Holland America Opens 2016-17 Caribbean Bookings on New Ship
Photo of Koningsdam courtesy of Holland America Line
Holland America Line opened reservations for winter 2016-17 Caribbean cruises by its newest ship, the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam, which is scheduled to enter service in April in Europe.
The ship will homeport at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and sail seven- to 11-day Caribbean voyages from November 2016 through March 2017.
“Demand for being among the first to experience our latest innovations on Koningsdam is high, so we encourage anyone interested in a Caribbean cruise to book early,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “It’s going to be a fantastic inaugural season.”
Beginning in November, the ship will offer nine-, 10- and 11-day Caribbean itineraries. Seven- and nine-day holiday cruises depart on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, respectively. The ship’s longer cruises call on some lesser-visited islands such as Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Jamaica, Martinique and St. Lucia.
There will be six departures of two seven-day itineraries in January and February 2017. The first calls at the Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s private Bahamian island. The second route visits Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Key West, Fla.
The first of the line’s 99,500-ton Pinnacle class, the Koningsdam will have new alternative restaurants including Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie; a farm-to-table dinner in the Culinary Arts Center; a re-designed Lido Market with themed serving stations; and familiar favorites 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 as well as single staterooms among its 1,331 guest accommodations.
On the entertainment front, the new Music Walk area will feature Lincoln Center Stage for nightly chamber music, Billboard Onboard with live musicians rocking chart-topping hits, and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club.
The Koningsdam’s first cruise, a seven-day round-trip from Civitavecchia, Italy, is scheduled to depart on April 8. Between the March 31 delivery and April 8, the ship will be used for company events. The official christening voyage is scheduled to depart May 9, with the naming ceremony set for May 21 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The word “koning” means “king” in Dutch, and the ship’s name pays honor to the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.
Meanwhile, during this upcoming 2015-16 winter, Holland America will base six ships in Fort Lauderdale and one in Tampa. They’ll operate 98 seven-, 10-, 11-, 12- and 14-day cruises that can be combined into longer Collectors’ Voyages ranging from 14 to 21 days. The itineraries span the Caribbean on Eastern, Western and Southern routes, as well as a partial transit of the Panama Canal.
The Veendam will return to the Caribbean in January to take over the round-trip Tampa departures. Ships operating from Port Everglades from October through April 2016 are Eurodam, Maasdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Prinsendam and Zuiderdam.
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