Koningsdam, the newest ship from Holland America, is like nothing you've seen from the line before. Launched in April 2016, Koningsdam has bright, open spaces free from the line's usual wood paneling, period artwork, and masculine, even clubby atmosphere heavy on maritime influence. Just how modern is the new look? The deck overlooking the pool has white leather banquets and day beds surrounded by sheer white curtains, a look that feels more like Celebrity’s Solstice-class ships than anything in this fleet. Koningsdam also has a music theme, and artwork includes breathtaking black-and-white photos of dancers as well as more playful pieces.
At 2,650 passengers, Koningsdam is the largest ship in the fleet, but smaller spaces — including the dining room and theater — with frequent seatings make it feel more manageable. The line has made other improvements that are subtle yet impactful, too, including offering Wi-Fi that’s 10 times faster than what you’ll find on their older ships.