland America Line’s newest and biggest cruise ship, Koningsdam, which makes its debut next spring. And now, straight from the ship’s construction site at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy comes a video series, “Countdown to Koningsdam,” that will chronicle building developments and give insights into what a vacationer’s life will be like on the ship.
Hosted by Jonathan Rogers, Koningsdam’s inaugural cruise director, each video features one of the ship’s officers or a Holland America Line executive. Hotel Director Stan Kuppens, for instance, will show off the progress of ship’s atrium, talk about his move to the yard and what’s coming next for his team; Vice President, Deployment and Tour Marketing Linda Springmann will talk about the ship’s inaugural year itineraries, and Senior Vice President of Guest Experience Product Development Michael Smith will reveal more details about The Dining Room.
“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,” says 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.” To see the videos as they are released, click here.
The 2,650-guest Koningsdam is the first of the line’s new Pinnacle Class of ship. The vessel will debut several innovative concepts and new public spaces and venues, while still featuring popular amenities guests associate with Holland America Line.
Alternative restaurants will include 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 favorites such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind. The ship also will feature Holland America Line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families and single staterooms among its 1,331 guest accommodations.
Onboard entertainment will feature the Music Walk area, showcasing different genres of music in venues such as 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 ship’s launch cruise, a seven-day sailing roundtrip from Rome April 8, has fares starting at $1,199 per person, double.