main dining venue to feature dramatic wine tower and sweeping staircase
Seattle, Wash., Feb. 12, 2016 –
Holland America Line debuted the fifth “Countdown to Koningsdam” video
in the series that details The Dining Room. The short videos were created to
provide updates and share the excitement as ms Koningsdam nears delivery
in April 2016.
by Johnathan Rogers, Koningsdam’s inaugural cruise director, the video,
“Countdown to Koningsdam Episode 5,” features Holland America Line’s
Senior Vice President of Guest Experience and Product Development Michael
Smith, who takes guests inside the ship’s primary dining venue.
Dining Room is the heart of the culinary experience onboard, and this new
‘Countdown to Koningsdam’ video enables us to show fans the new
innovations and ideas we’re introducing in this space,” said Orlando Ashford,
Holland America Line’s president. “The restaurant is an impressive work of art,
and it’s the perfect venue for our guests to enjoy fine dining with Holland
The Dining Room was created by famed hospitality designer Adam D.
Tihany, and is where Koningsdam’s guests will dine for breakfast,
lunch and dinner in a more formal setting. The ambiance of the two-story
restaurant is sophisticated and airy, with several impressive new features for a Holland
America Line ship.
The bright, modern design creates a unique dining venue while
reflecting the ship’s overall design theme that was inspired by the
architecture of music. The sunny, yellow room features expansive windows that
allow for maximum daylight and incredible views of the water. In the evening
the color turns to a darker shade of amber, setting the tone for a more elegant
evening dining ambience. Structural ribs inspired by the strings of a classical
harp connect the first floor to the second floor ceiling and create the sense
of a more rounded, curvilinear space. A grand, curved staircase connects the
two dining levels.
The centerpiece of The Dining Room is a sculptural champagne gold
wine tower designed to appear folded and fluid. This dramatic tower will entice
guests to select a special bottle to enjoy with their meal. Flowing over the
dining experience are stunning chandeliers made from strings of tri-color,
hand-blown glass bulbs.
the menu will be Holland America Line’s signature dishes, classic selections,
regionally inspired cuisine and Culinary Council recipes from the world-famous
chefs who compose the group, including Holland America Line’s Master Chef and
Council Chairman Rudi Sodamin and renowned international chefs Mark Best,
Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres.
to Koningsdam’ Videos Offer Insights
“Countdown to Koningsdam” video features one of the ship’s officers or a
Holland America Line executive who shares ongoing developments on board the
line’s newest vessel, currently being built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard
in Italy. The video series is featured on the cruise line’s website.
“Countdown to Koningsdam
Episode 1” featured Hotel Director Stan Kuppens, who showed off the progress of
the ship’s atrium, spoke about his move to the yard and what’s coming next for
his team. “Episode 2” featured Vice President of Deployment and Tour Marketing
Linda Springmann detailing the ship’s inaugural sailing seasons in the
Mediterranean, northern Europe and the Caribbean.
“Episode 3” focused on the ship’s main
theater, World Stage, and featured Holland America Line’s Director of
Entertainment Bill Prince who took guests on an entertainment extravaganza. The
focus of “Episode 4,” featuring Deputy Director of Interior Operations My
Nguyen, was on the ship’s staterooms and suites.
Future videos include Captain Emiel de
Vries talking about Koningsdam’s recent sea trials; Kuppens discussing
crew duties; Prince showcasing the Music Walk entertainment area; and Smith,
who will reveal additional details about onboard dining.
About ms Koningsdam
represents a new
Pinnacle Class of ship for Holland America Line. The vessel will debut several
innovative concepts and new public spaces and venues while still featuring
popular amenities guests associate with Holland America Line.
will enjoy fine dining in several alternative restaurants including Sel de Mer,
a new French seafood brasserie; a new immersive farm-to-table concept dinner
experience in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine
magazine; a redesigned Lido Market with themed serving stations; a stunning
main dining room; and favorites such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian
restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind. The ship also will feature Holland America
Line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families and single staterooms among
its 1,331 guest accommodations.
Onboard entertainment will be taken to
a new level with the energetic Music Walk area featuring all genres of music
showcased in venues including Lincoln Center Stage, offering chamber music
nightly; Billboard Onboard, where live musicians rock the crowd with
chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s
Lounge, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED
projection at World Stage, new concepts for show-time performances will immerse
the audience in panoramic visual and sound effects.
For more information about Holland America Line and Koningsdam,
consult a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
Editor’s note: Video
five can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1lZIefv.
All videos as they are released are available at cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/qyvq3wud.
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About Holland America Line [a division of
Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL
Holland America Line’s fleet of 13 ships offers more than 500
cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies
around the world. From shorter getaways to 115-day itineraries, the company’s
cruises visit all seven continents with highlights including Antarctica
explorations, South America circumnavigations and exotic Australia/New Zealand
and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the
Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama
Canal. The line currently has a new 2,650-guest ship, ms Koningsdam, on
order for delivery in April 2016, as well as a second Pinnacle Class ship due
for delivery in November 2018.
The company recently announced $300 million in brand enhancements
to secure its position at the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships
feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences
focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand
their knowledge on board at the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food &
Wine magazine; Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times; and Digital
Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at
venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King’s Blues
Club. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with
menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary
Council that comprises world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our