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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Destination Collectors. Holland America Line’s expansive fleet sails to more than 320 ports on the nearly 500 cruises offered annually from 27 homeports. Itineraries range from two days to 108 days and visit all seven continents.
Premium ship lovers. Holland America’s ships are mid-sized, carrying from 793 to 2,104 passengers, and featuring wraparound teak decks and staterooms that are on average 25 percent larger than other ships in its class.
World cruisers. Holland America Line has operated world cruises for more than 25 years..
Long cruisers. Holland America Line’s Grand Voyages allow passengers to explore a specific region of the world on an extended Holland America cruise. Combine Grand Voyages to circumnavigate the globe.
Holland America Lines's largest and newest ships, the 2,104 Eurodam was launched in 2008 and sister Nieuw Amsterdam two years later. Both are able, just barely, to transit the Panama Canal.
Public Rooms & Activities on Eurodam
Entertainment venues include a three-deck showroom, plus a disco, casino, sports bar and Ocean bar at the top level of the three-deck atrium. The piano bar is one of the most popular night spots and options also include the mellow Explorer’s Lounge for drinks or coffees.
There’s a dedicated movie theater complete with popcorn and comfy leather seats, and the Crow’s Nest lounge at the top of the ship is a night club with live music at night. By day the Crow’s Nest opens up to the adjacent Explorations Café, where you can savor panoramic views from the Internet stations while sipping a cappuccino and nibbling on a cupcake or other pastries.
Staying on top of another trend — quiet adults-focused patch of sundeck — The Retreat sunning and relaxation area is located a deck above the activity of the main pool area. Aside from the standard chaise lounges for sunbathers, there are also 14 tented cabanas (plus 8 more by the Lido pool) for rent. The semi-private hideaways are equipped with iPods, Evian water, chilled grapes, fruit trays, champagne, and chocolate; plus light breakfasts and lunches are also provided for renters.
The Eurodam's Greenhouse Spa is well equipped and offers a hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite, while the fitness center is also state-of-the-art. Active types can play some basketball or volleyball up on the sports deck or exercise with a walk around the one-third-mile-long panoramic Promenade Deck.
Dining On Eurodam
Eight different places to eat include three new venues: the Pan-Asian Tamarind (where you can dig into delish dishes like wasabi-soy-crusted beef tenderloin and roasted Peking duck), the family Italian Canaletto (dinner only), and the 24-hour Slice pizzeria, adjacent to the Sea View pool aft of the Lido. Besides the grand main restaurant, there’s also the exclusive Pinnacle Grill and the Lido buffet venue.
Staterooms & Suites On Eurodam
The first of the fleet’s Signature-class vessels, Eurodam features cabins on upper decks for the first time and introduced a collection of spa staterooms with special amenities, including aromatherapy bath salts, yoga mats, pedometers and a special healthy room-service menu with fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, egg white omelets and other items.
As on the rest of the fleet, standard outside cabins are a roomy 185 square feet and décor marries organic colors with wood veneers, nickel and stainless steel touches to create a modern look. All categories boast the line’s Signature of Excellence features, from Euro-top beds to Egyptian cotton towels, flatscreen TVs and DVD players, massaging shower heads, mini fridges, and Elemis toiletries.
Eurodam belongs to Holland America Line's Signature Class of cruise ships. These elegant and spacious ships feature some of the largest private balconies found at sea. Perhaps that is why Holland America likes to refer to its balconies as Verandahs.
Holland America Line's ships are characterized by lots of space, 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. Signature class ships also feature a new topside Pan-Asian restaurant, glass elevators on the outside of the ship, more than 700 balcony cabins, plus dozens of dining and entertainment options.
Year Built 2008 ♦
Ship's Class: Signature Class ♦
Country of Registry Netherlands ♦
Tonnage 86,000 ♦
Length 936 ft - 280 m ♦
Cruising Speed 23 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,104 ♦
Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 2,671 ♦
Passenger Decks 11 ♦
Officers and Crew 929 ♦
Officer's Nationality International ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Total 1,052 ♦
Suites with Balcony 112 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 596 ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 189 ♦
Inside 155 ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 30 ♦
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, Tamarind ♦
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 ♦