Cruise Ship Profiles
Ship specifications, photos, itineraries, accommodations, dining venues, notable rooms, activities, children's areas, deck plan, enhancements, incidents, accidents and more.
2014 Hurricane Season Summary
Posted December 1, 2014
The National Hurricane Center reports below average activity this season with 8 named storms, of which 6 became hurricanes, and two of those hurricanes were major storms. Strong wind shear, dry descending air throughout the Atlantic and fewer tropical waves coming off the African coast due to a below average monsoon season in Africa can be attributed to a quiet season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 - November 30.
We can't say the same for the Eastern Pacific...the 2014 season was extremely active with 20 named storms, of which 14 became hurricanes, and 8 of those reached major hurricane strength. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 - November 30.
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HAL & Seabourn Named Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute
posted April 22, 2014
For the third consecutive year, Holland America Line, together with sister line Seabourn, was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, a leading business ethics think-tank. The company secured its spot on the list by implementing and maintaining business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to company success and benefit the community. Read more...
Summary for 2014
Eastern Caribbean Nov-Apr, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a variety of 7-day and 14-day itineraries.
Europe, April-Aug, sailing from various ports including: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Amsterdam, Netherlands, Stockholm, Sweden. Itineraries range from 6-day to 31-day cruises.
Baltic Cruises begin in June and sail through the summer with itineraries ranging from 6-days to 19-day sailings.
In September, the Eurodam sails from New York and Quebec City with fall Canada and New England 10-day itineraries.
See www.hollandamerica.com for specific itineraries.
updated December 2013
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2009 Rating 100 (Apr)
2009 Rating 100 (Nov)
2010 Rating 98 (Mar)
2010 Rating 97 (Oct)
2011 Rating 96 (Mar)
2011 Rating 100 (Oct)
2012 Rating 100 (Mar)
2013 Rating 100 (Jan)
2013 Rating 100 (Sep)
2013 Rating 100 (Nov)
2014 Rating 100 (Feb)
Crow's Nest, Explorations Cafe, Passenger Staterooms, Retreat (forward), Silk Den, Tamarind Restaurant, Volleyball and Basketball Court
Passenger Staterooms, Club HAL, The Loft, Game Room
Fitness Center, Spa, Salon, Hydro Pool, Lido Pool, Lido Bar, Terrance Grill, Canaletto Restaurant, Lido Restaurant, Sea View Pool and Bar
Nautical Bridge, Passenger Staterooms
Passenger Staterooms, Concierge, Neptune Lounge
Upper Verandah Deck
Upper Promenade Deck
The Mainstage (balcony), Meeting Rooms, Screening Room, Photo Gallery, Boutiques, Ocean Bar, Upper Rembrandt Dining Room
Lower Promenade Deck
The Mainstage (balcony), Casino, Sports Bar, Piano Bar, The Northern Lights, Queen's Lounge & Culinary Arts Center, Pinnacle Grill, Pinnacle Bar, Art Gallery, Explorer's Lounge, King's Room, Lower Rembrandt Dining Room
The Mainstage Show Lounge, Atrium, Atrium Bar, Front Office, Shore Excursion Desk, Passenger Staterooms
Your own private oasis located high above the rest...the exclusive Retreat cabanas are the ultimate place to relax surrounded by healthy refreshments and luxurious amenities. Private cabanas are available to reserve by the day or by the cruise. Available on two decks, they are tastefully decorated, filled with amenities and provide an exquisite poolside retreat.
The ms Eurodam marks Holland America Line's new Signature-class ships. The ms Eurodam furthers the evolution of sophisticated mid-sized ships with 11 passenger decks, a new topside Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge surrounded by panoramic views, an Explorer's Lounge bar, a new Italian restaurant adjacent to the Lido, elegant luxury jewelry boutique, new atrium bar area, an enhanced and reconfigured show lounge and a new photographic and imaging center. On the technical side, the ms Eurodam features the latest state-of-the-art navigation and safety systems. The ship is powered by six diesel generators and propelled by the latest Azipod® propulsion technology.
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Ship Class: Signature
Length: 936 ft.
Draft: 26 ft.
Speed: 24 Knots
All staterooms feature the Mariner Dream Bed with premium plush Euro-top mattress and high-quality cotton bed linens, flat-screen TVs and bathroom enhancements ranging from deluxe bathrobes to lighted, magnifying make-up mirrors.
All suites include comfortable bed duvets, fully-stocked mini-bars, VCR/DVD players with access to an extensive video/DVD library, personalized stationery and use of the exclusive concierge-staffed Neptune Lounge.
Lanai staterooms feature doors that open directly onto the walk-around promenade, while Spa staterooms located near the Greenhouse Spa offer exclusive amenities such as an organic cotton bathrobe and slippers, yoga mat, water fountain, special room service menus and treatments, and more.
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|Verandah||213-379||Sq. ft. w/veranda|
|Suite||273-1357||Sq. ft. w/veranda|
Interior staterooms have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, a standing shower, ice service, nightly turn down service, and complimentary fruit upon request.
Large or standard ocean view staterooms have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, a standing shower, ice service, nightly turn down service, and complimentary fruit upon request. Different categories of rooms contain different window arrangements, from picture windows, to portholes, or obstructed view window.
Verandah Suites have two lower beds convertible into one queen bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, a private verandah, mini-bar, and fresh flowers.
Signature Suites have 2 lower beds that convert into 1 queen bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, a dual vanity, shower with an additional shower stall, a large sitting area, a private verandah, mini-bar, one sofa bed for one person, and fresh flowers. Amenities include one-touch concierge service, a variety of pillows, personalized cruise stationary, oversized bath towels, and complimentary DVD library.
Neptune Suites have 2 lower beds that convert into 1 king bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, whirlpool bath and shower, a large sitting area, a private verandah, mini-bar, one sofa bed for two persons, and fresh flowers. Amenities include use of the Neptune personal concierge service, complimentary laundry, complimentary bottled water, corsages and boutounerries on the first formal night, cold hors d'oeuvres served before dinner upon request,and a cocktail party with the ship's officers. Special disembarkation service is provided, as is priority boarding for tenders and priority dinner seating requests. Guests in Neptune Suites also can access the exclusive Neptune Lounge.
Pinnacle Suite (Penthouse)
Pinnacles Suites have 1 king bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized whirlpool bath and shower, a large living room, dining room, dressing room, a guest toilet, and a private verandah. Other suite features include a microwave, a mini-bar, private stereo system, one sofa bed for two persons, and fresh flowers. Amenities include use of the Neptune personal concierge service, complimentary laundry, complimentary bottled water, corsages and boutounerries on the first formal night, cold hors d'oeuvres served before dinner upon request,and a cocktail party with the ship's officers. Special disembarkation service is provided, as is priority boarding for tenders and priority dinner seating requests. Guests in Pinnacle Suites also can access the exclusive Neptune Lounge.
$=Specialty restaurant, surcharge applies
Main Dining Room
Two level Rembrandt Dining Room. One level of the restaurant offers a flexible/open dining service from 5:15 to 9 p.m. daily, and the other hosts two seatings, an early seating at 5:45 p.m. and main seating at 8 p.m. Guests selecting flexible open seating may make reservations daily during a cruise up to 4 p.m. or simply walk up anytime during dining hours.
Main buffet with several made-to-order stations serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Kid-friendly menus including tacos, hamburgers, and hot dogs on the pool deck.
Tamarind Restaurant & Silk Den Lounge ($)
A Pan-Asian restaurant and lounge recently noted for its "cuisine that rivals the top restaurants on land" by Condé Nast Traveler, Tamarind is located on the uppermost deck, providing stunning panoramic views port and starboard. Lunch is complimentary but dinner comes with a $20 per person surcharge.
Pinnacle Grill ($)
A premium dining experience with Bulgari China, Riedel stemware, and high-end sterling silver tableware. Courses include premium Double R Ranch beef and fresh seafood complimented by a Wine Spectator "Excellent" awarded wine list. A $29 per person surcharge applies. On every voyage, the Pinnacle Grill offers "An Evening at Le Cirque" for a unique taste of Sirio Maccioni’s legendary New York restaurant. The price to dine is $49.00 per adult, per evening.
Special De Librije Menu ($)
Featuring the cuisine of Culinary Council member and Michelin Star Chef Jonnie Boer and named after Boer’s restaurant in the Netherlands, the menu showcases a selection of starters, soups, entrees and desserts from De Librije.
Once per cruise the Pinnacle Grill will be transformed into De Librije. The service staff will wear the livery uniforms and tables will replicate that of the land-based eatery. The wine list will highlight a selection of labels from the Lady De Librije collection.
The five-course menu starts with North Sea Scallops served to all diners. From there, guests can select among three appetizers, two soups, four entrees and three desserts. The tantalizing dishes include Oysters on the Beach with foie gras, oysters and micro greens; Chilled Tomato Gazpacho with black olive and celeriac mousse; Venison Loin and Beef Tenderloin with bulgur wheat and smoked olive oil foam; Duo of Lamb Loin and Crusted Lamb Neck with lentil sprouts, watercress, carrot coulis and lamb jus reduction; Deconstructed Apple Pie with vanilla gelato and Chantilly-style cream, and Rice Chocolate Stones with tuile and strawberries. A $69 per person surcharge applies.
Canaletto is your destination onboard for an intimate Italian dinner. The evening begins with the chef’s selection of antipasti with a taste of the delicious fare and personal, polished service to follow. Lunch is complimentary, but dinner is $10 per person.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24 hours a day.
Main Stage Theater
Main showroom features talented vocalists, dancers, illusionists, comedy acts.
Lounge with panoramic views offers music and dancing.
The pianist invites you to join in the fun as they rock the room nightly.
Coffees, drinks and liqueurs are served to the classical sounds of the Adagio Strings.
Culinary Arts Center features state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen for gourmet presentations, tasting events and intimate cooking classes
The Northern Lights
A jiving dance club.
A full feature casino with slots, cards, roulette and more.
An onboard movie cinema for catching your favorite movies at sea.
A comfortable, coffee house environment where you can browse through an extensive library, surf the Internet and check email or simply read the morning paper.
Features sweeping 270° views during the day, and a hip, fashionable nightclub each evening.
Club HAL® - Kids
Children, ages 3-7, can participate in such activities as story telling, fabric painting, indoor games, ship tours, arts and crafts, charades, Uno®, drawing contests, ice-cream sundae parties, bingo or a farewell pizza party. A colorful, expanded playroom with art tables, big-screen TV, puzzles and games (children must be potty-trained in this area - no pull-ups).
Club HAL® - Tweens
Tweens, ages 8-12 might learn golf putting, have disco parties and theme parties, participate in the award-winning National Park Service Jr. Ranger Program on Alaska cruises, compete in on-deck sports events, compete in scavenger hunts or simply play Ping-Pong with a friend.
The Loft and The Oasis
Teens, ages 13-17 will especially enjoy the teen disco, dance lessons, video games, teen sports tournaments, card games, trivia contests, bingo, movies and videos.
Follow a special passageway upstairs from the Loft to find the private entrance to The Oasis, a secluded teens-only sun deck. There is plenty of space to relax and socialize, as well as comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks, a nine-foot high water fall, cave and wade pool to cool off from the sun, and a state-of-the-art sound system.
Club HAL® After Hours is available on all ships (except the ms Prinsendam) from 10:00pm - 12:00am. The fee is $5 per child, per hour. Parents must pick up their children on time or a late fee is charged. For babysitting outside of the hours offered in Club HAL, guests may check at the Front Office to schedule this service provided by staff on a voluntary basis only.