Holland America Line had to delay the launch date for its new ship Konigsdam.
Construction on the newbuild was originally scheduled to be ended on February 16, next year, but had to be pushed back to March 31, 2016. Currently, the ship is being built in Marghera, Italy at the Fincantieri shipyard.
In a statement, HAL said the delay would “create the opportunity to more fully leverage the new features, innovations and state-of-the-art technology” for guests on board the new Konigsdam ship.
The delay had also pushed back the vessel's inaugural voyage, originally scheduled for February 20, 2016. Holland America had offered onboard credit to those passengers who had booked on the original inaugural cruise and choose to make the new departure date. For those who don’t or are unable to take the delayed departure date, the line had offered a full refund.
However, Koningsdam will depart on her first cruise, a 7-day round trip sailing from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy, on April 8, 2016.
The ship's official naming ceremony remains as scheduled: in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on May 21, 2016. According to the line, between the delivery date (March 31) and the first sailing (April 8), Konigsdam will be used for company events.
“Koning” means “king” in Dutch, so the ship’s name pays honor to the Netherlands’ first king in over a century.