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MS Koningsdam Cruise Ship Tour – Holland America Cruise Line Newest Ship 2016

MS Koningsdam Cruise Ship Tour – Holland America Cruise Line Newest Ship 2016


The Maritim Voyager Koningsdam is the first in a new generation of Holland America Line ships dubbed the Pinnacle Class. The 975 by 114.8 foot Koningsdam is by far the largest ship to be built for Holland America Line, measuring 99,500 gross tons with a double occupancy passenger capacity of 2,650 and a crew of 1,036. Hall No. 6241, the Koningsdam was built by Fincantieri’s Marghera (near Venice, Italy) shipyard. It was christened by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on May 20, 2016. The Koningsdam is driven by four MAK diesels that drive twin Azipods at a service speed of 18 knots and a maximum speed of 22.3 knots. Although the Koningsdam incorporates many of the same features of the prior Vista and Signature Class ships, its larger size has also brought with it some additional and expanded public spaces and dining venues. The ship has 13 passenger decks, starting at the top with Deck 14, which has sheltered sunning platforms on either side of the radio mast housing. This is a view facing aft from Deck 14 over the midships deck areas. On Observation Deck (12), there is the Retreat, where guests can purchase private cabanas on a full or half-day basis. Cabana rentals include cushioned loungers, sparkling wines, fresh fruit, plush robes and towels, healthy breakfast and lunch choices, ice cream and chocolate-dipped fruits. A jogging track encircles the midships pool area on Sun Deck (11). Twelve times around equals a mile. Aft of the jogging track, there is sunning space on either side of Sun Deck with al fresco exercise machines and a shuffleboard court. A net-covered Sports Court is located on Sun Deck at the base of the ship’s funnel. The Koningsdam has a curvilinear funnel sporting Holland America’s recently revised logo depicting the historic ocean liner SS Nieuw Amsterdam (aka “The Darling of the Dutch”) of 1938. More open space continues aft of the funnel on either side of Sun Deck. The aft portion of Sun Deck has yet more space for deck chairs. From Sun Deck, there is a great view over the Sea View Pool area at the stern. On either side of the midships pool area on Panorama Deck (10), there is a balcony with cabana-style seating. This is a forward-facing view over the midships pool from the Panorama Bar area on Panorama Deck. At night, movies are shown in the pool area. Complimentary fresh popped popcorn is available at the New York Deli and Pizza dining venue on Panorama Deck. There are shuffleboard courts on either side of aft Panorama Deck. At the far aft end of Panorama Deck, sunning terraces overlook the Sea View Pool. On either side of the ship, catwalks with a glass platform extend over the sea between aft Panorama and Lido Deck (9). The midships Lido Pool area on Lido Deck has a large lap pool and three Jacuzzis, as well as open and sheltered deck space that can be covered by a massive sliding glass dome. On aft Lido Deck, there is the open-air Sea View Pool, two Jacuzzis and more open and sheltered sunning space. Promenade Deck (3) features a full wraparound promenade with obstructed views. Three times around the walking track equals one mile. Accommodating up to 269 guests, the Crow’s Nest observation lounge overlooks the bow from the top of the ship on Observation Deck. On the port side of the Crow’s Nest, there are paintings depicting the Koningsdam and past Holland America Line ships by renowned maritime artist Stephen Card. There is also a large model of Holland America’s SS Ryndam of 1951 on the port side of the Crow’s Nest. The Explorations Cafe sells specialty coffees and serves complimentary snacks and sweets. It is adjoined by a lounge with newspapers, magazines and computer terminals accommodating 30 guests. Although the Koningsdam does not have a dedicated library, reference books and games are available for guests’ use in the Explorations Cafe. Located on midships Panorama Deck, Club HAL is the Koningsdam’s youth center. Each of three age groups has its own adjoining open deck space. This is the section for kids aged 3 to 7 years old. The tween facility in Club HAL offers a program of games and entertainment geared for kids between 8 and 12 years old. The Loft is Club HAL’s lounge and facility for 13- to 18 year olds. The Fitness Center spans the width of the ship on forward Lido Deck (9). It features a wide range of cardio and weight machines as well as free weights. A TRX Suspension Training studio and stretching area is directly aft of the Fitness Center on the starboard side of Lido Deck. A Ryde Indoor Cycling Room adjoins the TRX Suspension Training Room on Lido Deck. The entrance to the Greenhouse Spa and Salon is on the starboard side of Lido Deck. The Greenhouse Spa and Salon has a dedicated Barber Shop. There is a Beauty Salon offering numerous hair, manicure and pedicure treatments. There are separate men’s (shown) and women’s changing areas in the Greenhouse Spa and Salon. Guests purchasing a treatment in the Greenhouse Spa and Salon have access to the Relaxation Room. A Thermal Suite with heated ceramic loungers is adjacent to the steam and shower areas. There is also a large hydro-therapy pool in the Greenhouse Spa and Salon. This is a standard treatment room in the Greenhouse Spa and Salon. The Neptune Lounge is a concierge lounge on Schubert Deck (7) for the exclusive use of guests in top-category Pinnacle, Neptune and Signature suites. Located on forward Promenade (3) and Plaza (2) decks, the World Stage is a 667 seat, state of the art showroom with a massive 270 degree video screen. Shows in the World Stage are enhanced with special visual effects created exclusively for the venue by New York-based Batwyn and Robin. Accommodating up to 450 guests, the Casino is directly aft of the World Stage on Promenade Deck, offering slots, poker, blackjack, roulette and other games. A dramatic spiral staircase links the Casino with the Music Walk entertainment area on Plaza Deck. An Art Gallery curated by Park West Auctions is located on Promenade Deck aft of the Casino. The Signature Shops line the passages on midships Promenade and Plaza Decks. The balcony level of the 330 seat Queen’s Lounge is on Promenade Deck. The Front Office guest services counter is on the Promenade Deck level of the Atrium. Inspired by the inner workings of musical instruments, the Atrium spans three levels from Promenade to Plaza (2) and Main (1) decks. The Photo Gallery continues aft of the Atrium on Promenade Deck. The Digital Workshop follows the World Stage on the starboard side of Plaza Deck. The Music Walk is a new entertainment venue on Plaza Deck. On its port side, there is the 165 seat Billboard magazine-sponsored music venue Billboard Onboard, featuring Billboard chart-topping hits performed by two pianists, a guitarist and DJ. A spiral staircase links the Music Walk with the Casino on Promenade Deck. Notes is a whiskey bar offering 174 varieties of whiskey located in the heart of the Music Walk on Plaza Deck. The Lincoln Center Stage is on the starboard side of the Music Walk, featuring afternoon recitals and evening chamber music by expert musicians. The Explorers Bar adjoins the Lincoln Center Stage on starboard Plaza Deck. Together, the venues accommodate up to 148 guests. Merabella is a high-end jewelry shop on the Plaza Deck. The lower level of the dramatic, 330 seat Queen’s Lounge is the third Music Walk venue and features performers selected and trained by B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis. This is the Atrium from the perspective of Plaza Deck. The inviting Ocean Bar seats up to 63 guests on the starboard side of Plaza Deck. Journeys Ashore is the tour desk at the base of the Atrium on Main Deck (1). Seating 29, the Hudson Room I is the first of two meeting rooms on the starboard side of Main Deck. The Hudson Room II seats up to 35 guests and can be combined with the Hudson Room I. The Half Moon meeting rooms on port Main Deck can seat up to 65 guests when combined. Sharing a terrace with the Panorama Bar on Panorama Deck, New York Deli and Pizza is a new complimentary dining venue serving up thin-crust pizza, deli sandwiches and salads. The Manhattan Treat is a grilled turkey and swiss sandwich served with potato chips at New York Deli and Pizza. Located on aft Panorama Deck, overlooking the stern, Tamarind is Koningsdam’s 140-seat, reservations-required, extra-tariff ($20 per person) Asian specialty restaurant. A bar and lounge area are on the starboard side of Tamarind. This is the Tamarind’s sushi sampler plate with wasabi and soy sauce. Vegetable spring roll appetizers from Tamarind feature green noodles, carrots, cilantro, mint and Vietnamese-style dipping sauce. The Lido Market buffet accommodates up to 388 guests on midships Lido Deck and features numerous stations offering up everything from complimentary sandwiches, salads, cold cuts, pasta, hot entrées and Asian stir fry. This is the salad bar station in the Lido Market buffet. Servers here make custom salads to order. By day, Canaletto is part of the Lido Market but at night, it becomes a reservations-required, extra-tariff ($10.00 per person) Italian specialty restaurant. Overlooking the Atrium from Promenade Deck, the 68 seat Grand Dutch Cafe is a new venue offering specialty coffees for sale along with complimentary pastries and Dutch-themed snacks. The Grand Dutch Cafe utilizes Delft cups, plates and saucers. The 116-seat Pinnacle Grill is an extra tariff ($10.00 lunch, $29.00 dinner, per person), reservations-required Pacific Northwest-themed steakhouse and seafood eatery located on the port side of the Atrium on Plaza Deck. Among the most popular entrées in the Pinnacle Grill, the Steamed Alaska King Crab Legs are served with drawn butter. Sel de Mer is a new, reservations-required Sea Food Brasserie located on aft Plaza Deck. Items at Sel de Mer are individually priced, including this delicious Apple Tart Tatin with cinnamon gelato for $4. Blend is a new hosted wine-blending experience featuring five red wines (two Cabernets, two Merlots and a Cabernet Franc) from the Chateau St. Michelle winery in Washington State. The cover fee, including a bottle of wine, is $129. Seating 74 on aft Plaza Deck, the Culinary Arts Center is a cooking workshop by day and a new extra-tariff specialty dining venue in the evening. In the evening, the Culinary Arts Center is a farm-to-table dining experience offering artisanal dishes prepared by chefs in an open kitchen. The cover fee, including unlimited organic white and red wine, is $39 per person. This is a Red Quinoa with Zucchini main course with apples, red beets and almonds in the Culinary Arts Center. The spectacular Dining Room is the Koningsdam’s traditional complimentary restaurant on aft Promenade and Plaza Decks. Designed by hospitality “starchitect” Adam Tihany, the Dining Room seats 1,098 guests. The Koningsdam has 1,331 staterooms in 13 categories, including 104 Vista Suites that measure between 260 and 356 square feet. All staterooms and suites on the Koningsdam can be configured with twin beds or a queen. Vista Suites and Verandah staterooms feature standard balconies with two chairs and a small table. Vista Suites and Verandah, Ocean-view and Interior cabin bathrooms feature glassed-in showers, a sink, toilet and plenty of storage space. The Koningsdam has 710 Verandah staterooms that measure between 228 and 420 square feet. This is an inboard-facing view of a Verandah stateroom showing the large flat-screen television and storage area. The Koningsdam has 27 wheelchair-accessible cabins, including this Verandah stateroom with wider doors and extra floor space for wheelchairs. Wheelchair-accessible stateroom bathrooms have a roll-in shower with an unfolding bench and modified controls. Wheelchair-accessible Verandah staterooms have large balconies with ramps over the door sills. The Koningsdam has 94 Ocean-view staterooms that feature picture windows and measure between 175 and 282 square feet. The Koningsdam has 32 Family Ocean-view staterooms that measure between 222 and 231 square feet. This photo shows the extra closet space in the entry way. Family Ocean-view staterooms can accommodate five guests with a queen (or twin beds) and a convertible sofa. The fifth berth in a Family Ocean-view stateroom can be unfolded from the ceiling. Family Ocean-view staterooms have two bathrooms, one with a sink, toilet and mini-tub/shower. The second Family Ocean-view stateroom bathroom features a sink and shower only. New to the Koningsdam are 21 Single Ocean-view staterooms measuring between 127 and 172 square feet. The Koningsdam has 266 Interior staterooms that measure between 143 and 225 square feet. Holland America Line stateroom amenities includes shower dispensers with Elemis-brand shampoo, shower gel and conditioner as well as moisturizer in mini-bottles.


Reader Comments

  1. Cruise Ships Info Give out the name of the person who thought it was a GOOD IDEA to have ROBOT LADY SPEAKING? IT IS FUCKING ANNOYING..and MAKES ME NOT want to take this Cruise…I am afraid..Robot Bitch would be on that Ship! THIS IS A FAILURE!

  2. I stopped listening after the first 30 seconds. Can't imagine sitting through the whole thing with that thing droning in my ears. What a complete dud. Who at Holland America thought this was a good iea?

  3. Just in rome waiting to get on it on Friday so exited been on every ship so I will love this one more then everyone one night the fleet

  4. BOYCOTT.  . Holland America Line is NOT afraid to kill passenger.   A  77  year – old elderly man was beaten, assaulted, battery by the   HOLLAND – AMERICA crew member.  Florida DR.  said that  the "HOLLAND – AMERICA" crew member almost KILLED this elderly man.WARNING.  .  BOYCOTT HOLAND AMERICA LINE !!!!!!   They are not afraid to  KILL passenger and get away in the ocean

  5. Sorry, can't do it. Here's an idea: stick a crowbar in your wallet and pay an actual person to do the commentary……this is JUST PLAIN STUPID.

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