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What You Need to Know About Holland America’s New MS Koningsdam

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Holland America Line | Bobbi Dempsey | April 21, 2016

What You Need to Know About Holland America’s New MS Koningsdam

PHOTO: The MS Koningsdam has been christened and is ready for service! (Courtesy Holland America)

Travelers seeking the ultimate in unprecedented luxury as part of a memorable cruise experience may want to book a journey on the new MS Koningsdam, recently christened as part of the Holland America Line fleet.

Setting sail for the first time this month, the ship represents the arrival of a new class of luxury ship. It was designed to be the perfect blend of classic sophistication and modern technology. At the same time, there is an emphasis on the elegant touches that have become a signature of the Holland America Line style.

The Koningsdam will serve as the trailblazer to mark the launch of what Holland America has dubbed the new era of Pinnacle-class cruising.

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Guests exploring the ship won’t be able to miss the eye-catching central atrium. It is intended to grab your attention—and it succeeds in that goal. Towering three deck levels high, this space revolves around a centerpiece of an impressive stainless steel sculpture that evokes a sense of musical symbolism with its arrangement of bows and strings.

The central pool area, known as the Magrodome, is notable because—unlike the typical single-level pool arrangements on other ships—it boasts a two-level, glass-encased layout.

Every element of this innovative ship is intended to leave guests amazed, while also making them feel like they are being immersed in an interactive experience.

Here’s another unique touch: BLEND, an intimate venue sure to appeal to wine lovers. Passengers have a unique onboard experience in which they can blend their own one-of-a-kind wine, which they can then enjoy while at dinner or in their rooms.

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In addition, they can also take part in wine-blending and tasting events, as the space can host up to 10 guests at a time.

For those seeking a more relaxing type of indulgence, the Greenhouse Spa & Salon offers the ultimate in pampering, as guests can unwind and de-stress through a variety of spa service, including thermal pools and heated ceramic lounges. ‘

There are also a variety of shopping options, cafes, a fitness center and a long list of other amenities that guests can enjoy without ever leaving the ship.

Capable of hosting 2,650 guests, the Koningsdam boasts staterooms unlike any others found on a typical cruise ship. Rooms are packed with great touches like bedside USB ports, oversized whirlpool baths and private verandas.

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