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Fincantieri's Marghera delivers new Pinnacle-class Koningsdam

Koningsdam - a bevy of new features (Photo: Fincantieri)
Koningsdam, Holland America Line's new Pinnacle-class ship, was handed over by Fincantieri's Marghera yard on Thursday. The 99,800gt, 300-meter vessel is HAL's largest and has a bevy of new features.

Among them are World Stage, a theater with a 20-meter LED wall that spans 270 degrees, and Music Walk, showcasing various music genres in venues including Lincoln Center Stage, offering chamber music nightly, and Billboard Onboard, a new twist on the piano bar. HAL's popular BB King’s Blues Club is housed in the expanded Queen’s Lounge.

New dining spots include a French seafood brasserie, Sel de Mer, and a Grand Dutch Cafe serving traditional Dutch treats and European beer. The expanded Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, has a new farm-to-table dinner concept. At BLEND, a venue in partnership with Chateau Ste. Michelle, passengers can blend their own wines.

The ship sports a double-deck Lido Pool area and a spacious Greenhouse Spa.

Koningsdam offers HAL's first purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travelers among its 1,331 guest accommodations.

The interiors were created by Tihany Design and Yran & Storbraaten, with the 'architecture of music' as an inspiration element for the design of many public areas.

'Koningsdam looks spectacular, beyond our expectations, and we thank all those involved for their dedication and commitment in bringing our vision to life,' HAL president Orlando Ashford said.

The ship follows 2010's Nieuw Amsterdam, also built at Marghera.