Holland America Line's Newest Ship: What Sets Koningsdam Apart, Plus Part II Of Our Favorite Cruises Of 2015 & A New 'Adventures Ashore' Featuring Barcelona

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What Sets Koningsdam Apart

Koningsdam Elevates The Future Of Holland America Line

Change is afoot at Holland America Line.

The line, which has been around since 1873 and has been owned by Carnival Corporation & plc since 1989, recently bade farewell to Statendam and Ryndam after more than two decades in service as “dam ships.” Their exits come at a time when Holland America is preparing to welcome a new ship into the fleet: the 2,650-guest Koningsdam.

Named after Willem-Alexander, the first King of the Netherlands in more than a century, Koningsdam will be the largest ship ever constructed for Holland America Line when she sets sail on her maiden voyage in April of this year. The lead ship of the line’s new Pinnacle Class, she also represents a fairly substantial evolution of the Holland America Line product, with new features, amenities and touches that are designed to appeal to younger cruisers and families alike. This, while still pleasing the legions of loyal past passengers the line has amassed over the decades.

It’s not an easy task – but Koningsdam is up to it, poised to become the most influential ship launched since 2002’s Zuiderdam hit the scene.

Here's what sets Koningsdam apart ... read more.

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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Barcelona, Spain (short version)

About 45 minutes to an hour from the port of Barcelona, Montserrat is a national park and a pilgrimage site in a spectacular setting. The name derives from the serrated look of the mountains. You can visit the basilica at Montserrat or simply come here for the stunning views over the valley. Learn more about shore excursions from Barcelona.

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My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part II

From Vikings to Glaciers, 2015 Offered A World of Cruising Wonder. Part II of our favorite cruises of 2015.

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My Favorite Ocean Cruises of 2015, Part I

Here are our favorite cruises for 2015. Maybe they'll provide inspiration for your cruises in 2016 - and beyond. Read more.

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