Famed Hospitality Designer Reveals How Design Influences Travel in Final Video of Holland America Line's 'Conversations with Adam D. Tihany' Series

Tihany shares how ms Koningsdam will be memorable

SEATTLE, May 3, 2016 /CNW/ -- In the final installment of the "Conversations with Adam D. Tihany" video series, internationally acclaimed hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany reflects on the reasons people travel and his goal of creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience when designing interior spaces for Holland America Line's ms Koningsdam. The new Pinnacle-Class cruise ship began service in early April in Europe.

When it came to a design vision for Koningsdam, Tihany wanted to create an experience that inspires guests to return. He believes that the art of design can influence the way a guest explores new places, and with Koningsdam it was about creating memorable experiences.

"Holland America Line guests are passionate about travel and the experience of the journey, and Adam's designs on Koningsdam perfectly reflect the romance of ocean-going travel and the enduring memories we strive to create," said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. "While every ship is incredible in its own way, Koningsdam truly stands out with its light-filled spaces and beautifully curved lines. Our guests will feel how special this ship is the moment they step on board."

The desire for a touch of glamour when traveling also influenced Tihany's aesthetics on board, which can be seen through unique touches and visually stunning architecture. Tihany's overall vision was the "Architecture of Music," and the curves of elegant instruments are reflected throughout the public areas on the ship. Spaces flow naturally into each other, allowing guests to connect not only with one another but with the environment of each venue as well.

"We need to do everything possible to surprise and delight our guests, and from my side it's the design," said Tihany. "The greatest thing people bring back from traveling the world is memories, and I want their memory of their experience on Koningsdam to be once-in-a-lifetime."

'Conversations with Adam D. Tihany' Video Series
In the first video, Tihany revealed how the "Architecture of Music" and the curves of particular instruments influenced public spaces on the ship. The second video explored Koningsdam's culinary outlets, including The Dining Room; Pinnacle Grill; Lido Market; Canaletto; Sel de Mer; Grand Dutch Café; and Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine.

About ms Koningsdam
Koningsdam represents a new Pinnacle Class of ship for Holland America Line. The vessel debuted several innovative concepts and new public spaces and venues while still featuring popular amenities that are the hallmarks of Holland America Line. 

Fine dining is available in several alternative restaurants including Sel de Mer, a new French seafood brasserie; a novel immersive farm-to-table concept dinner experience in Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine; the Lido Market, with themed serving stations; a stunning main dining room; and favorites such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind. The ship also will feature Holland America Line's first purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travelers among its 1,331 guest accommodations.

Onboard entertainment has been taken to a new level, with the energetic Music Walk area featuring all genres of music showcased in venues including Lincoln Center Stage, offering chamber music nightly; Billboard Onboard, where live musicians rock the crowd with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King's Blues Club in the Queen's Lounge, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED projection at World Stage, new concepts for show-time performances will immerse the audience in panoramic visual and sound effects.

Koningsdam will spend the summer sailing from the port of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on itineraries to Norway, the Baltic and Iceland. Following its Europe season, Koningsdam will sail to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for winter and spring Caribbean cruises.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands was recently named Godmother of Koningsdam and will officially christen ms Koningsdam in a ceremony in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 20, 2016.

For more information about Holland America Line and Koningsdam, consult a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.

Editor's note:  Video three can be viewed at koningsdam.hollandamerica.com/story/adam-d-tihany. All videos as they are released are available for download at cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/qyvq3wud.

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:   CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways to 115-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven continents with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line currently has a new 2,650-guest ship, ms Koningsdam, delivered in April 2016, as well as a second Pinnacle Class ship due for delivery in November 2018.

The company recently announced $300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position as the leader in premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge on board at the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine; Explorations Café, powered by The New York Times; and Digital Workshop powered by Windows. Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council that comprises world-famous chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.


Sally Andrews





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