Press Release, September 15, 2014 zoom Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam.“In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honoring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of the Holland America Group. “This new Pinnacle Class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.”“The 2,650-passenger ship is an evolution in design for the line — a new Pinnacle Class — and is being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard”Since 1883 every Holland America passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that tradition. The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name celebrates the majestic new ship. The name also pays honor to His Majesty King Willem–Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.Holland America Line has a long, proud history with the Netherlands. All 15 premium cruise ships fly the Dutch flag as they sail throughout the world, to more than 400 ports of call.Many of Holland America Line’s ships have been christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years. Most recently, ms Nieuw Amsterdamwas christened by Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima in 2010. And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. When it debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland America Line. At 99,500 gross tons and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, the vessel is the largest ever built for the company. The increased size provides more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam. Familiar spaces and amenities currently featured across the Holland America Line fleet will also be found on the new ship.Holland America Line was founded in the Netherlands in 1873 as the Netherlands-American Steamship Company headquartered in Rotterdam. The original headquarters building still stands today as the Hotel New York on the Wilhelmina Pier, with the company’s European headquarters located nearby.
Sri Lanka and India enjoy strong diplomatic ties with the Sri Lankan government often keeping the Indian government updated on virtually every decision taken during and after the war against the LTTE.Meanwhile in the Indian parliament the DMK and AIADMK MPs were protesting against the government for “not making efforts” for a stronger resolution against Sri Lanka over the ethnic Tamils issue at the UNHRC yesterday. “By acting against Sri Lanka, India including Tamil Nadu will end up learning a harsh lesson. Sri Lanka should focus on a non Indian centric foreign policy,” he said. An NDTV report said that in the morning, as Chairman Hamid Ansari walked in, AIADMK Members, led by their leader V Maitreyan, rushed to the well and knelt down holding posters of slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s son, allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan army. They continued holding up posters and disrupting the house even as the Chairman tried to get some business done. The house was adjourned shortly after noon.When the Rajya Sabha resumed, Congress MP Renuka Choudhary was presiding over proceedings in the upper house. DMK MPs continued shouting slogans and disrupted Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid from making a statement.They also interrupted other members of the house from speaking. When Choudhary objected to the disruptions and called for order in the house, some MPs rushed to the dais the damaged the speaker’s mike. The house was adjourned for the day and will next meet on April 22. (Colombo Gazette) He also said that Sri Lanka should completely severe trading and tourism ties with Tamil Nadu in South India. The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a government ally, has called for a change in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy with India after the Indians voted against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).Government minister and leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Champika Ranawaka said that the Sri Lankan government should look at strengthening economic policies with South American, African, and East Asian countries. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO