Holland America Line (HAL) has opened bookings for its newest cruise ship, the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam, which enters service in February next year.

The books are open for Europe cruises 2016, including the 13-day Christening Voyage, departing May 9, from Italy (Civitavecchia, the port for Rome) to the Netherlands (Amsterdam).

Orlando Ashford, Holland America President, said they were “especially pleased to announce the Christening Cruise that will feature the official naming celebration of this special ship”. The naming ceremony is planned for May 21 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and will be followed by an Amsterdam overnight. 

From May throughout the summer ms Koningsdam will sail on itineraries to the Baltic, Norway, British Isles and Iceland, round-trip from Amsterdam.

The ship’s first “Premiere Voyage” is a 7-night round-trip from Civitavecchia to Croatia, Greece and Italy, departing February 20, 2016. Current pricing on HAL’s website shows prices starting at $1,000 for inside cabins and $1,300 for verandah staterooms. Koningsdam’s fall and winter itineraries are expected to be announced in the coming months.

MS Koningsdam introduces the new HAL Pinnacle Class. The interiors of the ship are being created by Adam D. Tihany (renowned hospitality designer) and Bjorn Storbraaten (maritime architect), who worked with Holland America on Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam.

Among the features of the new ship are Holland America’s first-ever specially built staterooms for families that will offer two bathrooms and sleep five. Koningsdam will also have twelve solo-occupancy staterooms.