Onboard Koningsdam: A Ship For Our Times

Open Jaw
by Vanessa Lee

MS Koningsdam

The Lincoln Centre Stage

Gorgeous, creative, spectacular, innovative – these are just some of the adjectives I am delighted to use in describing Holland America’s new Pinnacle Class ship -- the absolutely fabulous, Koningsdam. She is truly one of the most stunning ships on which I have had the pleasure to sail. And dare I say it – she is also incredibly sexy. I never expected to use the words Holland America and sexy in the same sentence but there you have it – undeniably sexy. The Koningsdam is a contemporary and sophisticated homage to a long-standing brand with an impeccable lineage and is a much welcome ship for our times. And, in keeping with the on board musical theme, she is a symphony and a rhapsody – in both Major and Minor.

From the moment you enter the ship she makes a remarkable impression and is undoubtedly a vessel that will forever change the Holland America brand. She is a gift, a magical, lyrical, delicious gift to the cruise industry and one we should be thrilled to see arrive.

I cannot find anything wrong with the Koningsdam – everything seems to be as it should be. No jarring notes; no out of place décor or art.  The seamlessness of design from space to space, the colours, the sense of the ship – it all works so very well. And some spaces are simply breathtaking in their simplistic beauty.  The musical theme is showcased in a variety of areas and ways and the designers including the inimitable Adam D. Tihany have really outdone themselves.  From the magnificent Harp sculpture/installation in the main atrium which is almost impossible to describe, rising between Decks 1 and 3, to the violin theme in the Queen’s Lounge with its scalloped edges and fantastic lighting to the entertainment itself along Music Walk – it all just fit, and better still it works.

We saw a superb show in the World Stage theatre in conjunction with HAL’s BBC Earth partnership – Frozen Planet – accompanied by the Lincoln Center Stage onboard orchestra and the combination of the 2, with music scored and composed specifically for the production, was another home-run moment.

And the dining choices and the cuisine – equally fabulous and wildly tasty. By the end of the cruise I will have dined in every venue and so far I am totally impressed. 

I will write a more expansive column on my 6 night cruise soon but in the meantime this will surely give you a sense of the newest class of ship in Holland America’s  fleet and hopefully leave you wanting more.

The Atrium

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