The ms Koningsdam is Holland America Line's newest and largest cruise ship. She's the first ship in the company's Pinnacle class. Officially named in May 2016, the Koningsdam carries 2,650 passengers and is 975 feet long and 115 feet wide.
The Holland America Line cruise ship is gorgeous inside and out, with the classic, yet contemporary decor. She also has many new and innovative restaurants, common areas, entertainment venues, and cabins. Although past Holland America guests find many familiar places onboard, the cruise line has upgraded/updated most of these with a brand new look.
The new ship is "getting around" her first 18 months in service, cruising the Mediterranean, Baltic, British Isles, Norwegian fjords, Greek Isles, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean between her launch date and the end of 2017. Cruises on the Koningsdam to the Caribbean and Bahamas sail from Fort Lauderdale, those to Northern Europe from Amsterdam, and to the Mediterranean cruises are from Rome.
Tour of the Koningsdam
Below is more detailed info and a photo tour of Koningsdam that includes cabins and suites, dining and culinary venues, interior common areas, outdoor decks, and entertainment venues.
Holland America Koningsdam Cruse Ship Cabins and Suites
The Koningsdam has 1331 staterooms in over a dozen different types. The lowest priced cabins are the 266 interior cabins, and the highest priced is the Pinnacle Suite, with about 1,290 square feet--as large as many homes.
Two new classes of staterooms debuted on the Holland America Line ms Koningsdam cruise ship. The first new class are the 32 family cabins, which were specially designed for families traveling together. These family ocean-view staterooms will range from 222 to 231 square feet and sleep up to five people, and kids get to sleep in a Pullman bed. The best feature of the family cabins are the two bathrooms.
The second new class of staterooms are the 12 single ocean-view cabins that range in size from 127 to 172 square feet. The single cabins are forward on Main Deck 1. These cabins don't have much floor space but are perfect for a budget-minded solo traveler. As with most new ships, the most predominant type of staterooms are the veranda cabins, each with their own private balcony.
Holland America Koningsdam Cruse Ship Dining Venues and Culinary Experiences
The Holland America Koningsdam has many dining venues scattered throughout the cruise ship. Some, like the main Dining Room, Tamarind, Pinnacle Grill, and the Dive-In are similar to places of the same name on other Holland America ships. Although the names are the same, some changes have been made to the menus, but Holland America is smart enough to keep popular favorites.
The Lido Market seen in the photo above is still found aft on the Lido deck but has been transformed from a mostly buffet-style venue to one with many themed stations showcasing specific types of food, such as freshly-made sandwiches, salads, international fare, comfort-style dishes, and desserts. This design works better for a crowd, and diners love the many different choices.
New dining venues on the Koningsdam include the intimate Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie; casual coffee and snack bar the Grand Dutch Cafe; the New York Deli & Pizza, a casual outdoor eatery overlooking the pool; and a Gelato Shop, which serves authentic gelato made right on the ship.
The Culinary Arts Center is not a new name, but the venue has been changed. In addition to cooking classes and demonstrations, the Center features a new dining concept called Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center.
This farm-to-table experience allows guests to watch the chefs preparing simple, delicious dishes in the show kitchen. The freshly prepared items are innovative and memorable. Some of the selections incorporate fresh ingredients harvested from a glass-enclosed growing area just off the kitchen.
One distinctive culinary touch is the long walkway on deck 2 that connects several of the restaurants like the Pinnacle Grill, Sel de Mer, Culinary Arts Center, and the Dining Room. Along the wide corridor are interactive educational displays showing icons of the food and wine world.
One very fun culinary experience is Blend, where guests get to sample five red wines from the Cold Creek Vineyard of Chateau Ste. Michelle. After tasting and evaluating the wines, each guest gets to blend their own special mixture. It's great fun.
Holland America Koningsdam Cruse Ship Interiors
The interior common areas of the ms Koningsdam are more contemporary than on some of the cruise line's other ships, but the traditional classic design is still seen throughout the ship.
The Crow's Nest lounge, one of my favorite places to read a book or watch the sea, is a good example. Some of the furnishings are very contemporary, but the overall look is still comfortable and restful.
Notes whiskey bar is a new venue. It only seats a handful of guests but serves a large variety of whiskeys by the shot. Other bars have familiar names like the Ocean Bar and the Explorers Bar but are more modern in decor than on some of the sister ships.
The Greenhouse Spa & Salon is quiet, relaxing and has treatment rooms with ocean views. It also has heated lounges and thermal pools. The Fitness Center has all the latest equipment, and the staff offers a nice variety of classes including spinning, Pilates, and yoga.
Holland America Koningsdam Cruse Ship Entertainment
The Music Walk venues and the World Stage are two of the major entertainment changes found on the ms Koningsdam.
Music Walk has three very diverse venues, all located on deck 3 mid-ship. These venues are the result of partnerships between Holland America and some of the best-known names in the music business.
- Billboard Onboard is a live interactive experience featuring two pianists, a guitarist, and a DJ. The shows utilize Billboard magazine's 50 years of charting the hits of the day.
- Lincoln Center Stage showcases an ensemble of classical musicians who were vetted by staff from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
- Queen's Lounge (B.B. King's Blues Club) features an eight-piece band with two vocalists backed by rhythm and horn sections. The Koningsdam is the eighth ship in the fleet to have a B.B. King's Blues Club, and this one is as popular as those on the other ships. The funky and soulful music seems to come straight out of Memphis.
The World Stage seats 667 guests, is very contemporary, and every seat has a good view of the stage and of the 250-foot-long, two-deck-high LED video screen that provides a 270-degree video that accompanies the entertainment. The World Stage looks much different when the screen is not turned on versus when the screen is being utilized.
Holland America Koningsdam Cruse Ship Outdoor Decks
Travelers love to cruise because they love the sea, so the outdoor decks of any cruise ship are important. The ship has two swimming pools. The Seaview Pool seen in this photo is outdoors, and the Lido Pool has a retractable roof so that it can be used in all types of weather. The ship has plenty of lounge chairs, and I love the brightly colored towels.
Those looking for a quieter place to sit in the sun or shade might want to pay the extra fee and use The Retreat. This exclusive adult hideaway has comfortable lounges, a bar, and cabanas that provide even more privacy.
Not everyone likes to just sit in the sun or shade and just relax. So, the Koningsdam has an outdoor Sports Deck, jogging track, and a walking promenade for its active guests.
The new Holland America ms Koningsdam is a great addition to the fleet, and its onboard amenities and great itineraries make it a popular alternative for cruise lovers.
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