Holland America's fabulous Eurodam


I’ve just returned from four days on Holland America Line’s new Eurodam, the first in a new “Signature” class of cruise ships for the line. Eurodam is larger than the last series of Holland America’s “Vista” class ships. Eurodam carries up to 2,104 passengers. That may seem like a lot, but it is amazing how much public space one has on a cruise ship, even when the ship is full. On a cruise, one never feels like there are that many people aboard with you, and you never encounter them at any one time, except perhaps when boarding or disembarking. Also, as other lines are now building ships of about 4,000 passengers, 2,000 seems quite reasonable.

Eurodam offers some new bells and whistles. First there’s Tamarind, a new pan-Asian fusion restaurant, offering Indoneisan rijsttafel, Chinese dim sum, and Japanese sushi among other delicacies. Staying with cuisine, there’s Canaletto for Italian as well as a Slice, a pizzeria offering numerous topping choices like artichokes, eggplant, shrimp and mussels. There’s a larger Pinnacle Grill featuring Sterling Silver steaks, Colorado lamb chops and seafood. Of course, there’s the main Rembrandt dining venue, the Lido and 24-hour room service. There is a charge to dine at Tamarind ($15) and Pinnacle Grill ($30).

Eurodam also premiers Holland America’s new spa staterooms. Located on the two decks above the Greenhouse spa, these staterooms include numerous amenities and touches like organic cotton robes and slippers, different “natural” decor, and tools for relaxation.