The ms Eurodam is the newest ship in the Holland America Line fleet. She is the first of Holland America's Signature Class vessels. New features to Holland America Line that can be found onboard this ship include a new Pan-Asian restaurant (Tamarind) and lounge (Silk Den), a new Italian restaurant (Canaletto), a new atrium bar area, an enhanced show lounge, spa staterooms, cabanas, the latest navigation and safety systems, as well as the latest Azipod propulsion technology.
Eurodam's onboard theme is "The Dutch Golden Age - An Inexhaustible Tradition." As such, a wonderful art collection (including many pieces made by famous Dutch artists) is featured onboard Eurodam reflecting this theme.
Holland America Eurodam will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):
2012: Eastern & Western Caribbean 2013: Canada & New England, Eastern & Western Caribbean, Northern Europe, Western Mediterranean
Eurodam features a wide range of accommodations, from standard interior staterooms to luxurious and large suites. New to the Holland America fleet onboard Eurodam are its Spa Suites and Staterooms (which include categories SZ, VQ, VT, CA and IA). All of these staterooms are located on either the Panorama or Observation deck, and benefit from the following special amenities: organic cotton bathrobes and slippers, iPod® docking station, soothing color palette, in-room slate table-top water feature, yoga mat, pedometer (for use aboard ship), fitness DVD, no-host minibar (initially stocked with specialty waters), cut-fruit tray at embarkation, invigorating shower head, wooden bathmat, aromatherapy bath salts, room service spa breakfast, in-room spa menu and a spa concierge (to book treatments).
Interior Staterooms: The interior staterooms onboard Eurodam range in size from 170 to 200 square feet. They feature 2 lower beds that are convertible to 1 queen-size. Each room has a bathroom with a shower. Category IA staterooms are interior spa staterooms.
OceanView Staterooms: Eurodam's oceanview staterooms are anywhere from 170 to 185 square feet. These staterooms have 2 lower beds that are convertible to 1 queen-size, as well as a bathtub and shower in their bathroom. Category G staterooms have a partial ocean view. Category H, GG and HH staterooms have an obstructed view. Category CA staterooms are oceanview spa staterooms.
Verandah (Balcony) Staterooms: The standard balcony staterooms onboard Eurodam are referred to as Deluxe Verandah OceanView Staterooms. They are 254 square feet in size and have 2 lower beds that are convertible to 1 queen-size, as well as a bathtub and shower in the bathroom, a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows (leading out to the private verandah). Category VQ and VT staterooms are verandah spa staterooms, and the VT staterooms have compact verandahs.
Suites: The most basic suites onboard Eurodam are its Superior Verandah Suites. Such accommodations are 398 square feet and feature everything a Deluxe Verandah has, plus a dual sink vanity in the bathroom, as well as an additional shower stall, full-size whirlpool bath, large sitting area, dressing room and a sofa bed for 1 person (besides the standard bedding). Category SZ staterooms are Superior Verandah Spa Suites.
Deluxe Verandah Suite is anywhere from 510 to 700 square feet in size, depending on the specific stateroom and category. These accommodations feature 2 lower beds that are convertible to 1 king-size bed, as well as a bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower, additional shower stall, large sitting area, dressing room, floor-to-ceiling windows (leading out to a private verandah) and 1 sofa bed (for 2 people).
The most premium staterooms onboard Eurodam are its Penthouse Verandah Suites. These large staterooms are 1,318 square feet! They feature a bedroom with 1 king-size bed, an oversized whirlpool bath, shower, additional shower stall, living room, dining room, dressing room, private verandah with a whirlpool, pantry, 1 sofa bed (for 2 people), microwave, refrigerator, guest toilet, private stereo system and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Eurodam's main dining room is the Rembrandt Dining Room. It is a two level restaurant that is located towards the rear of the ship, on the Lower Promenade and Promenade decks. The main dining room features fine china and serves a wonderful five-course dinner. Passengers have the option of booking themselves into a traditional, assigned dining setup (at either an early or main seating) or a more flexible/open dining setup. The flexible/open dining schedule is available from 5:15 pm to 9:00 pm. You must choose which format you prefer when you initially book your cruise. You can change your mind prior to your departure, but the dining you prefer may be waitlisted or closed at that point in time.
The Pinnacle Grill is an optional specialty restaurant onboard Eurodam, located midship on the Lower Promenade deck. This gourmet venue offers a 5-star dining experience, featuring upscale selections such as Sterling Silver Beef, fresh seafood and a world-class wine list. There is a $20 per person cover charge for dinner, and a $10 per person cover charge for lunch at the Pinnacle Grill. This restaurant is available by reservation only, and it is recommended that you make your reservations as soon as you know that you want to go (to avoid the restaurant being booked up when you want to eat there). Children under 12 dine at the Pinnacle Grill free of charge. Children 13 to 17 years of age only have to pay half of the typical cover charge.
Eurodam's main buffet area is located on the Lido deck and is (appropriately) called the Lido Restaurant. It's a casual and relaxed dining option that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (with wait service). The Lido Restaurant features a wide variety of choices, from pasta, pizza, cooked-to-order omelets, and a salad bar to gourmet sandwiches, sushi and Asian stir-fry. Indoor and outdoor seating is available at this venue.
Being the first Signature Class vessel in the Holland America Line fleet, Eurodam features new restaurants to the fleet. Canaletto Restaurant is a new Italian restaurant, while Tamarino Restaurant is a Pan Asian restaurant.
The Terrace Bistro is located outside on the Lido deck. This venue serves pizza, sandwiches, sausages, nachos, hamburgers and hot dogs. It's a nice option for a relaxing poolside lunch.
Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. There is a basic complimentary menu, but it's an excellent option for a late night snack, or for when you're feeling a little lazy and would rather the food come to you. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as bar drinks.
The first passenger level deck onboard Eurodam is the Main deck. Forward on this deck is the stage level of Eurodam's main show theater, The Mainstage. Located midship on this deck is the first level of Eurodam's atrium, as well as the atrium bar, the front office and the shore excursions desk. There are also various interior and oceanview staterooms on the Main deck.
The next deck up is the Lower Promenade deck. Forward on this deck is the balcony level of The Mainstage. Also on this deck is Eurodam's casino, piano bar, sports bar and Queens Lounge & Culinary Arts Center (a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen). The Pinnacle Grill (an optional specialty restaurant) is located midship, as is the Pinnacle Bar and the second level of the atrium. The art gallery, Explorer's Lounge and the lower level of the main dining room (Rembrandt) are all also located on the Lower Promenade deck.
The third passenger deck onboard Eurodam is the Promenade deck. Forward on this deck is the second balcony level of The Mainstage (which is the highest level of this show room). Also on this deck is the screening room, Half Moon, Merabella Luxury Shop and the full shopping arcade (great for some duty-free shopping). The Ocean Bar is located midship, right by the third level of Eurodam's atrium. The photo gallery is also on this deck, as is the upper level of the Rembrandt Dining Room.
The Upper Promenade deck is the next deck up on Eurodam. There are no public rooms on this deck of Eurodam, as there are a bunch of interior, oceanview and verandah staterooms on this deck.
The Verandah, Upper Verandah, Rotterdam and Navigation decks are, respectively, the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth decks up onboard Eurodam. On all of these decks are a variety of interior and verandah staterooms, as well as some Deluxe and Superior Verandah Suites. Also on the Rotterdam deck is the Neptune Lounge and Concierge, as well as Eurodam's two Penthouse Verandah Suites.
Eurodam's next deck up is the Lido deck. On this deck of Eurodam is the Lido Restaurant (nearby the new Canaletto Restaurant), Eurodam's main buffet area. Also on this deck is the Sea View Pool (and the surrounding lounge seating), located towards the rear of the ship. Eurodam's main outdoor pool, the Lido Pool, is located on this deck as well. There is a bunch of outdoor lounge seating around this pool, as well as the Lido Bar and Terrace Bistro. Forward on this deck is the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, featuring a fitness center, hydro pool, thermal suites, sauna and various therapy rooms.
The Panorama deck is the tenth deck onboard Eurodam. On this deck are a bunch of verandah staterooms and suites, as well as The Loft (the teen center) and Club HAL (the children's program). There is a video arcade nearby the teen and children's program areas.
The highest deck onboard Eurodam is the Observation deck. Towards the rear of the ship on this deck is a basketball court, volleyball court and the new (Pan Asian) Tamarino Restaurant and Silk Den Lounge (offering panoramic views of the ocean and Lido Pool area). Forward on this deck you'll find Exploration's Cafe (a coffee house featuring internet), Crow's Nest (an observation lounge during the day, and nightclub at night) and some verandah staterooms.
New to the Holland America Line, featured onboard Eurodam, are its cabanas (located on the Observation and Lido decks). These are private and are available on a reservations-only basis. They provide a nice poolside retreat. The Retreat cabanas (located on the Observation deck) are a more exclusive type of cabana, featuring luxurious amenities and healthy refreshments. Retreat cabanas are $45 on port days and $75 during days at sea. The standard cabanas (located mid-ship, poolside on the Lido deck) are $30 on port days and $50 during days at sea.
Dress during the day is casual. Holland America asks that you wear shoes and a cover-up over bathing suits when you walk in the interior of the ship.
Evening dress is broken up into two categories by Holland America: Formal or Smart Casual. Smart Casual is defined by Holland America as slacks and collared shirts for men and casual dresses, slacks and informal evening wear for women. T-shirts, swimsuits, tank tops and shorts are not allowed in the restaurants or public areas during the evening hours. On Formal evenings, ladies usually wear a suit, cocktail dress or gown and gentlemen wear a jacket and tie, dark suit or tuxedo. There are approximately two formal nights per week.
Holland America offers a supervised youth and teen program for children ages 3* to 17. The program is broken up into three, aged based, groups.
Club HAL® Kids is for children ages 3 to 7. Activities include storytelling, fabric painting, indoor games, arts and crafts, drawing contests, puzzles, bingo and more. Children in pull-ups or diapers are not allowed in the youth facilities due to US Public Health laws.
Club HAL® Tweens is for children ages 8 to 12. Activities may include learning golf putting, disco parties, theme parties, participating in the award winning National Park Service Jr. Ranger Program (only on Alaska cruises), on-deck sports events, scavenger hunts and more.
The Loft and The Oasis (not available on all Vista-class ships) is for teens, ages 13 to 17. Activities include a teen disco, karaoke, video games, sport tournaments, trivia contests, bingo, movies and more.
When there are over 100 children onboard a HAL Talent Show is offered. *On the Prinsendam. youth activities are offered for ages 5 to 17.
Club HAL® has an After Hours program available on all ships (except the Prinsendam), from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am. This special program costs $5 per child, per hour.
Holland America automatically applies a Hotel Service Charge of $11 per person per day to each person's shipboard account. This charge is paid to Holland America's crewmembers that service you throughout your cruise, including the dining room wait staff, room stewards, galley crew and laundry staff. You are free to adjust this charge (higher or lower) if you deem this as being appropriate. A 15% service charge is automatically added to all bar charges and dining room wine purchases.
The official minimum drinking age on all Holland America Eurodam cruises is 21 years of age. A corkage fee of $15 will be charged for wine and champagne brought to the restaurants or bars onboard the ship. Except for wine and champagne, alcoholic beverages purchased in the ship's shops, or brought onto the ship, cannot be consumed on the ship.
Guests must be at least 18 years old in order to gamble on a Eurodam cruise.