A variety of new concepts have been installed onto Holland America Line’s Signature-class ship MS Eurodam after a scheduled two-week drydock refurbishment in the Bahamas, including new dining, bars and entertainment amenities – all part of a previously announced US$300 million series of upgrades rolling out across the fleet over a number of years.
Most of the new features and facilities are being built as the baseline offering on the line’s forthcoming new ships MS Koningsdam, launching in April, and its as-yet-unnamed sister ship coming in November 2018.
Among the upgrades now onboard Eurodam include Lincoln Centre Stage, a venue which houses the daily orchestra ensemble performing for guests. In addition, Billboard Onboard has been added to the ship, showcasing popular pop hits from the past 50 years as presented by live musicians including two pianists, one guitarist and a DJ taking guests back through music history. The new themed venues complement the existing B.B King’s Blues Club facility and adds to an already strong line-up of musical entertainment.
Refurbishment works carried out on the dining department include the installation of the new Gallery Bar, which will offer the newly announced range of creative and exclusive cocktails designed by Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff (read more HERE). HAL President Orlando Ashford said the line was always working to develop new concepts for its guests to enjoy. Gallery Bar will be retrospectively fitted to at least five more ships before May 2018.
“Gallery Bar is a completely new venue for us, and several other enhancements are just starting to make their way onto the fleet, so it’s exciting that our guests are finally able to experience them all together for the first time on Eurodam,” Ashford said.
The former Lido buffet has been transformed into the Lido Market, which now offers different cuisines across separate themed stations including baked breads and pastries, personalised salads, comfort foods, international flavours, desserts and freshly brewed coffees and teas. In addition, the former Slice pizzeria has been revamped into New York Pizza, offering five different traditional thin-crust pizzas which also serves salads and desserts.
Staterooms have also been improved with new carpets, wall coverings and furniture including bedside reading lights. A number of technology enhancements has seen bed headboards fitted with a USB outlet for guests to charge personal devices. Complementary in-room movies are now available on new interactive televisions installed throughout the ship, also offering the daily program and ship information. In bathrooms, designer glass tiles have been installed, while a subtle nightlight to improve middle-of-the-nighr vision has also been added.