Publisher Vanessa Lee is in the Mediterranean cruising on the brand new ship from Holland America Line, the ms Koningsdam which was launched on April 8th. The ship will be christened in Rotterdam by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in a gala ceremony in 2 weeks time. Meanwhile here are Vanessa’s comments on the ship and all that she is enjoying on her 6-day cruise.

HAL_KoningsdamCourtesy of Holland America Line - ms Koningsdam

Holland America’s Koningsdam is just gorgeous and this Pinnacle Class ship  is also spectacular, innovative and fabulous!  She is truly one of the most stunning ships on which I have had the pleasure to sail. And dare I say it – she is also incredibly sexy. I never expected to use the words Holland America and sexy in the same sentence but there you have it – undeniably sexy.  Contemporary, sophisticated and, in keeping with the vessel’s musical theme, she is both a symphony and a rhapsody.

From the moment you enter the ship she makes a remarkable impression and is undoubtedly a vessel that will forever change the Holland America brand. She is a gift, a magical, lyrical, delicious gift  and one we should be thrilled to see arrive.

Koningsdam AtriumCourtesy of Holland America Line - The Atrium

I cannot find anything wrong with the Koningsdam – everything seems to be as it should be. No jarring notes; no out of place décor or art.  The seamlessness of design from space to space, the colours, the sense of the ship – it all works so very well. And some spaces are simply breathtaking in their simplistic beauty.  The musical theme is showcased in a variety of areas and ways and the designers including the inimitable Adam D. Tihany have really outdone themselves.  From the magnificent Harp sculpture /installation in the main atrium which is almost impossible to describe, rising between Decks 1 and 3, to the violin theme in the Queen’s Lounge with its scalloped edges and fantastic lighting to the entertainment itself along Music Walk, such as Billboard onboard, B.B. King’s All-Stars and of course the Lincoln Center Stage– it all just fits.

HAL_Konningsdam Queen's LoungeCourtesy of Holland America Line - Queen's Lounge

HAL_Koningsdam BillboardCourtesy of Holland America Line - Billboard Onboard Show

We saw a superb show in the remarkable 270degree World Stage theatre in conjunction with HAL’s BBC Earth partnership – Frozen Planet – accompanied by the Lincoln Center Stage onboard orchestra and the combination of the two, with music scored and composed specifically for the production, was another home-run moment. On another evening we were treated to a great Billboard show with wonderful singing, music and dancing as the talented cast gave us a rundown of some of the greatest number one hits of the last 5 decades. The audience loved it and clapped and sang along with great gusto.

HAL_Koningsdam Main DiningCourtesy of Holland America Line - Main Dining Room

HAL_Koningsdam_Sel De MerCourtesy of Holland America Line - Sel de Mer Restaurant

HAL_Koningsdam_Dutch CafeCourtesy of Holland America Line - Grand Dutch Cafe

And the dining choices and the cuisine – all are equally fabulous and wonderfully tasty. There are several alternative restaurants on board that are known to Holland guests – such as Tamarind for pan-Asian, Canaletto for Italian and now the new and lovely Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie is getting rave reviews. The ever-popular Pinnacle Grill is here too and another new entrant is the New York Deli and Pizza on the upper level of the two-tier Lido pool area which serves fantastic pizza till 1am.  And of course there’s so much more including the charming and attractive Delft-blue Grand Dutch Café serving sweet and savoury treats all day as well as drinks, coffees, beer and liquor. The main dining room is also absolutely beautiful and guests are happily enjoying the food and service in this restaurant. On a 7-day cruise one could dine in a new spot every evening which makes for a fabulous onboard dining experience.

HAL_Koningsdam_PoolCourtesy of Holland America Line - Pool Deck

Indeed this is a very impressive ship and one that guests familiar with Holland America Line are sure to love and those clients considering this cruise company and ship, will be very happy they did. Congratulations Holland America – this is a more than stunning ship with a wide range of great facilities and amenities and a vibrant enjoyable atmosphere with so much to see and do.

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