Holland America Line's Signature of Excellence is a $225-million initiative that provides unparalleled product and service enhancements to our fleet of five-star ships. Signature of Excellence will build on our renowned Tradition of Excellence by significantly raising the standard in premium cruising.
The comprehensive enhancements focus on five areas central to the Holland America guest experience; spacious, elegant ships and accommodations; sophisticated five-star dining; gracious, unobtrusive service; extensive enrichment programs and activities, and compelling worldwide itineraries.
Signature of Excellence enhancements encompass virtually every area of our ships and range from new state-of-the-art facilities and public areas to new services and amenities. It also includes new activities on Half Moon Cay-our private island in the Bahamas. This initiative is a 24-month project that began in late 2003 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2006. Some enhancements may vary by ship.
Holland America Line provides guests with the most distinctive ships at sea and the most spacious accommodations in the premium cruise category. Our classic, mid-size ships are elegantly appointed and provide more space per guest than other major cruise lines. Enhanced stateroom amenities include:
In addition, enhancements to suites include:
Club HAL (Holland America Childrens Program)
Enhanced Youth Program features separate, age-specific areas with a variety of activities for every interest. Supervised by permanent, full-time directors and staff, children can meet friends and enjoy a variety of safe and entertaining choices. Created by world-renowned designers, these areas are the most elaborate of any cruise line.
Crow's Next Nightclub and Disco
The Crow's Nest is a hip, fashionable gathering spot for cruise guests who enjoy vibrant nightlife. During the day, sweeping views make the observation lounge a top choice for relaxing, reading, and sightseeing from comfortable loungers facing out to the sea.
In the evening, the Crow's Nest comes alive with a full-service bar and the latest music from top-notch DJs and great bands, with a video-wall system and a light show to make the dance floor explode with motion. Enhancements (ms Ryndam, ms Statendam and ms Maasdam only) include:
Culinary Arts Center
A groundbreaking program that integrates guests' love for fine food and wine with an entertaining experience and opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique traditions and tastes of their ports of call. Special gourmet presentations, demonstrations, tasting events and intimate cooking classes highlight cuisine that reflects the ship's itinerary or special occasions. Renowned Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has helped develop this five-star culinary experience.
Holland America Dining
Holland America Line believes that the dining experience must be as extraordinary as the cuisine itself. Long known for its innovative dining concepts and the most extensive menus at sea, Holland America Line is further differentiating its dining experience with new additions and enhancements, such as:
MAIN DINING ROOM
PINNACLE GRILL DINING EXPERIENCE
A comfortable, coffee house-type environment, where guests can sip espresso drinks, browse through one of the most extensive libraries at sea and enjoy access to a variety of activities, resources and audio and video programming. It"s a great way for guests to immerse themselves in the culture of their destination and enjoy enriching content and programming.
Holland America Line is expanding the exclusive Greenhouse Spa, to offer guests a luxurious and pampering experience that is as self-indulgent as it is therapeutic. Relaxing treatment rooms offer breathtaking views where guests can enjoy exotic skin, body and hair treatments ranging from hot stone massages and pedicures to hair styling and facials. The Greenhouse Spa fitness facility includes the latest exercise equipment, and experienced exercise professionals for personal training. Enhancements include:
Half Moon Cay Private Island
The highest-rated port of call on Holland America's Caribbean itineraries, Half Moon Cay is located on 55-acres of the 2,400-acre Little San Salvador Island, an international bird sanctuary in the Bahamas (only two percent of the island is developed). Rated as "Best Private Island" by Porthole Cruise Magazine for the past four years, Half Moon Cay now offers several new and exciting activities from which to choose.
HORSEBACK RIDING BY LAND AND SEA
Ride on a specially-trained horse to one of the highest points in the Bahamas, then through the surf as your horse swims in the ocean.
Swim and snorkel with stingrays in a secluded cove, which is part of a beautiful 700-acre lagoon. Learn about their behaviors and habits and get the chance to hand-feed them.
AQUATRAX® WATERCRAFT ADVENTURE
Guided personal watercraft tour with stops at a tidal outlet, the Bahamian village and Stingray Cove. Race on a buoyed course. (Located away from the main beach area.)
HALF MOON LAGOON AQUA PARK
Features a multi-level play set featuring water-shooting cannons, water-walls and slides, plus colorful sea creatures for kids to climb on.
Other features on Half Moon Cay include an aqua-sports center, a fully-equipped Club HAL children's playground, beach chairs, volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, a network of nature trails and a designated wild bird reserve. Guests can also rent an air-conditioned, private beachfront cabana, have a beachside massage and then enjoy a barbecue. Plus, there is plenty of room to relax peacefully on the beach.
The Lofts and Oasis (For Teens Only)
New areas designed exclusively for ages 13-17 to get away from family, have fun, socialize and hang out with people their own age. Unmatched anywhere in the cruise industry, these are areas teens can truly call their own.
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