America Line has been forced to delay the launch date for its new-build ship
Construction at the Fincantieri shipyard
in Marghera, Italy was originally scheduled to be complete on 16FEB16, but has
now been pushed back to 31MAR16.
The 99,500 gross-ton Koningsdam will be HAL's largest
ship and includes a new hull design and an array of new venues and innovations.
The delay has also pushed back the
ship's inaugural cruise - originally scheduled for 20FEB16. Koningsdam will now
depart on its first cruise on 8APR16.
Holland America has offered onboard
credit to pax booked on the original inaugural cruise who choose to take the
delayed departure. For those who do not, or who are unable to make the new
departure date, the line is offering a full refund.
The ship's official naming celebration
remains as scheduled on 21MAY16 in Rotterdam. Between the delivery date and the
st sailing, the ship will be used for company events, according to