1 April 2016
A week ahead of her first passenger cruise, ms Koningsdam was officially handed over to Holland America Line.
HAL took delivery of the 2,650-guest ship, which kicks off her maiden season on April 8, in a signing ceremony at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard, Italy. A Dutch flag was raised for the first time on the ship.
Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America, said:
"Today is a day of celebration for the entire Holland America Line family, and a milestone in our company history. We all share in this proud moment as we welcome Koningsdam to our fleet. Koningsdam looks spectacular, beyond our expectations, and we thank all those involved for their dedication and commitment in bringing our vision to life."The official naming will take place in Rotterdam, May 20.
Koningsdam is the first Pinnacle Class HAL ship and largest in the fleet, to date. The vessel will introduce "new to the line" features like family cabins, solo cabins (without a single supplement), new French seafood restaurant (Sel De Mer), a 270-degree LED screen in the main theater and a 2-tiered Lido pool area with outdoor movie screen.
The April 8 cruise will depart from Rome, where ms Koningsdam will homeport for a number of Mediterranean sailings. Holland America top-tier members and employees will get a first glimpse April 4 through 8. The ship will then feature Baltic, British Isles and Northern Europe voyages out of Amsterdam and then reposition to Fort Lauderdale in November 2016 to sail the Caribbean and Bahamas.
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