Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will preside over the naming of Holland America Line's Eurodam, which debuts in Rotterdam on July 1. The Queen's mother similarly named ms Rotterdam V 50 years ago and, in total, nine Holland America ships have been named by members of the Dutch Royal Family.
The 2,104-passenger Eurodam, whose inaugural season will be in Europe followed by Canada/New England sailings in the fall, then Caribbean itineraries to finish 2008, will also expand its dining choices to include restaurants featuring Asia and Italian cuisine as well as a French-themed terrace grill. Launching onboard are three venues: Tamarind, the Asian restaurant, which is reservations required and has capacity for 144 guests; Canaletto, the Italian restaurant; and a pizza outlet called Slice.
The ship will too feature private cabanas on the top deck that may carry an extra charge. Other smaller cabanas around Lido deck would be free to use. Visit www.hollandamerica.com. (DE)