Holland America’s upcoming cruise ship ms Koningsdam has completed sea trials. The new ship returned back to the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera on January 16. Sea trials are one of the last major construction milestones when building a cruise ship. The sea trial photos look breathtaking and are usually the best for a new vessel. During the sea trials, Koningsdam underwent a series of performance tests on the ship’s systems, machinery and engines.
Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president said:
“Koningsdam is a new class of ship for Holland America Line, so everyone was eager to get the ship out in the open water for the first time on sea trials. Koningsdam delivered a strong performance and is now back at the shipyard for the final phase of work in anticipation of the early April delivery.”
Here are the Sea Trial photos from Holland America Line:
Koningsdam left Marghera Jan. 2 and performed the first set of sea trials over three days before going into dry dock at Fincantieri’s Trieste shipyard, where standard hull maintenance was performed. The ship sailed its second sea trials Jan. 10 through 16, making its way back to Marghera, where the finishing touches will be completed.
In its inaugural year, Koningsdam will feature a variety of itineraries in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and the Caribbean. The ship’s naming ceremony is scheduled for May 20, 2016, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Ms Koningsdam will be 99,500 gross tons 2,650 and carry 2,650 passengers. To find out more about the ship you can go to our previous ms Koningsdam article.