Holland America Line has today announced the name of its upcoming 99,500 ton pinnacle class cruise ship.
The new ship has been named ms Koningsdam which is the cruise lines first name of its kind in Holland Americas 141 year history. The name takes the cruise line back to its roots in the Netherlands as Koning means King in dutch. This also shows respect to the current Dutch king who is the first in over a century. The “Dam” part of the ships new name continues the trend with the rest of the fleet as they all end the same.
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 Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima in 2010. And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Her Majesty 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.”
The ms Koningsdam is currently being built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. The 99,500 ton vessel will debut in February 2016 and will carry 2,650 guests along with 1,025 crew members. The ship isn’t huge like what many other cruise lines are building right now but is the biggest ever built for Holland America. Expect to see many new features onboard when the ship is completed.