Ah the suite life. Passengers who prefer to go top cabin will find significant improvements to the suite life on Holland America. The Seattle, Washington-based cruise line is embarking on a $300-million refurbishment that will add new furnishings, amenities and designs in suites on the line’s Signature-, Vista- and R-Class ships. The first enhancements will debut on board the ms Eurodam and ms Oosterdam, followed by ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Westerdam, ms Zuiderdam and ms Noordam. Additionally, ms Amsterdam, ms Rotterdam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam will receive the suite enhancements as they head into their scheduled dry docks over the next few years.
The Eurodam is scheduled for her face-life Dec. 7-20, 2015, at Freeport, Bahamas, while the Oosterdam heads to dry dock April 3-18, 2016, at Fincantieri’s yard at Palermo, Sicily. “Our suites are the epitome of luxury and pampering, and the new amenities and upgrades will ensure that our suite guests will continue to enjoy the finest in cruise accommodations,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “We have an ongoing program in place to keep our ships looking fresh, but dry-docking gives us an opportunity to take enhancements to the next level to ensure we deliver the elements that make up the Holland America Line cruise experience.“
Upgraded suites will boast a lively contemporary feel with new touches such as privacy curtains, draperies, bed runners and bed skirts. A new quartz stone top on the desk, dresser, nightstands and makeup vanity, along with new vanity lighting, enhance the cosmetic transformation. Passengers who stay connected on the Internet will appreciate the addition of USB outlets near the bed’s headboard. There will also be bedside LED lights that facilitate late-night reading, upgraded electrical outlets and a lighted closet rod that makes it easy to select the day’s attire. A fully new interactive television system also is set for installation, with complimentary movies on demand, as well as easy access to the daily program and shipboard information including restaurant overviews, spa services and guest billing.
Bathrooms are also getting a makeover highlighted by a wall of designer glass tile serves as a backdrop to a new vanity area that includes stone tops, modern faucets and under-mount sinks. Other improvements include new contemporary mirrors with integrated side-by-side LED lighting, stylish floor tiles, as well as a nightlight which enables guests to easily find their way in the dark.
Passengers booking suites will get the usual priority embarkation and disembarkation privileges plus exclusive use of the Neptune Lounge for Pinnacle and Neptune Suite guests; private breakfast service in the Pinnacle Grill; and complimentary laundry and dry cleaning services. Other amenities will include superior bathrobes and slippers, a Bose docking station, binoculars for use during the voyage, complimentary mimosas with in-suite breakfast and an in-suite coffee and espresso machine for the caffeine crowd.
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