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Koningsdam to sail diverse routes from Amsterdam in summer 2016

Koningsdam - will sail from Amsterdam to Norway, the Baltic, British Isles and beyond
Holland America Line’s new Koningsdam will debut a series of northern Europe and Baltic cruises as part of the line's 2016 Europe season that features seven ships sailing throughout the region.

All of the line's 2016 summer Europe program will be open for booking in early February.

Following a series of previously announced seven- and 12-day premiere sailings from Feb. 20 through April in the Mediterranean, Koningsdam will reposition from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Amsterdam. From there it will sail round-trip itineraries to Norway, the Baltic and Iceland.

Koningsdam’s 13-day repositioning cruise from the Mediterranean departs May 9 and explores 10 ports in Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal, France, Belgium and the Netherlands before ending with an overnight at Amsterdam.

Once at Amsterdam, the ship will begin seven- and 14-day cruises to Norway. A seven-day itinerary in May, July and August calls at Flåm, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Oslo, with scenic cruising in Sognefjord and Oslofjord.

Another seven-day itinerary in June and July calls at Eidfjord, Ålesund, Geiranger and Bergen, with scenic cruising in Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord. A seven-day voyage in August calls at Bergen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Ålesund and Eidfjord, with Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord scenic cruising.

A 14-day Norwegian exploration departs May 29 and July 17, and crosses the Arctic Circle while calling at eight ports in Norway. There will be scenic cruising in Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord, Trondheimsfjord, the North Cape and Sognefjord.

British Isles and Baltic sailings round out Koningsdam's summer.

An Aug. 14 cruise combining the British Isles, Iceland and Norway includes Newcastle upon Tyne, England; South Queensferry (Edinburgh) and Invergordon (Inverness), Scotland; Reykjavik (overnight), Isafjordur and Akuruyri, Iceland; and Ålesund and Bergen, Norway.

Two 14-day itineraries in June and September, also round-trip Amsterdam, include calls at Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemünde (Berlin) and Kiel (Hamburg), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg (overnight), Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden.

At the end on the season, Koningsdam sails from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia on a 12-day journey that visits England, Gibraltar, Portugal and four ports in Spain. On Oct. 24 the ship repositions to Fort Lauderdale on a 14-day crossing with calls at Alicante, Málaga (Granada) and Huelva (Seville), Spain; and Funchal, Madeira.