Koningsdam Promises New Florida Cruise Experience
Ship to sail four- to 11-day Caribbean itineraries from South Florida
Currently under construction, Koningsdam is the first ship in the new Pinnacle Class for Holland America Line. Set to debut about a year from now, the 99,000-ton ship has already been making news for a variety of reasons. Already known for outstanding cuisine, look for an even more focused culinary effort on Koningsdam. Going beyond Dancing With The Stars: At Sea, new venues will chart the line’s future entertainment focus. Now comes news of particular interest to cruise travelers sailing from Florida: Koningsdam will eventually end up sailing from Port Everglades in easy-to-access Fort Lauderdale.
“The Caribbean remains among the most popular cruise destinations in the world, and by having itineraries that range from four to 11 days guests will be able to enjoy a vacation that fits their schedule”- Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.
Inaugural European Season 2016
Upon her debut Premier Voyage scheduled for April 8, 2016, Koningsdam will first offer a collection of seven- and 12-day Premiere Sailings in the Mediterranean between February and April, before repositioning from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, to its summer home port of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Inaugural North American Season Winter 2016-Spring 2017
Following its inaugural Europe season in 2016, Koningsdam will homeport at Port Everglades for a series of Caribbean voyages and one cruise to the Bahamas from November 2016 through March 2017.
After a four-day Bahamas cruise kicks off the Caribbean season, shorter seven-day cruises will visit popular ports in the region, while the longer nine-, 10- and 11-day itineraries will provide more time for exploring.
Four-day Bahamas Cruise
Koningsdam begins its inaugural season in the Caribbean with a four-day cruise to the Bahamas departing Nov. 9, 2016. Following an overnight in Fort Lauderdale, the ship calls at Nassau followed by Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island. The voyage is the perfect way to sample Holland America Line’s new Pinnacle-class ship.
Seven-day Caribbean Cruises & Holiday Sailing
Two different seven-day itineraries provide an ideal getaway in winter, when the balmy breezes of the Caribbean beckon. The first itinerary sails Jan. 8 and 29 and Feb. 12, 2017, calling at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay. The second itinerary departs Jan. 15 and Feb. 5, 2017, and visits Half Moon Cay; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, Fla. The two itineraries can be combined to create a nonrepeating 14-day Caribbean Collectors’ Voyage.
For the holidays, the Dec. 23, 2016, departure falls over Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, making it the most festive of voyages. The seven-day cruise will visit Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay.
Nine-day Caribbean Cruises Include a New Year’s Option
Guests looking for a slightly longer Caribbean vacation can embark Dec. 14, 2016, for a nine-day voyage that showcases six popular ports. The ship calls at Half Moon Cay; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts; San Juan; and Grand Turk.
Another nine-day voyage departing Dec. 30 rings in the New Year with fun, sun, sand and surf. The ship will call at Falmouth, Jamaica; Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Cozumel and Key West.
10-day Caribbean Cruises Feature Southern Caribbean
From the turquoise waters of the Dominican Republic to the powdery beaches of the ABC Islands,Koningsdam’s 10-day itinerary highlights some of the most beautiful ports in the region. Departing Nov. 13 and Dec. 4, 2015, and Feb. 19 and March 12, 2016, the cruises call at Half Moon Cay; Grand Turk; the exclusive cruise port of Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstand, Curaçao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.
11-day Caribbean Cruises Offer Blend of Several Ports
The eastern Caribbean takes center stage on the 11-day voyages that depart Nov. 23, 2016, and March 1 and 22, 2017. Koningsdam will visit the ports of Philipsburg; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Basseterre; St. Thomas; and Half Moon Cay. Guests aboard also will enjoy scenic cruising in Soufrière Bay and past the famed Mount Pelée volcano.
Good Reason To Be Excited
More than just another choice sailing from Florida, Koningsdam represents a different way of thinking for Holland America Line. The new vessel will debut several innovative concepts and public spaces, while still featuring popular amenities guests associate with Holland America Line. Detailing those upcoming features, new entertainment and culinary concepts have been announced for the 2,650-guest ship that should please both long time fans of the line and a new generation that will propel Holland America Line well into the future.
Self-described as having ‘an interior that blends a fresh, contemporary styling in perfect harmony with the line’s renowned classic elegance,’ Holland America Line has the bar set high for new Pinnacle class. Already known for their Culinary Arts Center that brings Holland America guests up close and personal with world-class chefs through cooking demonstrations, lectures and more; offerings on Koningsdam go even further.
Applying a similarly sound yet original focus, Holland America Line has raised the curtain on Koningsdam entertainment venues and we like what we see. BB King’s Blues Club is live a live entertainment event in the ship’s Queens Lounge five nights a week. Partnering with New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Stage will be part an impressive amount of space devoted to the Music Walk complex on Koningsdam. Billboard Onboard promises an interactive music experience based on 50 years of chart-topping hits.
Booking This Ship
The inaugural Caribbean season of Koningsdam will be open for booking in April 2015.
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