On Saturday, July 30, onlookers at the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle watched Holland America Line’s Koningsdam cruising down the street. The unusual sight was a replica helium balloon of the ship, which was among more than 100 floats taking part in this annual event, said Holland America Line.
 
At 45 feet long and 11 feet tall, the detailed float required 30 employees to guide it carefully through the streets of Seattle on the 2.5-mile route.
 
Holland America Line has been a sponsor and participant of the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade for many years, and employees previously carried an orca-whale balloon to highlight cruises to Alaska.