Holland America begins taking bookings for new ship

Holland America today began taking bookings for its first new ship since 2010.

Currently under construction at a shipyard near Venice, Italy, the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam will debut on Feb. 20, 2016 with a seven-night Mediterreanean voyage from Civitavecchia, Italy (near Rome) before beginning a series of six 12-night Mediterranean sailings from Civitavecchia.

All seven of the voyages are now open for booking with fares starting at $999 per person, based on double occupancy.

The initial voyage will feature stops in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kérkira (Corfu) and Katakolon (Olympia), Greece; and Naples, Italy.

The 12-night sailings will alternate between two itineraries. The first features calls at Katakolon, Piraeus (the port for Athens), Rhodes and Crete, Greece; Istanbul (for an overnight stay) and Kusadasi (near Ephesus), Turkey; and Naples. The second itinerary features calls at Naples; Palermo, Sicily; Cagliari, Sardinia; Gibraltar, British Territory; and Cádiz, Málaga, Cartagena and Barcelona, Spain.

Koningsdam is the first of a new class of vessel at Holland America that will be larger than previous ships and have a more contemporary design. The 15-vessel company tapped noted resort and restaurant designer Adam Tihany to create interior spaces in partnership with Bjørn Storbraaten, who worked on two earlier Holland America ships. Tihany also has created spaces for Celebrity and Seabourn vessels.

For a first look at the new ship, click through the carousel at the top of this story.

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