Holland America cruise line is spiffing up its top suites aboard 10 of its ships in the next couple of years. It’s part of the line’s $300 million brand enhancement project and will bring new furnishings, décor, amenities and upgrades for all suites on the line’s Signature-, Vista- and R-Class ships.
The first ships to undergo the suite transformation will be Eurodam and Oosterdam, in December 2016 and April 2016, respectively, followed by Nieuw Amsterdam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam and Noordam. Additionally, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Volendam and Zaandam will receive the suite enhancements as they head into their scheduled dry docks over the next few years.
“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,” says 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.“
The main living area in each suite will be refreshed with a new sofa, lounge chairs and desk chair. Holland America says new headboards, carpet and wall coverings will bring a contemporary feel to the suites, while new soft goods — including a privacy curtain, drapery, bed runner and bed skirt — add a touch of elegance. A new quartz stone top on the desk, dresser, nightstands and makeup vanity, along with new vanity lighting, enhance the cosmetic transformation.
Electronic upgrades include a new USB outlet added to the bed’s headboard, 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.
Suite bathrooms also will receive a makeover. A wall of designer glass tile serves as a backdrop to the new vanity area that includes new stone tops, modern faucets and under-mount sinks. Other enhancements include new contemporary mirrors with integrated side-by-side LED lighting, floor tiles, as well as a nightlight which enables guests to easily find their way in the dark.
The cruise line last week announced a series of new partnerships with, among others, BBC Earth, that will bring new educational and cultural programming to its ships.