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HAL suites to transform as part of $300m brand enhancement

Eurodam Neptune Suite
Holland America Line will lavish its suites with new furnishings, décor, amenities and upgrades on the line’s Signature-, Vista- and R-class ships. The work is part of a $300m brand enhancement announced by HAL president Orlando Ashford on Thursday.

Some $40m will be lavished on the suites.

The first ships to undergo the suite transformation will be Eurodam and Oosterdam, followed by Nieuw Amsterdam, Westerdam, Zuiderdam and Noordam. Additionally, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Volendam and Zaandam will receive the suite improvements as they head into their scheduled drydocks over the next few years.

Eurodam is to go into refit Dec. 7-20 at Grand Bahama Shipyard and Oosterdam will head into drydock April 3-18 at Fincantieri’s Palermo yard in Sicily.

'Our suites are the epitome of luxury and pampering, and the new amenities and upgrades will ensure that our suite guests will continue to enjoy the finest in cruise accommodations,' Ashford said.

The main living area in each suite will be refreshed with a new sofa, lounge chairs and desk chair. A stylish new headboard, new carpet and wall coverings will bring a contemporary feel to the suites, while new soft goods—including a privacy curtain, drapery, bed runner and bed skirt—add elegance. A new quartz stone top on the desk, dresser, nightstands and makeup vanity, along with new vanity lighting, enhance the look.

Electronic upgrades include a USB outlet added to the bed’s headboard, bedside LED lights for late-night reading, upgraded electrical outlets and a lighted closet rod. Also, a fully new interactive television system is set for installation, with free movies on demand, as well as easy access to the daily program and shipboard information such as restaurant overviews, spa services and billing.

Suite bathrooms will receive a makeover, too. A wall of designer glass tile serves as a backdrop to the new vanity area with new stone tops, modern faucets and under-mount sinks. Other enhancements are contemporary mirrors with integrated side-by-side LED lighting, stylish floor tiles and a nightlight.

And, starting in January, all suites across the fleet will receive new amenities—a premium duvet, superior bathrobes and slippers, Bose docking station, binoculars for use during the voyage, free mimosas with in-suite breakfast and an in-suite coffee and espresso machine.

These supplement existing amenities like priority embarkation, disembarkation and tender service; exclusive use of the Neptune Lounge for Pinnacle and Neptune Suite guests, private breakfast service in the Pinnacle Grill and free laundry and dry cleaning.