THE FIRST. It’s always a thrill to anticipate a new ship joining Holland America Line’s magnificent fleet. But it’s especially exciting when that new arrival is the first of a new class of ship. For when the 2,650-guest ms Koningsdam sets sail in April 2016, she will not only be the first to bear that name, she will usher in a new era of Pinnacle-class cruising.
Pinnacle means "high point" - and the debut of Koningsdam is a high point in Holland America Line history. Then again, in many ways, Koningsdam has been 143 years in the making. As heir, she'll carry forward all of the tradition, nautical heritage, and signature service and style for which Holland America Line is known-while raising the bar for 21st-century elegance.
Her name sets the tone. Its roots, like the ship itself, are a mix of something contemporary and something classic: "Koning," means king in Dutch-and is a salute to King Willem-Alexander, the Netherland’s first king in more than 100 years. And "dam," because, after all ... this is a Holland America Line ship, and the "dam" naming convention dates back to 1883.
Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine Magazine
On ms Koningsdam, the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & WineÂ® magazine becomes a dedicated shipboard setting with a dramatic show kitchen and individual cooking stations that will be used exclusively for activities such as cooking demonstrations and hands-on classes by visiting celebrity chefs and the shipÂ’s own experts.
Sel de Mer
Sel de Mer ("Sea Salt," in French) is an intimate new seafood brasserie offering a contemporary twist on timeless French classics Â— from seafood chowder and fruits de mer to salt-crusted whole fish, scallops and bouillabaisse.
Grand Dutch CafĂ©
Inspired by blue and white Delftware (and our Dutch heritage), the Grand Dutch Cafe is the place to enjoy a fine pale lager or favorite coffee beverage with a traditional Dutch snack.
The Lido, transformed into a modern marketplace with different themed stations, offers a curated selection of delicious options guests can grab on the go or have quickly made to order - from traditional comfort food to great tastes from around the globe.
The Dining Room
Menus in the Dining Room will reflect the latest signature dishes from the influential chefs who comprise our Culinary Council, along with classic favorites, vegetarian options, and regionally inspired cuisine. Guests can choose whether to arrange a pre-set seating and dining time, or to arrive As You Wish, following the desires of the day.
This intimate, award-winning guest favorite features choice Pacific Northwest cuts of beef and other traditional steakhouse favorites, beautifully complemented by boutique wines from the Pacific Northwest.
Tamarind's exotic menus evoking the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan, including a newly added sushi bar. Recently noted by CondĂ© Nast Traveler for its Â“cuisine that rivals the top restaurants on landÂ” Tamarind is located on the Panorama deck, providing stunning views. Lunch includes tantalizing items such as steamed dim sum and spicy crab. Exotic dinner menus created by Master Chef Rudi Sodamin feature dishes honoring the elements of water, wood, fire and earth.
CanalettoÂ’s menu, offering a variety of authentic Italian dishes to enjoy with family and friends, is designed around the Italian concept of spartire, meaning "to share."
The perfect poolside spot for a grilled burger, gourmet hot dog or savory fries.
In Room Dining
As always, complimentary In-Room Dining is available around the clock. Sleep in and have breakfast delivered. Have an early dinner on your verandah before an evening shore excursion. Or ring for a salad, sandwich or entree any time, Â“just because."
BB King's Blues Club
Direct from Beale Street, the B.B. King's All-Stars Band brings the best of Memphis music to sea. From funky and fast to soulful and smooth, this eight-piece band performs nightly in the newly reimagined Queen's Lounge while guests enjoy specialty cocktails like Lucille and Rock Me Baby.
If you want to rock out to chart-topping songs from the '50s to the present, Holland America's Billboard Onboard is the place to be. Here, two pianists bang out the hits late into the night, every night. Expect lots of sing-alongs, requests and a guaranteed fun time in this venue, which makes up part of the Music Walk onboard Eurodam.
From perennially popular slot machines and blackjack tables to the latest in sophisticated gaming, our casino is well-equipped and staffed with professionals eager to help guests learn new skills.
The CrowÂ’s Nest, a favorite place for guests to gather at the top of every ship, is elegantly styled aboard ms Koningsdam.
As always, viewsÂ—captured by huge wrap-around windowsÂ—take center stage, offering panoramic scenes that change by the nautical mile.
Settle in and salute the sunset with a fresh signature cocktail from the CrowÂ’s Nest bar. Take a front row seat as Koningsdam glides through a breathtaking fjord or into the next colorful island port.
From an intimate nook to observe and wonder to a festive setting to meet family and friends, the CrowÂ’s Nest is your airy, expansive perch on the world.
A refined place for coffees, drinks and liqueurs.
Lincoln Center Stage
In an exclusive partnership with the world's leading center for the performing arts, we proudly present Lincoln Center Stage, showcasing outstanding musicians performing multiple programs of chamber music each evening, as well as afternoon recitals during leisurely days at sea.
The iconic Queen's Lounge has been completely re-imagined as a striking two-tiered nightclub. Adam D. Tihany once again drew inspiration for the space from musical instruments, nodding to the graceful curves and making extensive use of wood, fluid waveforms, and light.
By day, the beautiful room hosts presentations, speakers, and other special events. At night, The QueenÂ’s Lounge will host the popular B.B. KingÂ’s Blues Club, showcasing the sounds of Memphis performed by an amazing eight-piece band. And following the eveningÂ’s entertainment, the room transforms yet again, into a late-night dance club fueled by state-of-the-art sound and special LED lighting effects.
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