(4:30 p.m. EST) — After a December dry dock, passengers on Holland America’s Eurodam are the first within the fleet to experience new entertainment, dining venues and suite upgrades, part of a $300 million brand enhancement announced in October.
The ship — which resumed sailing December 20 following a 14-day dry dock — received features such as Billboard Onboard, a sing-along piano/guitar spot playing 50 years of chart-topping hits; Lincoln Center Stage, a venue focusing on classical music with a quintet that combines piano and strings; and the Gallery Bar (previously Northern Lights), a sophisticated watering hole serving up crafted cocktails from a menu created by master mixologist Dale DeGroff.
A new Lido Market has replaced the former buffet. Offering both to-go and made-to-order food items, the new venue is comprised of various themed stations, such as Breadboard (fresh-baked breads and pastries), Wild Harvest (salad station) and Distant Lands (exotic bites from around the world). It also will include dessert and coffee stations. Additionally, New York Pizza, which debuted on Nieuw Amsterdam, has replaced Slice.
Eurodam is also the first Holland America ship to receive new suite upgrades planned for the line’s Signature-, Vista- and R-class ships. All suites received new furniture, carpet, bedside LED lights, a lighted closet rod and more. Neptune and Pinnacle Suites received Bose Bluetooth speakers. Suite bathrooms were replenished with new tile flooring, designer glass tile in the vanity area, contemporary mirrors, integrated LED lighting and a nightlight.
Throughout the ship, passengers can access complimentary movies on demand as well as the daily program, guest services and restaurant and spa information via LED flat-screen TVs.
Oosterdam is scheduled for dry dock April 2016. The line’s newest ship, Koningsdam, will include the new enhancements as well as a number of Holland America firsts when it launches April 2016.
Last week, the line revealed details of new partnerships with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and Koppert Cress, an herb specialist whose ingredients will tie into recipes served at Koningsdam’s Dinner at the Culinary Arts Center.
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