Seattle, May 31, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The ms Westerdam recently launched its 2007 Europe cruise season with the unveiling of new staterooms, more shopping opportunities, a larger Pinnacle Grill and Bar, and a spectacular view for guests when they enjoy their morning lattÃƒÂ©. A new Explorations CafÃƒÂ©, powered by The New York Times, has been created at the top of the ship in a portion of the CrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Nest on Observation Deck.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The recent additions are another example of how Holland America Line continues to unveil new and imaginative on-board activities, dining, and ship renovations to provide an unparalleled experience for todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s premium cruise guests,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Stein Kruse, president and chief executive officer.
The first wave of innovative Signature of Excellence fleet-wide enhancements, which cost more than $225 million, was completed at the end of 2006.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“At Holland America Line, we continually evaluate how to make our product even more relevant to todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cruiser. This ongoing commitment to quality and innovation is our Signature of Excellence,Ã¢â‚¬Â added Kruse. Ã¢â‚¬Å“These new concepts and venues on the Westerdam will be extended to the Eurodam upon its launch in June 2008 and to the Vista-class Oosterdam in 2008 and Zuiderdam in 2009.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Work on the Westerdam was completed a day earlier than expected at Fincantieri Palermo Shipyard in Italy.
Located in the CrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Nest, the new Explorations CafÃƒÂ©, powered by The New York Times, provides magnificent vistas while guests surf the Internet Center, read a book, listen to music, or relax with friends, sipping a specialty coffee or enjoying a tasty pastry.
The popular Pinnacle Grill alternative restaurant on Lower Promenade Deck was expanded to accommodate 136 guests. A new Pinnacle Bar separate from the restaurant was created.
One deck higher, on Promenade Deck, the former location of the Internet Center now features additional shopping areas and a small coffee bar. The Holland America Line Signature Shops have expanded and a new high-end jewelry store, the Merabella Ã¢â‚¬â€ which was first introduced on the ms Amsterdam Ã¢â‚¬â€ has been added.
The guest capacity of Westerdam also has increased with the addition of 34 verandah and inside cabins on the aft Upper Verandah, Rotterdam and Navigation decks. The new staterooms, complete with signature amenities such as flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top MarinerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Beds, give Westerdam a guest capacity of 1,916.