MS Koningsdam Floated Down The Streets of Seattle (Kind Of)
PHOTO: Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam float at the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Holland America Line).
Downtown Seattle is among the last places one would expect to see a Holland America Line cruise ship.
However, those attending Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade in the Emerald City this past weekend were treated to a floating replica of the cruise line's ms Koningsdam.
The helium balloon stretched 45 feet long and stood 11 feet tall. It was so big it required more than two dozen workers to guide it through Seattle's streets. Although massive in its own right, the float pales in comparison to the actual ms Koningsdam, which can accommodate more than 2,600 guests and 1,000 crew members.
Photo courtesy of Holland America Line.
Launched this past April, the ms Koningsdam is Holland America's newest ship and first in its Pinnacle class.
Seattle-based Holland America Line is no stranger to the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade and has sponsored and participated in the parade for the past several years.
Previous float highlights include an orca-whale balloon designed to promote cruises to Alaska.
This year, the ms Koningsdam float was accompanied by a handful of other giant helium balloons as well local drill teams and marching bands, equestrian units, clowns and pirates.
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