Posted by: cruise2 | 3 June, 2016

Koningsdam Christened In Rotterdam

by Kenin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com

Holland America Line’s new 99,836-ton 2,650-berth Koningsdam was one of two ships to be delivered recently to Carnival Corp & plc brands.

The historic Holland America Line headquarters at the Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam, which now operates as the Hotel New York

The historic Holland America Line headquarters at the Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam, which now operates as the Hotel New York

Koningsdam was christened May 20, by Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, next to the historic Holland America Line headquarters at the Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam, which now operates as the Hotel New York.

To the dismay of many Holland America passengers however, the so-called 360-degree promenade on the new flagship does away with the broad sweep of promenades on earlier ships and reduced to a very narrow passage at some points. The new promenade does not include deck chairs as on Holland America’s more traditional ships. (See video at Youtube.com)

Unfortunately, the five decks piled above the bridge do not add to the new ship’s appearance. While less unsightly than the five-deck carbuncle on the 155,873-ton 4,200-berth Norwegian Epic, this new five-deck addition gives the ship a piled up appearance.

Holland America Line's Koningsdam (Courtesy Fincantieri)

Holland America Line’s Koningsdam (Courtesy Fincantieri)

This should be compared with the four-deck height above the bridge on the last Holland America ship, the 86,273-ton 2,106-berth Nieuw Amsterdam, delivered six years ago.

As Koningsdam has only four decks between the main deck and the bridge, the extra deck on top is aesthetically one deck too far.

A sister ship now under construction at Fincantieri for delivery in the autumn of 2018 is oddly to be named Nieuw Statendam. There have been five previous Statendams, including the last, which now sails as P&O Australia’s Pacific Eden.

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