Holland America Line began 135 years ago as the Netherlands-America Steamship Company, a cargo and passenger shipping line that sailed between Rotterdam and the Americas. Today, it is one of the world’s leading premium leisure cruise lines. Its elegant, mid-size ships sail nearly 500 different itineraries to 314 ports of call on seven continents.
The recent addition of the new ms Eurodam brought the total number of ships in Holland America’s fleet to 14. The Eurodam, a 2,104-passenger ship, is the first in Holland America’s new Signature Class. The ship was officially dedicated by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on July 1. After sailing in the Baltic region this summer, the Eurodam will cross the Atlantic to sail the coast of New England this fall.
The Eurodam has a number of luxurious features that are new to the cruise line, such as Spa Staterooms. There are 56 of these special cabins, which vary from inside staterooms to suites with private verandahs. All are located on the top two decks, in close proximity to the Greenhouse Spa and Salon. They also have special spa amenities, such as water features that provide soothing, ambient background sound. Ten of the Spa Staterooms located on the Observation Deck have floor-to-ceiling windows and scalloped verandahs for spectacular views.
Like staterooms across the fleet, those on the Eurodam provide passengers with premium amenities such as waffle weave terry cloth robes, Egyptian cotton towels, flat panel TVs, DVD players, lighted make-up mirrors and massaging shower heads.
The Eurodam also has new dining options, including a pan-Asian restaurant called Tamarind. Lunch at Tamarind features dim sum, the classic Asian dumplings, with fusion sauces for dipping. For dinner, guests can choose one of a variety of Asian-inspired entrees or Rijsttafel, a Dutch adaptation of the traditional Indonesian dinner. Rijsttafel features rice served with a variety of flavorful side dishes, including satay, steamed vegetables, braised poultry and seafood steamed in banana leaves.
While planning and building the Eurodam, Holland America also enhanced the rest of its fleet through its Signature of Excellence initiative. The cruise line invested $425 million in enhancements to the ships’ public spaces, accommodations, dining rooms, service programs and itineraries.
Another great feature of the Eurodam are the airy new cabanas available for rent on the Observation and Lido Decks. These super private cabanas allow sweeping views of the ocean, privacy, and a louge type feel.