Face lifts Afloat

There’s a whole lot of refurbishing going on in the cruise industry. Following on the heels of Princess Cruises complete remodel of the Grand Princess and Crystal Cruises mega million dollar nips and tucks of the Serenity, Holland America steps up to the plate with a full refurbishment of the Maasdam.

The Savvy Seafarer was among the inaugural guests on board when the Maasdam was  launched in 1994.  She’s cozy, comfy, 1258 passenger, 50,000 ton luxury liner with a rather homey feel.  The new look, completed at Freeport, Bahamas on April 24, includes updated furnishings and bathroom in staterooms, a new Italian restaurant called Canaletto which is offered free to passenger and new lounges: Showroom at Sea and Mix. Changes The $566 million refit also added 29 lanai staterooms and 16 spa staterooms to the ship.. “Maasdam is our fifth ship to receive these exciting enhancements,” said Richard Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “The ongoing Signature of Excellence program has touched all 15 Holland America ships in various ways and ensures that our fleet continues to evolve in premium amenities, programming, technologies and activities that our guests expect from Holland America Line.” Additions Canaletto, a complimentary casual Italian restaurant, was added to ms Maasdam and comes to life for dinner when a section of the Lido is transformed with glass partitions and an Italian ambiance with dishes such as putanesca and penne alla vodka. Although there is no charge to dine in Canaletto, reservations are suggested. Maasdam’s piano bar and casino bar were reconfigured into Mix, a multi-themed area with three separate bars: Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales, each serving its namesake libations. The casino was redesigned and the main show lounge was transformed into the Showroom at Sea with nightclub ambiance. The upscale Merabella luxury jewelry shop was added to the completely renovated mid-ship shopping area with its signature jewelry and watch boutiques. Other public areas around the ship also were refurbished and received new carpeting. In addition to Maasdam, these extensive public area Signature of Excellence enhancements can also be found on Veendam, ms Statendam, ms Rotterdam and ms Ryndam. Staterooms Receive New Look and New Spa Category Added Completing the decor enhancements, Maasdam’s staterooms received new carpeting, soft goods and completely renovated bathrooms with new vanities and cabinetry. Sixteen staterooms near the Greenhouse Spa on Verandah Deck were converted to “spa staterooms” featuring a variety of enhanced amenities. Spa accommodations offer exclusive items such as organic cotton bathrobes and slippers, a yoga mat, a soothing water feature, special room-service menus and treatments, and more. For more information, contact a professional travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit http://www.hollandamerica.com. Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 354 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. World’s Leading Cruise Lines Holland America sails under the umbrella of Carnival Cruise Lines which also owns Princess, Costa and Seabourn. HAL is also a member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines, http://www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.


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