(6:45 p.m. EST) — Holland America’s new 2,650-passenger cruise ship, Koningsdam, has successfully wrapped up sea trials that began January 2.
The tests, which are standard for any new vessel, assessed the ship’s systems, machinery and engines. Standard hull maintenance also was performed during a dry dock period in between the sea trials.
Koningsdam returned on January 16 to Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, where it will receive final touches in preparation for its maiden sailing April 8. The ship’s naming ceremony is scheduled for May 20 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After its debut, the ship will sail Mediterranean, Baltic, British Isles and Northern Europe itineraries before heading to the U.S. in November.
Last week, the line revealed details about new partnerships — including a link-up with herb specialist Koppert Cress, to grow ingredients for Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center onboard.