Friday, May 27, 2011

Holland America Line's ms Maasdam Completes Upgrades

Holland America Line's ms Maasdam is better than ever after recently completing a stem-to-stern, multimillion-dollar Signature of Excellence dry dock at Freeport, Bahamas.

Canaletto, a casual Italian restaurant serving dishes such as putanesca and penne alla vodka, comes to life for dinner when a section of the Lido Restaurant is transformed with glass partitions and an Italian ambiance. Although there is no charge to dine in Canaletto, reservations are suggested.

Maasdam's piano bar and casino bar were reconfigured into Mix, a multi-themed area with three separate bars: Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales, each serving its namesake libations. The casino was redesigned and the main show lounge was transformed into the Showroom at Sea with nightclub ambiance.

The upscale Merabella luxury jewelry shop was added to the completely renovated mid-ship shopping area with its signature jewelry and watch boutiques. Other public areas around the ship also were refurbished and received new carpeting.

To complete the enhancements, Maasdam's staterooms received new carpeting, soft goods, and completely renovated bathrooms with new vanities and cabinetry. Sixteen staterooms near the Greenhouse Spa on Verandah Deck were converted to "spa staterooms" featuring a variety of spa-style amenities such as organic cotton bathrobes and slippers, a yoga mat, a soothing water feature, special room-service menus and treatments, and more.

In addition to Maasdam, the extensive public area Signature of Excellence enhancements can also be found on Veendam, ms Statendam, ms Rotterdam, and ms Ryndam. The industry-leading Signature of Excellence initiative is an ongoing and comprehensive program that touches every aspect of the Holland America Line experience and the investment now exceeds $566 million. Signature of Excellence features and amenities offer more luxurious accommodations, enhanced dining experiences, more enriching activities, and exceptional levels of service. For more information, visit

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