Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Suites Are Getting Sweeter on Holland America Line

Koningsdam Signature Suite
When Holland America Line designed the soon-to-be-launched Koningsdam, they determined that her suites should set the standard of suite life for the entire fleet. As a result, the premium line is investing $40-million in enhancements to its top accommodations with new furnishings, d├ęcor, 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, followed by Nieuw Amsterdam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam, and Noordam. In addition, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Volendam, and Zaandam will receive the suite enhancements as they head into their scheduled dry docks over the next few years. First up, Eurodam is scheduled to go into refit Dec. 7-20, 2015, at Freeport, Bahamas, and Oosterdam will head into dry dock April 3-18, 2016, at Fincantieri’s yard at Palermo, Sicily.

Koningsdam Neptune Suite
The main living area in each suite will be refreshed with a new sofa, lounge chairs and desk chair. A stylish new headboard, new 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. New quartz stone tops on the desk, dresser, nightstands, and makeup vanity, along with new vanity lighting, enhance the transformation.

Electronic upgrades include a new USB outlet added to the bed’s headboard, bedside LED lights for late-night reading, upgraded electrical outlets, and my personal favorite—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.

Koningsdam Vista Suite
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, stylish floor tiles, as well as a nightlight which enables guests to easily find their way in the dark.

“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.“

More Suite Amenities for the Entire Fleet
Starting in January 2016, all suites across the fleet will receive new amenities to complement the strong offering of amenities that already includes priority embarkation, disembarkation, and tender service; 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. New additions feature a premium duvet, superior bathrobes and slippers, Bose docking station, binoculars for use during the voyage, complimentary mimosas with in-suite breakfast, and an in-suite coffee and espresso machine.

Images Courtesy Holland America Line

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