Major makeover adds to all the excitement
When Rotterdam sailed from Fort Lauderdale on December 16, 2009, guests enjoyed many new Signature of Excellence enhancements and amenities completed in a 28-day drydock in the Bahamas.
She received the trendy Mix lounge, innovative Retreat Pool, classy Showroom at Sea and the addition of the industry’s only Lanai staterooms. Every stateroom now features a fresh new cabin and bathroom design as well.
Says executive vice president Richard Meadows: “Rotterdam looks spectacular. The enhancements are going to impress our guests and engage them in exciting, new ways.”
The upgrades began with new fixtures and soft goods in staterooms and bathrooms. New Lanai accommodations were added along with several additional staterooms on the aft portion of each ship. Additional highlights feature a resort pool called The Retreat, the Showroom at Sea, Canaletto Italian restaurant and the new Mix lounge midship.
The most visible and engaging alteration is to the aft of Rotterdam, allowing for a new resort-style pool area on Lido deck called The Retreat. With a shallow area where guests may lounge in chairs and dip their toes in the water, the new pool invites guests to relax and enjoy a new pool bar, an upscale pizzeria called Slice, and a giant LED screen for evening movies. A new canopy and wind screens provide additional covered seating for the Lido Restaurant, too.
In the Lido restaurant, Canaletto comes to life for dinner when a section is transformed each evening into the complimentary specialty restaurant with glass partitions and an Italian ambiance. Dishes range from putanesca to penne alla vodka. Although reservations are encouraged for this casual dining venue, walk-ups will be accepted. Canaletto is open for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The latest enhancements include several other public areas.
Maasdam, Ryndam and Statendam will receive Signature of Excellence enhancements beginning in early 2010. Veendam received all enhancements in April 2009.
Future enhancements will be completed in two phases. First, in a series of drydocks in 2010 and 2011, the three additional ships will receive the addition of Mix, Showroom at Sea, Canaletto and other public area enhancements, and stateroom upgrades. The second series of drydocks in 2012 and 2013 will add The Retreat and new staterooms on the aft portion of the ships, as well as forward verandah and spa staterooms.
Operated by Holland America Line
Built at Fincantieri, Italy
Entered service: December 1997
Gross tonnage: 59,885 tons
Cost: $250 million
Passenger decks: 12
Staterooms: 660 including
- 542 outside
- 160 with balconies
- 118 inside
- 20 for wheelchairs
Two dining rooms (two sittings), alternative dining options, casino, cinema, library, one outside swimming pool, two swimming pools (one with magradome), beauty salon, fitness centre, self-service launderette.
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