Posted on Monday, June 30, 2008 by Peter Knego
Updated and amended: July 8, 2008
Holland America Line
936 by 105.8 feet
Propulsion Machinery: Four 12-cylinder V-type and two 8 cylinder in-line MaK turbocharged, fuel-injected diesels
Builders: Fincantieri, Marghera (near Venice), Yard Number 6149
Registry: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Holland America Line’s MV EURODAM is an expanded version of the company’s successful Vista Class series of ship (ZUIDERDAM, OOSTERDAM, WESTERDAM, and NOORDAM) which is based on parent company, Carnival Corporation’s common platform CARNIVAL LEGEND series of ships. The platform also includes Costa’s COSTA ATLANTICA and MEDITERRANEA, P&O;’s ARCADIA, and Cunard’s QUEEN VICTORIA, all of which share similar or identical hull and machinery, albeit with different layouts and decor.
The EURODAM differs from her Vista Class Holland America sisters by having an extra deck, new restaurants and an increased passenger capacity of 2,106 versus 1916. Her appearance is thus a bit more “muscular” with an extended forward Deck 5 and nearly vertical aft superstructure crowned by “islands” atop the bridge and at the base of the funnels.
Once completed by her Venetian builders, she sailed for Southampton where she was viewed by members of the travel community and media before proceeding to Rotterdam for a gala christening by Holland’s Queen Beatrix on July 1, 2008 and a three night cruise to Copenhagen, where she officially began her ten night maiden voyage to the Baltic on July 5, 2008.
EURODAM will be joined in 2010 by an as of yet unnamed identical sister ship, currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard.
All photos by and copyright Peter Knego 2008. Please click on image to see larger version.
EURODAM’s ten passenger decks begin at the top with Deck 12, the forward portion of which features a large sunning and observation area four decks above the wheelhouse, stretching along either side of the mast housing to overlook the midships pool area.
Midships Deck 12 begins aft of the pool area and, like the forward portion, is sheltered by full length glass panels. Steps on either side lead down to Deck 11.
DECK 11/OBSERVATION DECK
Forward Deck 11 begins with the 165 capacity Crow’s Nest Bar with an alcove on the port side, a circular bar in the center of the room and a panorama of windows that stretch along the port side and across the forward portion of the room, adjoining the 113 seat Explorations Cafe, a coffee bar and panoramic library on the starboard side.
Ten Deluxe Verandah Outside Spa cabins (with scalloped French balconies) follow, leading to the Retreat, a private alcove with fourteen cabanas that is available to guests for a surcharge ($45 in port/$75 at sea). The Retreat is an entirely new concept for HAL, taking its cue from the popular Sanctuaries on board the latest Princess ships. In addition to the cabanas on Deck 11, there are eight surrounding the midships pool ($30 in port/$50 at sea).
Midships Deck 11 begins with the 52 seat Silk Den, a panoramic bar and lounge overlooking the midships pool area. In addition to spectacular views, it features curtained alcoves along its inner perimeter, allowing guests to mingle and converse with a certain degree of privacy. The handsome, modern Asiatic decor by Finland-based architects, Yran and Storbraten, represents a major departure from HAL’s established shipboard look by Utrecht-based architects, VFD.
The Silk Den is followed by the 142 seat Tamarind Restaurant, an entirely new extra tariff venue also designed by Yran and Storbraaten. Airy gold, walnut, and beige tones combined with sleek, understated forms to create one of the most handsome spaces on any Holland America ship.
Aft of the Tamarind, the exterior stairs from Deck 12 lead to a terrace continuing beyond the twin funnels to a Sports Court overlooking the stern. Another staircase leads down to Deck 10/Panorama Deck.
The netted Sports Deck features volleyball and basketball courts and overlooks the stern pool area.
DECK 10/PANORAMA DECK
A series of Deluxe Spa Staterooms begins Deck 10/Observation Deck, continuing along either side of the Magrodome with open air promenades that stretch past the pool to a terrace overlooking the stern. Aft of the pools, the interior portion of Deck 10 includes the 80 capacity Club HAL children’s and teen center.
DECK 9/LIDO DECK
The excellent gym, the largest to date on an HAL ship, fronts Deck 9/Lido Deck. It features elliptical machines and treadmills with a forward-facing view, free weights and various weight stations as well as an aerobics training area.
On the port side, Mandara Spa treatment rooms continue aft to the beauty salon, while on the starboard side, there is a relaxation room, a thermal suite, men’s and women’s locker spaces. A hydrotherapy pool is in the aft/center portion of the spa, adjoining the midships pool area.
The EURODAM’s Deck 9 midships Magrodome-enclosed pool area features a fountain sculpture etched with the word “water” in multiple languages. Six more cabanas are located along the forward portion of the pool while the aft port corner houses the Lido Bar and the aft starboard corner contains the Terrace Grill.
The 470 capacity Lido Restaurant continues aft along either side of Deck 9 offering panoramic views through full length windows. Yran and Storbraaten’s bright but restrained decor gives it an open and sophisticated look.
The forward port portion of the Lido becomes the 69 seat Italian eatery Canaletto’s at night, offering fine Italian food. At this point, it is a non-tariff dining venue but usually requires reservations to secure seating. The rest of the Lido is divided into various serving stations, from a Salad Bar, Sandwich Bar and Pasta station to desserts and ice cream.
An alfresco pizzeria, Slices, is a new 24/7 eatery exclusive to EURODAM. Here, pizzas can be made to order. The Seaview Bar adjoins Slices under the shelter of a canopy.
The second of EURODAM’s two pools, the Sea View Pool, completes Deck 9/Lido Deck.
DECK 8/NAVIGATION DECK
Aft of the wheelhouse, Deck 8/Navigation Deck is devoted to accommodation, ranging from Deluxe Verandah Outside Staterooms to Insides.
DECK 7/ROTTERDAM DECK
Deck 7 begins with the first of EURODAM’s three open forward-fa
cing terraces, an excellent vantage while the ship is entering or leaving port.
Some of the ship’s finest accommodation is here, from the 1000 square foot Penthouse Suites to Deluxe and Superior Verandah Suites, all served by the 30 seat Neptune’s concierge lounge. Other accommodation on this deck includes more standard Deluxe Verandah Outside Staterooms and Insides.
DECK 6/UPPER VERANDAH DECK
Another terrace fronts this level, which contains a range of staterooms from Deluxe Verandah Suites to Insides.
DECK 5/VERANDAH DECK
Exclusive to EURODAM in the HAL fleet is the wonderful open foredeck on Deck 5/VERANDAH DECK, which offers an excellent and spacious platform from which to watch the world drift by. The rest of this level is inhabited by Deluxe Verandah Outside Staterooms and Insides.
DECK 4/UPPER PROMENADE DECK
Deck 4/Upper Promenade Deck is where the ship’s actual fo’c’sle head is, a space not open for passengers. Within, there is accommodation, including Deluxe Verandah, Ocean View and Inside staterooms.
DECK 3/PROMENADE DECK
Deck3/Promenade Deck is encircled by a wonderful teak promenade with large alcoves of traditionally-styled wooden deck chairs.
Internally, Deck 3 begins with the upper level of the 890 seat, three deck Mainstage Show Lounge. It resembles the show lounges on most HAL ships with decor and layout by VFD. High tech sound and lights work with a descending orchestra pit platform and an elevating/revolving stage to enhance the ship’s big production shows.
A conference center begins aft of the Mainstage with meeting rooms and a small theater. The theater, the 36 seat Screening Room, is located on the starboard side.
The 50 seat Henry Hudson and 25 seat Half Moon meeting rooms are across the way on the port side.
A third meeting room, the 30 seat Digital Workshop, can be merged with the Henry Hudson and Half Room meeting rooms to accommodate larger groups. The Digital Workshop is used for HAL’s popular “Digital Workshop Powered By Microsoft Windows” courses.
The shopping begins with Merabella on the starboard side, a crescent-shaped room containing high end jewelry.
A large shopping arcade continues on either side of an open midships passage, containing logo wear, souvenirs and sundries.
The EURODAM’s three deck Atrium is surrounded on three sides by the Ocean Bar on its uppermost Promenade Deck level. The ceiling fixture is a fiberoptic back-lit floral sculpture by VFD that changes colors throughout the day and evening. A green glass staircase is the functional focal point of the space.
Every HAL ship has an Ocean Bar. On EURODAM, the 150 seat room has been opened up with the bar in the aft port corner (as
opposed to a long bar alcove on the starboard side).
With the ship’s galley occupying the port side of Promenade Deck, a passage along the starboard side serves as the Photo Gallery.
The upper portion of the two level 1,114 seat Rembrandt Dining Room wraps up the public spaces on Promenade Deck.
DECK 2/LOWER PROMENADE DECK
On the starboard side, the first Casino-adjacent bar is the 65 seat Piano Bar.
The 42 seat Sports Bar, featuring memorabilia from Joe DiMaggio, is just aft of the Piano Bar in the Casino area.
The 46 seat Northern Lights Disco and Bar are located on the aft/port side of the Casino, on a tangent with the Queen’s Lounge/Culinary Arts Center on the starboard side.
The 166 seat Queen’s Lounge/Culinary Arts Center is a crescent-shaped room with its own bar. It is a multifunctional space serving as a lounge, cabaret show room and culinary theater with kitchen and LED screen displays.
The Lower Promenade Deck level of the Atrium follows the Queen’s Lounge.
The extra tariff 140 seat Pinnacle Grill surrounds the port and aft sides of the Atrium.
The 36 seat Pinnacle Bar is located on the starboard side of the Atrium.
The starboard passage leading aft on Lower Promenade Deck is also home to the ship’s Art Gallery.
Another Holland America tradition is the Explorer’s Lounge, which is on the starboard side. The 55 capacity venue begins forward with the 15 seat Explorer’s Bar. This room is a popular space for pre and after dinner drinks due to its proximity to the Rembrandt Dining Room.
The 35 seat King’s Room can be reserved for special functions. It is a private alcove just forward of the lower level of the Rembrandt Dining Room.
DECK 1/MAIN DECK
Main Deck begins with the lower level of the Mainstage and continues aft with a large block of Outside and Inside cabins. At the base of the Atrium, there is the Atrium Bar.
On the port side of the Atrium, there is the Front Office and on the starboard side, the Shore Excursions Office.
Updated and Amended: July 8, 2008