Entering service in July 2008, Eurodam was named by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands. Eurodam is a medium-size cruise ship of Holland America's Signature class. Her sister ship is Nieuw Amsterdam. The Signature class is essentially an improved and slightly enlarged version of the Vista class of HAL and P&O Cruises. Thus, Eurodam is also related to that family of ships. (See our introduction to the Vista class).
Eurodam has two additional decks beyond the Vista ships. The additional size was used to give Eurodam several additional features including the Tamarind Asian-fusion specialty restaurant, Spa suites and staterooms and The Retreat, a secluded area on the top deck populated with luxury cabanas. In addition, Eurodam incorporated all of the concepts developed during HAL's Signature of Excellence initiative - - a $425 million enhancement of HAl's existing fleet. While some of these features have been retrofitted into the Vista ships, they were developed with Eurodam in mind.
The overall interior design of Eurodam is modern and contemporary. However, intermixed with the information age decor is traditional Western and Asian art. As is typical with HAL ships, the art collection is high quality. The ship's interior colors tend to be subdued earth tones with fresh flowers here and there for contrast.
Passengers on Eurodam tend to be sophisticated and well-educated. The age group on HAL's larger ships tends to be slightly younger than on its smaller ships. In addition, there has been an attempt to reach out to families. For example, the new Canaletto restaurant offers an informal venue for family dining.
Above: A crystal-like sculpture hangs from the ceiling of Eurodam's Atrium.
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