5 More Reasons to Cruise on ms Eurodam
Holland America Line Has Enhanced the Classic ms Eurodam
Just back from a December 2015 makeover in dry dock, Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam gives us even more reasons to love the classic ship. We got the tour the newly refurbished ship on March 13 in Fort Lauderdale, an exclusive unveiling hosted by executives from the cruise line, including President Orlando Ashford.
The enhancements will be rolled out to the rest of the fleet over the next several years. Here’s what you can try right now on Eurodam:
1. Even sweeter suites. The main living area in each suite has new furniture, carpet, wall coverings and bedding, with a refreshed vanity area in the bathroom (it's also a generous size, which we swooned over for a while). Lots of tech goodies, too, like a USB outlet in the bed’s headboard and a large LED flat-screen TV connected to a new interactive television system; you can enjoy complimentary movies on demand, watch digital daily programs, check your bill and get extensive shipboard information. Stay in the Pinnacle or Neptune suite (pictured below) and you also get a Bose Bluetooth speaker.
2. More music choices. Holland America already stands out with its B.B. King’s Blues Club, but the Music Walk program adds two more exclusive partnerships lending top names to the playlist. Billboard Onboard features live musicians performing dynamic shows inspired by giants of the music industry as chronicled by Billboard. Between sets, you can sing and play along with trivia questions presented on screens throughout the room. Lincoln Center Stage showcases an ensemble of world-class musicians performing multiple chamber music programs nightly and in the afternoons on sea days.
It really is a walk through musical history. At the debut, we heard Brahms at Lincoln Center, Sam & Dave at B.B. King’s, Queen at Billboard Onboard and, also at Lincoln Center, Radiohead. Yes, Radiohead played by a chamber ensemble. You’re in for a treat.
3. A great gathering spot. Eurodam has the line’s first Gallery Bar, a sophisticated spot serving cocktails designed by none other than celebrity mixologist Dale DeGroff. Replacing the Northern Lights disco, the bar offers cozy seating areas and engaging artwork on the walls — which some guests have even tried to purchase, Ashford told us. It’s the perfect place to meet friends and plan your evening’s adventures.
The unveiling featured luscious appetizers from Rudi Sodamin’s Culinary Council of top chefs. We also enjoyed libations from De Groff, known as King Cocktail for his pioneering way with creative libations. We chose his Gallery Gimlet and, being ever-so-responsible, just had a sip of his Slightly Less than Perfect Manhattan. All we can say is, what then does perfect taste like?
4. Tasty transformation. Every ship has a casual buffet on the lido deck, right? So does Eurodam, but few others are like this one. The new version is a marketplace with different themed stations. Choices include specialty stations such as Breadboard, Wild Harvest, Homestead, Distant Lands, Market Central, Perk and Sweet Spot. You can still get tableside service of coffee, juices, water and iced tea, and in the evening you’ll find tables set with placemats, glassware and cutlery.
5. More pizza. Need we say more? And it's not just any pizza, but New York Pizza. The new eatery offers five Big Apple-themed thin-crust personal pizzas, made to order in less than 10 minutes. Choose your toppings from an extensive list. After ordering, you’ll get a pager to alert you when your pie is ready. Salad is also available, and afterwards the pizzeria offers a few sweet desserts to top off the meal.
The story continues. Holland America is justifiably proud of the new enhancements, but Ashford says it’s just a matter of “taking what we’re always done and making it just a little bit better. The Holland America story is about fun, classic cruising and enriching destinations.”
This is far from the story’s ending, but it’s definitely happy.