Eurodam Inaugural in Rotterdam

| July 4, 2008

CruiseMates' editor Paul Motter reports from the newly-presented Holland America ship Eurodam, just officially "named" in Rotterdam, Holland.

Eurodam Entertainment Eurodam has a sing-along piano bar, a sports bar (with several flat-screen TV monitors connected to satellite feeds), a karaoake bar and of course an expansive casino.

Piano Bar   Sports Bar   Casino

The main showroom is the best yet on a Holland America ship, with state-of-the-art theatrical stage effects like video screens and laser lights. In this showroom, Holland America has replaced the bench and coffee-table seating with true theater-style seating. The sight lines in the balcony are greatly improved over previous Holland America ships by replacing the brass and glass safety railings with deep but lower buttresses where one can easily see over the top.

Production Show   Show Theater -- Better Sight Lines   Show Theater with Box Seat (one each side, no charge)

The production shows are contemporary revues with talented singers and dancers and extensive costume changes. One of the shows on this voyage was "The Opera Babes," two young ladies equally gifted with classic soprano voices performing tradional opera pieces and more contemporary material. They sing with finesse adding a significant amount of harmony, some from the original scores and some invented. It is an interesting concept which they execute expertly. Another show was a tribute to Elton John by Jonathan Kane - not just the usual production show featuring his songs, but an entertainer who looks like and sings the songs of Elton John, like attending a concert by the original. It was a good show, especially for Elton John fans, and certainly a departure from the old Holland America presentations.

Children's Programs and Facilities Club HAL features extensive children's facilities, including a teen center with a DJ booth and dance floor, its own movie screen, an entire room filled with X-box video games and their own Internet café. The "tweens" (10-12) have their own space but also share some of the space with the teens. The youngest set has its own area with a separate movie theater, slides, toys and all kinds of supervised activities. Look for an update from Luisa, our Family Cruise Editor, soon.

Children's Hostess   Children's Playroom   Children's Movie Theater

Staterooms The cabins are just as enticing as the rest of this beautiful ship, with complimentary bathrobes, Elemis bath products, flat-screen televisions, and DVD players with movies available in the extensive Explorations Cafe (library, web cafe and reading room) powered by the New York Times.

Sizes vary from smaller inside cabins to expansive suites. All feature the line's "Signature of Excellence" enhancements such as extra-plush mattresses, Egyptian cotton towels, make-up mirrors, massage showers, fresh flowers and complimentary fruit.

Passenger staterooms include two Penthouse verandah suites of 1,000 sq. ft. and 318 sq. ft. verandahs. Deluxe suites vary from 380 to 570 sq. ft. A standard verandah suite is a very generous 300 sq. ft (at least one-third larger than the average cruise ship cabin). There are some larger than average inside staterooms of 255 sq. ft. as well as the standard 175 sq. ft.

There are a number of Concierge-class staterooms whose occupants get exclusive access to the private Neptune's Lounge, which offers free coffee, pastries, DVD movies (for in-suite viewing) and concierge services such as making shore excursion and restaurant reservations for the guest.

Concierge Suite   Aqua Suite with Fountain and iPod Player   Ocean Bar

On the top deck near the Retreat and the Greenhouse Spa are 56 luxury verandah Spa Suites. These suites are smaller than the average verandah stateroom, with smaller balconies as well, but they feature organic bathrobes, a selection of flavored mineral waters, a constantly flowing water fountain and a Bose docking station for playing music from an iPod. There is a special breakfast spa menu with fresh-squeezed juices and organic muffins. Special night-time chocolates are infused with relaxing herbs.

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