On Sunday, I stepped aboard Holland America Line’s Eurodam for a look at the fresh new innovations that were recently added to the ship. These include substantially refreshed suites and brand-new, Koningsdam-esque innovations that revolve around Holland America’s new Music Walk concept that has been created in conjunction with Lincoln Center and Billboard Onboard.
The results are truly fantastic. Eurodam has been left with a fresh, new look and vibrant new features that are not only exciting and entertaining, but also lovingly designed to highlight the best aspects of the Holland America Line cruise experience in a way that will appeal to the line’s loyal Mariners and new guests alike.
I mention loyal Mariners because I myself am one. I started cruising with the line long before I ever started writing about cruises professionally. In 2005, I discovered the Oosterdam on a quickie Pacific Northwest cruise from Vancouver to Seattle, and it began my love affair with the line that quickly evolved to taking one or two “dam-ship” cruises every year.
My late grandmother, though, was the one who truly got me hooked on Holland America – even before I was old enough to ever book a cruise. Together with her late husband, she’d sail to Alaska religiously nearly every year, on the old Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam of 1983 and 1984. Accordingly, I have old coffee mugs that still list the old Rotterdam on them. I have daily programs from the Nieuw Amsterdam’s June 1993 sailing to Alaska. And ones from 1995. And ones from 1997 …