Holland America Upgrades Coach Fleet

HollandAmerica said it was creating a new or upgraded fleet of 39 coaches for the 2007 Alaska season; three new MCI LX coaches will join the fleet and 36 existing vehicles will be retrofitted. Cruise guests will enjoy more leg room, spiffy leather seats, an enriched narration program including handouts, and exclusive visuals. Seating on motor coaches operating on the "GreatLand" and "Direct-to-Denali" tours will be reduced from 54 to 45, providing 50 percent additional leg room—equivalent to the leg room on a domestic first-class flight. Coaches will be equipped with leather seats with a fabric insert containing the Holland America Line logo, aisle carpeting and a mini-gallery offering cold snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Each coach will have six new LCD monitors and every seat will be equipped with a headset and eight-channel audio. For those traveling with electronic equipment, the convenience of a battery charging station will be located in the galley. The exterior of each Explorer Coach will have a dramatic design depicting one of three Alaskan wildlife themes—whales, bears or moose. The line also plans two new "Tombstone Explorer Coaches" for TombstonePark excursions. The coaches will feature domed rooftop and huge side windows, air-conditioning, camera and viewing screen to improve wildlife viewing. They are wheelchair friendly.

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