Holland America’s (HAL) largest and newest ships, the 2,104 Eurodam was launched in 2008 and sister Nieuw Amsterdam two years later. Both are able, just barely, to transit the Panama Canal.
Entertainment venues include a three-deck showroom, plus a disco, casino, sports bar and Ocean bar at the top level of the three-deck atrium. The piano bar is one of the most popular night spots and options also include the mellow Explorer’s Lounge for drinks or coffees.
There’s a dedicated movie theater complete with popcorn and comfy leather seats, and the Crow’s Nest lounge at the top of the ship is a night club with live music at night. By day the Crow’s Nest opens up to the adjacent Explorations Café, where you can savor panoramic views from the Internet stations while sipping a cappuccino and nibbling on a cupcake or other pastries.
Staying on top of another trend — quiet adults-focused patch of sundeck — The Retreat sunning and relaxation area is located a deck above the activity of the main pool area. Aside from the standard chaise lounges for sunbathers, there are also 14 tented cabanas (plus 8 more by the Lido pool) for rent. The semi-private hideaways are equipped with iPods, Evian water, chilled grapes, fruit trays, champagne, and chocolate; plus light breakfasts and lunches are also provided for renters.
The ship’s Greenhouse Spa is well equipped and offers a hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite, while the fitness center is also state-of-the-art. Active types can play some basketball or volleyball up on the sports deck or exercise with a walk around the one-third-mile-long panoramic Promenade Deck.
Eight different places to eat include three new venues: the Pan-Asian Tamarind (where you can dig into delish dishes like wasabi-soy-crusted beef tenderloin and roasted Peking duck), the family Italian Canaletto (dinner only), and the 24-hour Slice pizzeria, adjacent to the Sea View pool aft of the Lido. Besides the grand main restaurant, there’s also the Pinnacle Grill and Lido buffet venue.
The first of the fleet’s Signature-class vessels, Eurodam features cabins on upper decks for the first time and introduced a collection of spa staterooms with special amenities, including aromatherapy bath salts, yoga mats, pedometers and a special healthy room-service menu with fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, egg white omelets and other items.
As on the rest of the fleet, standard outside cabins are a roomy 185 square feet and décor marries organic colors with wood veneers, nickel and stainless steel touches to create a modern look. All categories boast the line’s Signature of Excellence features, from Euro-top beds to Egyptian cotton towels, flatscreen TVs and DVD players, massaging shower heads, mini fridges, and Elemis toiletries.
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