By Michael ColemanÂ
Life aboard the new Eurodam is but a mouse click away.
Long before the traditional bottle of champagne shatters against the bow in July, cruise-savvy travelers can tour the 2,104-passenger Eurodam on-line at a dedicated Web site. Videos, photographs, animation and renderings breathe life into a virtual tour of a ship yet to sail the seas.Â
“We created the Eurodam site to showcase the new design and concept of the Signature class ships,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. “We are proud of the evolution of our ships, and we are pleased to share as many details as possible with our loyal guests who are very curious to see what awaits.”Â
An invitation to explore the Eurodam greets visitors to the site. A rendering comes alive with animation and a fly-over image gives a 360-degree view of the ship. Stateroom renderings show the contemporary, mono-chromatic design accented with bursts of color, a departure from the line’s usual floral schemes.Â
Content on the site is arranged around Holland America Line’s five brand pillars – elegant ships and accommodations, sophisticated dining, gracious service, extensive activities and compelling itineraries.Â
Its quite an enjoyable on-line experience.
Eurodam ship renderings and animation are used in combination with photos and narrated videos from other Holland America Line ships to give visitors an idea of what it will be like to set sail aboard the new ship.Â
Links connect visitors to a host of information. Theres a find cruises tool, a Eurodam blog and visitors can also share the site with a friend via email.Â
“This powerful content provides another avenue for experiencing the ship’s new design concepts,” said Meadows. “We hope it piques interest to book a cruise on the Eurodam’s upcoming European, Canada/New England or Caribbean itineraries.”Â
The Eurodam sets sail on its maiden voyage from Copenhagen on July 5.Â
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will serve as the ships godmother. The line has had a long relationship with the Dutch royal family when it comes to naming its ships. Nine vessels have been launched by members of the royal family, including Statendam III in 1929 by Prince Hendrik; Nieuw Amsterdam in 1937 by Queen Wilhelmina; Statendam IV in 1957 and Prinses Margriet in 1964 by then Princess Beatrix; Rotterdam V in 1958 by Queen Juliana; and Prinsendam in 1973, Nieuw Amsterdam in 1983, Rotterdam VI in 1997 and Oosterdam in 2003 by Princess Margriet.
The lines fleet 13 ships in all – offers nearly 500 cruises to 314 ports of call in 97 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and the Panama Canal.