It's always a thrill to anticipate a new ship joining Holland
America Line's magnificent fleet. But it's especially exciting when
that new arrival is the first of a new class of ship. For when the 2,650-guest
ms Koningsdam sets sail in February 2016, she will not only be the first to bear
that name, she will usher in a new era of Pinnacle-class cruising.
Pinnacle means "high point" - and the debut of Koningsdam is a
high point in Holland America Line history. Then again, in many ways, Koningsdam
has been 141 years in the making. As heir, she'll carry forward all of
the tradition, nautical heritage, and signature service and style for which
Holland America Line is known-while raising the bar for 21st-century elegance.
Her name sets the tone. Its roots, like the ship itself, are a mix of something
contemporary and something classic: "Koning," means king in Dutch
- and is a salute to King Willem-Alexander, the Netherland's first king
in more than 100 years. And "dam," because, after all … this
is a Holland America Line ship, and the "dam" naming convention dates
back to 1883.
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