PHOTO: This rendering shows Holland America Line's new class of ship, due out in 2016. (Courtesy of Holland America Line)
Holland America Line, which historically has chosen ship names with Dutch heritage, will christen its next vessel Koningsdam.
Yes, it’s a little unusual, especially compared to its competitors who manage to wedge their brand names into the ship’s name.
But it fits in with Holland America’s tradition to end its ship names with the “-dam” suffix — which it has done since 1883! The word “koning” means “king” in Dutch. Holland America said the name honors King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century, as well as the company’s long relationship with Dutch royalty.
Where the name differs from Holland America tradition is that it is original. Many of the line’s ship names are reused time and again.
“In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, CEO of the Holland America Group. “This new Pinnacle-class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.”
The 99,500-ton, 2,650-guest cruise ship is scheduled for delivery in February 2016. The company said the ship will introduce some new features while familiar favorites will return. It is being designed by Adam D. Tihany, a renowned hospitality designer, along with distinguished maritime designer and architect Bjorn Storbraaten.