Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Holland America Line Opens Bookings for ms Koningsdam

Holland America Line have started to reveal more details about their latest vessel known as ms Koningsdam. This contemporary cruise ship is due to go into service in February 2016 and this week marks the start of bookings being taken for her initial sailings.

A rendering of Holland America's latest cruise ship Koningsdam
Once Holland America Line take delivery of Koningsdam from Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, near Venice, Italy, she will be repositioned to Civitavecchia (for Rome). Her maiden voyage will be a seven-day sailing departing on 20 February 2016 and will see this brand new cruise ship call in at Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kérkira (Corfu) and Katakolon (Olympia), Greece; and Naples, Italy before returning back to Civitavecchia.

Between February and early May she will then sail six 12-day alternating itineraries. The first is called the “Greek & Turkish Treasures” itinerary and this sees the ship call in at Katakolon, Piraeus (Athens), Rhodes and Crete, Greece; Istanbul (overnight) and Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; and Naples, Italy.

Conversely, the “Mediterranean Mosaic” itinerary calls in at the ports of Naples, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; Gibraltar, British Territory; and Cádiz, Málaga, Cartagena and Barcelona (overnight), Spain.

For clients who wish to experience both itineraries, these can be combined into an epic 24-day back-to-back Collectors’ Voyage covering the Mediterranean and Athenian Seas. Similarly, the maiden seven-day Premier Voyage and the 27 February 2016 12-day Mediterranean Mosaic voyage can be combined to form a 19-day Collectors’ Voyage through a back-to-back cruise.

From the preview of Koningsdam it is very clear that she will be designed as a refreshingly modern and contemporary vessel, whilst retaining the trademark Holland America Line touches. 68 per cent of the cabins will come with a balcony, 32 cabins will be family ocean-view staterooms and there will also be 12 single occupancy ocean-view cabins too.

These initial itineraries went on sale on the 1 December. Details of the vessel’s summer and winter itineraries are being finalised by the line and are expected to be released early in 2015.

(Photo credit to Holland America Line)