The ms Koningsdam will launch in April 2016 and a series of short videos, “Countdown to Koningsdam” is providing guests with behind the scenes glimpses of what to expect.
“The process of building a ship is fascinating and fast-paced,” explains Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “Anticipation for our ship’s launch is gaining momentum, and through the series we can bring viewers along on the journey.”
Hosted by Cruise Director, Jonathan Rogers who is thrilled to be able to put his proficiency in six languages (soon to be eight) to good use with the line’s international guests and crew, apart from updates and interviews, the series shows the progress of the ship starting at the Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy where she is under construction.
Hotel Director Stan Kuppens, shows off the progress of the ship’s atrium, talks about his move to the yard and what’s coming next for his team; Vice President, Deployment and Tour Marketing Linda Springmann, talks about the ship’s inaugural year itineraries; Senior Vice President of Guest Experience Product Development Michael Smith, reveals more details about The Dining Room; Director, Mariner Society Gerald Bernhoft, speaks about the perks of Holland America Line’s loyalty program; and Director of Entertainment Bill Prince, takes guests on an entertainment extravaganza at World Stage, the ship’s theatre that surrounds the audience with a 270-degree LED projection.
“Entertainment is a huge part of the cruise experience, and with Koningsdam we’re taking that experience to a whole new level and trying things that have never been seen on our ships before,” said Orlando.
At two stories high and 250 feet long, the high-definition LED screens will make The World Stage a trend-setting theatre at sea capable of showcasing an exciting array of performances and productions. Enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting, projection and sound systems, the screens enable the environment of The World Stage to change throughout the day to present anything designers can imagine. For example, the room can evolve effortlessly from an Italian palazzo for a concert performance to an imaginary world for innovative production numbers.
Koningsdam represents a new Pinnacle Class of ship for Holland America Line. The vessel will debut several innovative concepts and new public spaces and venues, while still featuring popular amenities guests associate with Holland America Line.
Guests will enjoy fine dining in several alternative restaurants including Sel de Mer, a new French seafood brasserie; a new immersive farm-to-table concept dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine; a redesigned Lido Market with themed serving stations; a stunning main dining room; and favourites such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind. The ship also will feature Holland America Line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families and single staterooms among its 1,331 guest accommodations.
Onboard entertainment will be taken to a new level with the energetic Music Walk area featuring all genres of music showcased in venues including Lincoln Center Stage, offering chamber music nightly; Billboard Onboard, where live musicians rock the crowd with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED projection at World Stage, new concepts for show-time performances will immerse the audience in panoramic visual and sound effects.
To view the video’s click here.