Isn’t it time you started looking at reservations for a Holland America cruise? After all, it has been a difficult few years and you deserve some time for a little rest and relaxation. In this case, take a closer look at one of the cruise liner’s premier ships, the MS Koningsdam. With a variety of options for destinations and accommodations, it won’t be long before you set out for your next adventure.

One of two swimming pools onboard Holland America's Koningsdam cruise ship
Koningsdam Swimming Pool (credit: Randy Yagi)

About MS Koningsdam

The MS Koningsdam was the largest cruise ship in Holland America’s fleet when it first took to the seas in 2016. The Koningsdam is nearly 985 feet in length and has a passenger capacity of 2,650. The Pinnacle-class cruise ship features 12 decks, with the majority of cabins providing outstanding ocean views. The word Koningsdam is translated as “king” in the Dutch language. Moreover, in recent years Koningsdam has been named Best Mid-Sized Cruise Ship by USA Today. Holland America’s Koningsdam’s next departure is April 30, with the 7-Day Alaskan Inside Passage excursion.

Please note: Many upcoming trips have already sold out. Therefore, you should make reservations as quickly as possible. Additionally, due to increased demand, one or more of these featured trips may already be sold out. But if you book now, you can take advantage of the cruise liner’s 3-Day Deal.

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Accommodations Onboard The MS Koningsdam

MS Koningsdam features 1,331 staterooms and suites in six room categories. For instance, the most affordable options are the Inside and Ocean View staterooms. In the middle of affordability are Veranda staterooms, which further come in four sub-categories. Of course, the largest and most luxurious are the suites, particularly the Neptune and Pinnacle suites. Room sizes vary from 143 square feet for an Inside Stateroom to 1,290 square feet for a Pinnacle Suite. What’s more, all rooms come with a number of fine amenities. For example, all rooms have a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, a safe and Wi-Fi.

Koningsdam Cruise Ship Restaurants

Holland America is well known for offering a large selection of dining options onboard their cruises ships. In this case, the Koningsdam has nine restaurants with a variety of upscale cuisine. Of those nine, four are included in your reservation, like the two-level Dining Room. On the other hand, you may wish to dine at the other five that require an additional fee. In detail, you can dine at signature restaurants like Pinnacle Grill and Rudi’ Sel De Mer. If that’s not enough, Holland America offers signature dining packages for additional savings.

Koningsdam Entertainment

It can be a surprise on how much entertainment you will find onboard the Koningsdam. Of course, the pools and hot tubs are there, as well as boutique shops and a casino. But did you know that there is live entertainment onboard? In fact, the Koningsdam has many entertainment options, like the Lincoln Center Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Club. There are also a Rolling Stone-branded Rock Room and Billboard Onboard. Together with a Broadway-caliber theater, you will have multiple options for world-class entertainment. If that’s not enough, you can even watch a movie on the pool deck.

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If you want to treat yourself like a king or queen, you can royally pamper yourself at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Whether you desire a massage, skin treatment or hairstyling, all of these are available onboard. Although any spa service requires an additional fee, you can save up to 25 percent off by booking in advance of your cruise. In addition to the spa center is an enormous fitness facility. Here, you will find state-of-the-art equipment like elliptical trainers, treadmills and weight machines. If you’re interested in an exercise class, the Koningsdam offers that as well.

Shore Excursions

In addition to the fabulous dining and world-class entertainment, you can enjoy offshore excursions. For instance, you can enjoy a food and wine tour that’s part of a collaboration between Holland America and FOOD & WINE. Equally impressive are activities like snorkeling, whale watching and ATVing! Furthermore, you can go on an evening tour of Singapore or Santorini or even go dogsledding in Alaska. All of these excursions are backed by Holland America’s Best Price Guarantee.

Upcoming Koningsdam Cruise Trips

9-Day Yukon+Double Denali

Dates: May 28-June 6, 2022
Departing Port: Vancouver B.C., Canada
Arriving Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Prices: Starting from $1549

Your journey begins from one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver. Although you will be at sea the following day, you will be traveling through the breathtaking Inside Passage. In more detail, you will see much of Alaska’s natural beauty, including its mighty glaciers. Along the way, you will several stops, including Juneau the capital city of Alaska. However, portions of your itinerary also include train and bus trips. In particular is a bus trip to Denali National Park, where you will stay for two nights. Your trip will then conclude with an overnight train trip to Anchorage.

Seattle Gold Rush

Dates: May 28-June 9, 2022
Departing Port: Seattle
Arriving Port: Seattle
Prices: Starting at $2,988

The Seattle Gold Rush cruise is quite similar to Holland America’s Yukon+Double Denali. For instance, you will be able to see the inside Passage and stay in Denali. On the other hand, this trip includes a scenic bus ride from Seattle to Vancouver, Canada. What’s more, at the conclusion of the trip, you will fly back to Seattle from Anchorage. Like the Yukon+Denali, trips you have optional excursions to consider. That is to say you can book trips like a tour of Dawson City or even a plane or helicopter ride over Denali.

5-Day Pacific Coastal Cruise

Dates: October 24-29, 2022
Departing Port: Vancouver
Arriving Port: San Diego
Prices: Starting at $349

The Pacific Coastal Cruise can be a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable Holland America cruise trip. To put it another, you can still enjoy the cruise experience at an affordable price. That’s not to mention ports of call at two of the West Coast’s most scenic cities. Your first stop will be Victoria, known for its famous Butchart Gardens and European architecture. Your next stop will be a full day in San Francisco. In fact, you will have more than 10 hours to explore the City by the Bay. Although you will be arriving in the Fisherman’s Wharf area, you can see other parts of the City. Take for example, an optional trip to Muir Woods or Golden Gate Bridge, among others. After departing the Port of San Francisco at 11 p.m. you will be at sea until arriving in San Diego.

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7-Day Mexican Riviera

Dates: November 12-19

Yet another affordable cruise option with Holland America is a trip along the Mexican Riviera. In the first place, you have stops at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. Equally important is that you will have full days to explore each of these resort cities. Of course, you have optional activities to enjoy if you desire. In this case, you have optional trips to attractions like El Arco, tour Old Mazatlán or even a dolphin encounter. If that’s not enough, you can try some of the local cuisine, shop or simply take in the gorgeous ocean views. After a full day at sea, you will arrive back at the Port of San Diego.

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About The Author

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. During his peak years, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS News, CBS Radio, Engadget, NBC, and He is a media fellow of Stanford University in 2012.

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