For the first time since her debut in April 2016, the newest and largest cruise ship of Holland America arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. MS Koningsdam will homeport there for the next 5 months to sail the Caribbean.
The 2,650-passenger ship, which was christened in Europe during her maiden season, brings some Holland America firsts to the U.S. The ship flaunts the line's first family and no-supplement solo cabins, an outdoor movie theater concept, a wine-blending venue, a main theater with a 270-degree LED screen and a French seafood restaurant serving locally-caught fish, among other new features.
To kick off her winter season, ms Koningsdam will host Holland America executives and members of the media on a four-night Bahamas cruise, with booked passengers. After a series of Caribbean cruises, ranging from 7 to 21 nights, the ship will return to Europe for her next 6-month stint sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome) and Amsterdam.
Koningsdam is one of three new cruise ships that repositioned from Europe to the U.S. this past week. Carnival Vista made a splash in New York City Friday for its christening; it will move to Miami for the season late November. The world's biggest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, arrived Saturday in its long-term home of Fort Lauderdale.