A Freshening Up Of The Eurodam
PHOTO: The ms Eurodam (Courtesy Holland America)
Eight years ago, Holland America Line christened the ms Eurodam, their first Signature line cruise ship.
After many voyages to destinations around the world, the ship went to dry dock for 14 days and returned to the waters with upgraded suites, and more dining and entertainment options than ever before. This partial makeover is all part of Holland America’s $300 million enhancement initiative for all of its ships.
Cruisers want to be entertained during their time onboard, so Holland America Line partnered with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to bring chamber music to the passengers in afternoon recitals, and with Billboard for Billboard Onboard. Musicians will take turns performing 50 years of hit music directly from the Billboard charts.
The new Gallery Bar replaced the former Northern Lights bar and serves a menu of drinks from master mixologist Dale DeGroff, who is also known as ‘King Cocktail.’ Displaying artwork that Holland American Line hoped inspired its guests to mix and mingle with each other, the Gallery Bar is decorated in eclectic portraits, landscapes, still-life, and abstract pieces.
Back in the suites, there is new furniture, wall coverings, and carpets, as well as bathroom makeovers. To support today’s tech savvy cruiser, the suites include electronic upgrades, such as additional USB outlets, LED flat-screen TVs with complimentary movies, and Bluetooth speakers in the Neptune and Pinnacle suites.
Speaking of technology, Eurodam provides free Digital Workshop sessions on how to get the most of today’s technology, from photo editing to creating movies to Cloud storage and security.
In addition to its newly expanded Lido Market where guests can choose from a variety of food from themed stations, there is a variety of cuisines to choose from, as well as 24-hour in-room dining. The ship also offers Dive-In which features gourmet burgers and hot dogs, and the vegetarian-friendly portabella mushroom stack.
There’s something for everyone to do on a cruise. For those cruisers who want to just sit back and relax, you can enjoy R&R with spa treatments at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Get a little more active with yoga, Pilates and indoor cycling classes. There are also cooking classes and culinary demonstrations. Of course, there are outdoor pools, and basketball and volleyball courts.
When it comes to nightlife, those guests who need to feel the need to sing the blues can head over to the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club, which features an eight-piece band that plays the Memphis blues. Eurodam also has its own casino, so guests who are feeling lucky can try their hand at Blackjack, Roulette, Three Card Poker, and penny to five-dollar slot machines.
Eurodam hasn’t forgotten about the kids. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities including a game room, and Club HAL for ages 3 to 17. At the Club, the younger children participate in arts and crafts, pirate treasure hunts and pizza making, while the tweens will enjoy karaoke, video game tournaments and scavenger hunts. The Loft is for the teens who can dance or sing the night away, play video game and enjoy time with other teens onboard.
Eurodam still travels to Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii and the Panama Canal.
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