Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will christen Holland America’s new Pinnacle-class ship, ms Koningsdam in a ceremony in Rotterdam.
The 2,650-guest ship is the first in a new class of vessel for the line and will be christened on May 20, 2016.
Members of the Dutch Royal family have christened 11 Holland America Line ships and more recently then Princess Maxim Christened ms Nieuw Amsterdam in 2010 and then Queen Beatrix served as ms Eurodam’s godmother in 2008.
“We are incredibly honoured that Her Majesty Queen Máxima will carry on the tradition of Dutch Royalty christening Holland America Line ships, which began 87 years ago,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We chose Rotterdam as the location for the official ceremony because of the deep historic connection between Holland America Line, the city and the people of the Netherlands. May 20 will be a very special day in our company’s 143-year history as we officially dedicate ms Koningsdam.”
The official ceremony will take place in Rotterdam onboard the ship during a special 13-day Christening Cruise departing Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, May 9. Following that voyage Koningsdam will spend the summer sailing from the port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on itineraries to Norway, the Baltic and Iceland.