Holland America Line launched the ms Eurodam in 2008 and upgraded and refurbished the cruise ship during a dry dock in December 2015. Don't we all wish we could have a makeover every 8 years? Many of these changes have already been incorporated into Holland America's newest ship, the ms Koningsdam. Other Holland America cruise ships are receiving these refurbishments and upgrades from 2016-2018 as part of a $300 million investment the company is making to the entire fleet.
As shown on the following pages, Holland America Line added a gorgeous new bar, new dining options, exciting new entertainment venues, and upgrades to some of the suites on the Eurodam.
Upgrades on the Holland America Eurodam Cruise Ship
One of the biggest changes to the Eurodam is the new Gallery Bar next to the Casino. This sophisticated bar replaces the Northern Lights disco and bar. As its name suggests, the Gallery Bar is decorated with an interesting mix of artwork of many different styles. The bar has an exclusive cocktail menu designed by celebrity mixologist Dale DeGroff, and this whimsical design and relaxing atmosphere is a great new addition to the Eurodam.
New Dining Options on the Eurodam
New York Pizza
Guests on the Eurodam cruise ship can enjoy five thin-crust personal pizzas, all with a New York theme. The pizzas are made to order in 10 minutes, and guests can also choose their own toppings from an extensive list. While they are waiting, guests are provided a pager that alerts them when the pizza is ready.
The traditional Holland America buffet has been transformed into a new Lido Market on the Eurodam, The Lido Market has many different themed stations with foods and dishes from around the world. Coffee, juices, water, and iced tea are served tableside. In the evenings, the table settings have been upgraded to include placemats, glassware, and cutlery already set up on the tables.
B.B. King's Blues Club on the Holland America Eurodam Cruise Ship
Music Walk has become a multi-part new entertainment venue on the Holland America Line ms Eurodam cruise ship. The cruise line had already added the ultra-popular B.B. King's Blues Club after I had sailed on the Eurodam in 2008. B.B. King's features the B.B. Kings All-Stars Band, a group of very talented Memphis musicians. This venue is packed on most nights, and I also enjoyed their music when on the Koningsdam.
Two new venues were added to the Eurodam to create Music Walk. The first is Billboard Onboard.
Billboard Onboard on the Holland America Eurodam Cruise Ship
For over 50 years, Billboard magazine has tracked the music industry, publishing news and its famous charts of the top songs and albums of the week. Now, Billboard has partnered with Holland America to bring live musicians to the Eurodam, along with shows centered around interesting facts and figures of the music industry collected by Billboard. This venue is called Billboard Onboard and is part of the Music Walk.
Two pianists, a guitarist, and a DJ are featured in the show, and it's lots of fun (and educational) for everyone. Trivia fans will appreciate the questions presented on the many screens scattered around the venue.
The second new venue added to the Eurodam is Lincoln Center Stage.
Lincoln Center Stage on the Holland America Eurodam Cruise Ship
Holland America has partnered with Lincoln Center to showcase classical musicians in the Lincoln Center Stage venue of Music Walk on the ms Eurodam cruise ship. The musicians perform chamber music every evening and afternoon recitals on sea days.
Upgraded Suites on the Holland America Eurodam Cruise Ship
As part of the enhancements to the ms Eurodam, Holland America has updated the suites on the cruise ship. The suites have cosmetic touches, but also new furniture, carpet, wall coverings, and amenities. Guests with electronic devices appreciate the USB plug-in added to the headboard of the bed, along with upgraded electrical outlets, and bedside LED lights.
The television system has also been upgraded to an interactive system and now includes complimentary movies on demand, access to the daily program, and information on the cruise ship.
As seen in the next photo, the suite bathrooms have also been refurbished and enhanced.
Bathroom in the Suites on the Holland America Eurodam Cruise Ship
The suite bathrooms on the ms Eurodam have also been modernized, with a new contemporary look. The bathroom has a wall of glass, a new vanity with stone tops and under-mounted sinks. The mirrors with integrated LED lighting enable guests to see themselves better (probably better than they want to), and the bathrooms also have new floor tiles and night lights.