Holland America plans $300m overhaul

By ,   November 3, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

As part of a US$300-million fleet overhaul, Holland America Line (HAL) is planning improvements to its top rooms with new décor, furnishings, amenities and upgrades for all passenger suites on the line’s Vista, Signature and R-Class ships.

The first ships to undergo the brand development initiative will be ms Oosterdam and ms Eurodam, followed by ms Westerdam, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, ms Noordam and ms Zuiderdam.

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.

Eurodam is scheduled to go into refit from December 7th-20th 2015, at Freeport, Bahamas, and Oosterdam will head into dry dock from April 3rd-18th April, 2016, at Fincantieri’s yard at Palermo, Sicily.

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. A new quartz stone top on the desk, dresser, nightstands and dressing table, along with new vanity lighting, enhance the 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 new interactive television system is also set for installation, with complimentary movies on demand, as well as easy access to the daily programme and shipboard information including restaurant overviews, spa services and guest billing.

Suite bathrooms will also receive a makeover. A wall of designer glass tile serves as a backdrop to the new dressing area that includes new stone tops, modern taps 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. 

Starting in January 2016, all suites across the fleet will receive new amenities to complement the strong offering of amenities that already include priority embarkation, disembarkation and tender service; exclusive use of the Neptune Lounge for Neptune and Pinnacle 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.