|An eclectic Northern Europe itinerary, including Holland America's first-ever call at the English port of Newcastle, is on tap for the maiden voyage of the line's highly anticipated Eurodam when the ship launches in July 2008.|
Holland America has announced that Eurodam, the first new-build in what will be HAL's Signature class, will depart Copenhagen on a 10-day itinerary comprising a total of eight calls in Norway, England and Scotland. Besides Newcastle, the cruise -- which departs on July 5, 2008 -- will call at Oslo, Alesund, Vik, Flam and Stavanger in Norway; and Edinburgh and Invergordon in Scotland.
Holland America also unveiled plans for a pair of three-day introductory cruises onboard Eurodam. The first will precede the ship's maiden voyage, departing Rotterdam on July 2 and calling at Hamburg and Copenhagen. A second introductory cruise will sail August 29 roundtrip from New York -- prior to the start of the ship's scheduled fall itineraries in Canada and New England, and following its inaugural season in Europe. The ship will ultimately end up in the Caribbean for its winter 2008 season.
The 86,000-ton, 2,104-passenger Eurodam, which will be the largest in the HAL fleet when it debuts, adds an additional deck to the 10 levels already offered on Holland America's Vista-class ships. The new vessel will also offer several innovative features and stylish dining options, most notably Tamarind (a 142-seat Pan-Asian restaurant) and the African-themed Explorer's Lounge.
Eurodam is currently under construction at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Italy and is set to be named in Rotterdam on July 1.
--by Michael Potter, Assistant Editor