Little San Salvador, a Bahamian out-island, was renamed Half Moon Cay by Holland America Line to honor Henry Hudson’s ship, which is also depicted on the cruise line’s logo, as well as to reflect the beach’s crescent shape.
Even with development, the island is still so unspoiled that it has been named a Wild Bird Preserve by the Bahamian National Trust. Excursions include a guided kayak adventure on Bone Fish Lagoon, a protected habitat and home to numerous native species of flora.
Of special note, the Horseback Riding by Land & Sea excursion sets out on a ride along winding trails up to the highest point on the island for a panoramic view before your horse is “dressed” up for swimming in a special saddle pad and a rope halter (no saddle), after which you venture into the ocean for the sensation of riding a horse while it’s swimming.
Half Moon Cay also has a water park with waterslides for family fun, and air-conditioned private cabanas can be rented for your own beachfront retreat, with or without the services of a personal butler.
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A perfect mid size and carrying just over 1,300 passengers, the 1997-built Rotterdam, and newer sister Amsterdam, are large enough to offer lots to do and small enough to feel intimate and not at all overwhelming. Both cruise ships offer that nice combination of tradition — from the elegant two-story restaurant to the lovely wraparound Promenade Decks lined with wooden deck chairs and perfect for sunset strolls — and modern touches as well. Like the rest of the fleet, the ships were upgraded a few years back to feature Holland America Line's Signature of Excellence enhancements, including the Explorations Café Internet center and coffee shop, enhanced kids’ facilities, a culinary-arts demonstration kitchen, and upgraded cabin amenities.
Throughout the Amsterdam’s public spaces, abundant artwork is centered on Continental and Asian themes, with the focal point of the ship’s atrium being a large reproduction of a Flemish clock. Everyone seems to spend quality time in The Explorations Café to check email, surf the Web or enjoy a latte, and the ship’s movie theater, card room and library are also well used.
Evenings, the piano bar and Ocean Bar are popular; the later for drinks, free canapés, and dancing to the tunes of a lively trio. There’s a classical repertoire in the elegant Explorer’s Lounge, Vegas-style productions in the show lounge, gambling in the glam casino, and late-night dancing in the Crow’s Nest observation lounge/disco (at the entrance, check out the life-size terra-cotta human and horse figures, reproductions of the ancient statues discovered in Xian, China).
The well-equipped gym is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows for ocean views and there’s a pleasant spa as well as two swimming pools, one with a retractable glass roof and a pair of hot tubs. The other pool is at the stern and now part of the Holland America Line's new Retreat area. A combo volleyball and tennis court is up on the Sports Deck.
Dining On Amsterdam
The glamorous two-level main dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows and an elegant old-world vibe, while the 100-seat Pinnacle Grill is more intimate (and sans windows). Casual dining can be had in the cheerful Lido buffet restaurant, and you can also enjoy a poolside taco bar and the line’s new Italian section in the Lido as well as.
Staterooms & Suites On Amsterdam
A roomy 182 to 197 square feet, standard cabins are awash in hues of blue, coral and mango colors, and there are bathtubs in all but the standard inside cabins, which is a rare find. All cabins boast a sitting area and a desk, plus flat-panel plasma TVs and DVD players, terry-cloth bathrobes, massage shower heads, lighted magnifying makeup mirrors, and super-plush bedding. A handful of spa staterooms include special amenities and convenient access to the spa and gym.
Of the suite categories, the Verandah Suites are a great value, measuring 374 square feet with a 189-square-foot veranda, dressing room and use of a concierge lounge.
Amsterdam belongs to Holland America Line's Rotterdam Class of cruise ships. Holland America Line's ships are characterized by elegant design and many lounges - quiet as well as lively ones. With the "Signature of Excellence" initiative Holland America ships now include a Culinary Arts center presented by Food & Wine magazine (it's like being in the studio of a TV cooking show), the Explorations Cafe powered by the New York Times, and cabin amenities such as perhaps the best beds in the cruise industry - the Mariner's Dream Beds.
Year Built 2000 ♦
Ship's Class: Rotterdam Class ♦
Country of Registry Netherlands ♦
Tonnage 63,000 ♦
Length 780 ft - 234 m ♦
Cruising Speed 23 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 1,380 ♦
Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 1,772 ♦
Passenger Decks 10 ♦
Officers and Crew 615 ♦
Officer's Nationality International ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Total 690 ♦
Suites with Balcony 172 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 385 ♦
Inside 135 ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 23 ♦
Holland America Line's cabins are among the best one can find, with spacious, thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.
TV with music channels ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦
Optional Open Seating - "As You Wish Dining" lets you choose the venues and style that suit you ♦
Formal Nights ♦
Specialty Restaurants: Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto ♦
Specialty Coffee Bar: Explorations Cafe powered by New York Times ♦
24 Hour Room Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Card Room/Game Room ♦
Video Games Arcade
Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦
Sports Court ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Jogging Track ♦
Promenade Deck wraps around the ship
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
MedSpa Services ♦
Sauna or Steam Room ♦
Beauty Salon ♦
Fitness Assessment ♦
Health and Nutrition Evaluation
Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦
Children's Pool ♦
Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦
Youth Staff ♦
Dedicated Teen Center ♦
Teen Programs ♦
Teen Staff ♦
Group Babysitting Services
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦
Business Center Services ♦