A Photo Tour of Holland America’s Newest Cruise Ship: the ms Koningsdam

by Janis on July 8, 2016

Koningsdam, Holland America Line, in AmsterdamWe sailed on Holland America Line’s new ms Koningsdam cruise ship on the July 3rd 7-Day Viking Sagas cruise from Amsterdam.

Big and beautiful, the first Pinnacle Class ship features 13 guest decks and houses 2,650 guests (not counting third and forth guests sharing a stateroom), in addition to 1,036 crew.

sea view pool, Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe fluid curves of musical instruments inspired the ship’s design by hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany and ship architect Bjorn Storbraaten.

Curved shapes appear throughout the ms Koningsdam, as seen in the Panorama Deck over the Sea View Pool at the aft end of the ship. This area also includes the Sea View bar and outdoor tables for dining just outside of the Lido Market restaurant.

view from Panorama Deck overlooking Sea View Pool, Koningsdam, Holland America LineSun seekers have three decks of lounge chairs to catch rays at the aft end of the ms Koningsdam. The view pictured above is from the Deck 11 Sun Deck overlooking additional sunning areas on the Panorama Deck and the adults only Sea View Pool.

basketball on the Sport Court, Koningsdam, Holland America LineMid-ship on Deck 11 near the ship’s stack, you will find the Sport Court for basketball and other games. The area is fully-enclosed to keep errant balls out of the sea. The blue-surfaced Sport Court has bleacher seats for spectators.

Lido Pool, Koningsdam, Holland America LineMid-ship, the Lido Pool is a two-level affair, with a retractable roof and a poolside outdoor movie screen.

view from deck 11 of retractable roof, Lido Pool, Koningsdam, Holland America LineOn the deck 11 Sun Deck, a jogging track circles the sliding doom cover that is closed during inclement weather. The photo above also provides a view of the popular lounging areas on Deck 10, one deck above the Lido Pool.

lounge chairs over Lido Pool, Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe lounge chairs and day beds are popular spots for folks to hang out in shade during the day, and/or to watch the evening movie showing on the outdoor screen while perhaps enjoying a cocktail from the Panorama Bar or a casual meal from the New York Pizza and Deli.

hot tubs, Lido Pool, Koningsdam, Holland America LineDuring one of only two sea days during our cruise, the hot tubs in theLido Pool area where popular.

treadmills with a view, Koningsdam, Holland America LineFurther forward on Deck 9 is the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, and then the fitness center. At the front of the ship, this gym offers treadmills with an ocean view.

Ryde Indoor cycling, Koningsdam, Holland America LineAnother room in the Fitness Center houses Ryde Indoor Cycling and TRX classes, which cost $20 per class on the ms Koningsdam.

ceiling to floor windows, Crow's Nest, Deck 12 Observation Deck, Koningsdam, Holland America LineYou will find the Crow’s Nest up three levels on the Deck 12 Observation Deck. Like other Holland America ships, it features floor to ceiling windows.

The rest of the Crow’s Nest is quite a departure from the prior Holland America standard design.

Seating area, Crow's Nest, Deck 12 Observation Deck, Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe contemporary decor is fun and fresh, but not very functional for cocktails, events or conversations.

bar, Crow's Nest, Deck 12 Observation Deck, Koningsdam, Holland America LineThe bar is square, and the tall backed chairs cut up the room.  library, Deck 12 Observation Deck, Koningsdam, Holland America LineOur biggest disappointment on Deck 12 was the library. A highlight of other Holland America ships filled with New York Times bestsellers, the library on the ms Koningsdam has been relegated to a small corner with only a few destination books and magazines.

Fresh flower arrangement, Koningsdam, Holland America LineOne thing that has not been removed from the ms Koningsdam: beautiful fresh flower arrangements are found throughout the ship.

Green bunny, The Retreat, Deck 12 Observation Deck, Koningsdam, Holland America LineAnother highlight of Deck 12 is The Retreat, a private sunning area for those who pay extra for a private cabana space. The green bunny keeps a watch over this area, sure to be popular on Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises.

Have you sailed on Holland America’s new ms Koningsdam? What is your favorite spot?

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