The naming follows the long tradition which has seen members of Dutch Royal Family launch eleven HAL ships. The 2,650-passenger Koningsdam will be christened on May 20 at a ceremony in Rotterdam.
Orlando Ashford, line’s president, said:
“We are incredibly honoured that her majesty Queen Máxima will carry on the tradition of Dutch royalty christening Holland America Line ships, which began 87 years ago.
“We chose Rotterdam as the location for the official ceremony because of the deep historic connection between Holland America Line, the city, and the people of the Netherlands.
“May 20 will be a very special day in our company’s 143-year history as we officially dedicate ms Koningsdam.”