Holland America Statendam
Entering Holland America’s fleet in 1993, the MS Statendam provides spacious, luxurious accommodations and features a $2 million art collection. This is the fifth ship to go by the Statendam moniker in Holland America’s history. During its 20-plus years at sea, the vessel went through multiple upgrades, with new Signature of Excellence features. Staterooms and bathrooms now come with new amenities, while spa staterooms enhance the Greenhouse Salon & Spa. For entertainment, as well, the Showroom at Sea and three Mix bars provide many hours of enjoyment. The stylistic heart of the ship is the art collection, with the Van Gogh Theater featuring a mural commemorating the Dutch painter’s notable works, including “Starry Night” and “Irises.” As well, the three-story Atrium is home to the 26-foot “Fountain of the Siren” sculpture. A self-guided audio tour allows you to explore all works and rare artifacts in detail. Currently, the MS Statendam leaves from the West Coast to depart to Australia and New Zealand for part of the year and Alaska for the other half.
Staterooms & DiningThe MS Statendam’s design allows for spaciousness and luxurious accommodations, along with beautiful views, no matter which rooms you select. Interior and Ocean-View start with the standard features. Travelers sleep soundly on Euro-top beds, while massaging showerheads, salon-quality hairdryers, and fragrant toiletries enhance every bathroom. The details are important on these cruises, and as such, rooms come equipped with a television and DVD collection and fresh fruit. The Neptune and Vista Suites add upgrades to these standard features. For one, the rooms add mini-bars, custom stationery, one-touch phones, and fresh flowers. Travelers have access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge, as well. In terms of dining, the standard five-course, continental meal is served in the Rotterdam Dining Room. Accommodations include an extensive wine list and low-carb and vegetarian meals. Travelers looking for specialty dining can find it through a number of on-board restaurants. Taste delicious Italian at Canaletto, get cooked-to-order fresh meals at Lido Restaurant, or enjoy an elegant, intimate meal at the Pinnacle Grill. For something more casual, the Explorations Café offers coffee, as well as access to a library and Wi-Fi.
What to Do OnboardFor adults, activities range from relaxing to stimulating. Rejuvenate yourself at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon, or learn something new in the Culinary Arts Center, where master chefs offer multiple cooking demonstrations. Or to preserve your vacation memories, sign up for the Digital Workshop. Microsoft-trained professionals assist travelers like yourself with first taking good photographs and then later editing them and compiling them into a scrapbook. For children, age-appropriate activities are found at Club HAL, geared for those 3 to 12 years of age, and The Loft and The Oasis, for those 13 to 17. In the evenings, there’s a chance to catch a world-class show at the Van Gogh Show Lounge, or soak in the atmosphere at the Showroom at Sea. For some dancing with awe-inspiring sights, the Crow’s Nest, with its 270-degree view, is where you want to be. No matter where in the world you go, see it in luxury with Holland America. To book your trip today, browse through Direct Line Cruises and then make reservations.
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