KONINGSDAM Delivered — New Photos Added

Holland America Lines takes delivery of its largest ever ship, the first in their new Pinnacle Class.

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Images Courtesy of Holland America Line Unless Otherwise Noted

Holland America Line took delivery of the 99,500-gt, 2,500-guest MV KONINGSDAM today in a signing ceremony at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard near Venice, Italy.

Fincantieri Shipyard Director Antonio Quintano and Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line sign papers for delivery of ms Koningsdam.

Having successfully completed her sea trials, the KONINGSDAM will eventually head to Civitavecchia for her maiden voyage, which is set to depart on April 8.

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Dutch tricolor raised over the KONINGSDAM’s stern.

Following a series of inaugural cruises, the first of HAL’s new Pinnacle Class of ships will then sail to Rotterdam for a gala christening on May 20.

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MV KONINGSDAM on sea trials.

“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,” said Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line.

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MV KONINGSDAM on sea trials.

Ashford added, “Koningsdam looks spectacular, beyond our expectations, and we thank all those involved for their dedication and commitment in bringing our vision to life.”

April 3, 2016 Update:

New aerial images of KONINGSDAM have just been added…

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MV KONINGSDAM in Venice’s Canale Giudecca, courtesy of Holland America Line.

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MV KONINGSDAM at sea, courtesy of Holland America LIne.

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MV KONINGSDAM at sea, courtesy of Holland America LIne.

April 6, 2016 Update:

MV KONINGSDAM visits Dubrovnik for the first time…photo courtesy of Neven Jerkovic.

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MV KONINGSDAM’s maiden arrival at Dubrovnik. Photo by Neven Jerkovic 2016.

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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