Holland America Line creates original name, Koningsdam, for its new Pinnacle Class ship
Holland America Line has chosen a name never used before in its 141-year history, ms Koningsdam, for its new 99,500-ton cruise ship, due to arrive in February 2016.
The name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, and also reflects a new era with the original name.
How the new Koningsdam will look when she arrives in 2016
The 2,650-passenger ship - the largest ever built for Holland America - is an evolution in design for the line - a new Pinnacle Class - and is being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard.
Since 1883 every Holland America passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that tradition. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name celebrates the majestic new ship.
The name also pays honor to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.
Holland America Line has a long, proud history with the Netherlands. All 15 premium cruise ships fly the Dutch flag as they sail throughout the world, to more than 400 ports of call. The historic greatness of the line’s Dutch heritage is shared with nearly one million guests each year. And the line has many Dutch employees, including most of the fleet’s captains and officers.
Many of Holland America Line’s ships have been christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years. Most recently, ms Nieuw Amsterdam was christened by Princess Maxima in 2010. And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
“In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of the Holland America Group. “This new Pinnacle Class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.
When it debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland America Line and, at 99,500 gross ton, the largest ever built for the company.
The increased size provides more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam. Familiar spaces and amenities currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet will also be found on the new ship.
To bring a fresh vision to ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line has signed up Adam D. Tihany, one of the world’s pre-eminent hospitality designers. Tihany joins distinguished maritime designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten who worked with Holland America Line on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and ms Eurodam.
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