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Holland America Line Appoints ms Koningsdam Captain

Holland America Line Appoints ms Koningsdam Captain

When Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam sets sail on her inaugural voyage on 8th April 2016, Captain Emiel de Vries will be in command. He joined the company in 1997, has been master of five of the cruise line’s ships, and currently lives near Venice, Italy, to be close to the Fincantieri shipyard where ms Koningsdam is being built.

The ms Koningsdam will feature Holland America’s first purpose-built staterooms for families as well as single staterooms among its 1,331 guest accommodations and will debut several innovative concepts and new public venues, while still featuring popular amenities that guests associate with Holland America Line.

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy fine dining in several alternative restaurants including Sel de Mer, a new French seafood brasserie; a new immersive farm-to-table dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine; a re-designed casual Lido Market with themed serving stations; a stunning main dining room; and favourites such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind.

Onboard entertainment will be taken to a new level with the energetic Music Walk area featuring all genres of music showcased in venues including Lincoln Center Stage offering chamber music nightly; Billboard Onboard where live musicians rock the crowd with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. World Stage brings 270-degree LED projection to the main showroom, enabling new concepts for showtime performances and immersing the audience in a panorama of sight and sound.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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