KONINGSDAM Cometh

Holland America’s new ship brings in a new design team and will be the biggest in the line’s history.

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Rendering of MV KONINGSDAM, courtesy of Holland America Line.

Holland America Line’s new 99,500-ton, 2,650-guest Pinnacle Class cruise ship will be given the name KONINGSDAM to honor King Willem-Alexander, the first Dutch king in over a century. KONINGSDAM will be the first in the 141-year history of Holland America to bear the name, although it stays witin the tradition of all HAL passenger ships by maintaining a “dam” suffix.

To be delivered in February 2016, the ship, currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard (near Venice), will also be the first in its class and by far the largest ever constructed for HAL. KONINGSDAM will be the first HAL ship in decades that breaks from the designs of Dutch-based FCD for a new look to be helmed by Oslo-based Yran and Storbratten and New York-based Adam Tihany.

“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.”

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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