Bookings are now open for Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship, ms Koningsdam. Launching in April 2016, Koningsdam will be homeported at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale FL, sailing 7- to 11-day Caribbean cruises from November 2016 through 2017 March.

Koningsdam’s 7-day Caribbean voyages will visit popular ports of call in the region, while the longer 9- to 11-day itineraries, beginning in November 2016, will offer more time for exploring an array of remote islands. A 7-day and 9-day Holiday voyage departs on December 23 and December 30, respectively. Ship’s longer sailings showcase more call ports in the region and include visits to lesser-visited islands such as Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, St. Lucia, Martinique and Jamaica.

Two different 7-day itineraries provide the perfect getaway in winter with 6 departures in 2017. The first route calls at Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos, and Half Moon Cay, HAL's private Bahamian island. Another route visits Grand Cayman, Half Moon Cay, Key West and Mexico.

When ms Koningsdam sets sail on her Premier Voyage on April 8, 2016, the ship will debut several new public venues and innovative concepts while still featuring the popular amenities associated with Holland America Line

Passengers will have the chance to enjoy fine dining in elegant alternative restaurants including a new farm-to-table experience in ship's Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine; Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie; a re-designed Lido Market with themed stations; and favorites such as Canaletto Italian restaurant, pan-Asian Tamarind and Pinnacle Grill. Koningsdam will also feature HAL’s first purpose-built family staterooms as well as single cabins among the 1,331 passenger accommodations.

Onboard entertainment will feature the Music Walk area with all genres of music showcased in Lincoln Center Stage with chamber music nightly; B.B. King’s Blues Club in Queen’s Lounge with the best of Memphis music at sea; and Billboard Onboard with live musicians rocking the crowd. The World Stage will boast a 270-degree LED projection, enabling new concepts for performances and immersing guests in a panorama of sound and sight.