The staterooms will be located close to the Greenhouse Spa and offer a number of special in-room amenities. A spa concierge will be on hand to book treatments for passengers in the the Spa Staterooms, and four spa packages are available exclusively to guests in these cabins. Passengers can choose from inside, outside, balcony or suite Spa Staterooms on the Observation and Panorama Decks. The 10 cabins on the Observation Deck all offer floor-to-ceiling windows and scalloped verandahs.
All spa rooms are intended to be havens of serenity, with earth-tone decor and a water feature for soothing ambient sound. Amenities include organic cotton bathrobes and slippers, a Burmese teak mat and special showerhead in the bathroom, a Body Buff Loofah Mitt and aroma therapy bath salts, iPod docking station, Yoga mat, pedometer for onboard use and a fitness DVD.
Given that even the most ardent yogis and spa-goers must take a break from exercise and massages to eat, the rooms come stocked with a mini-bar of specialty waters, a fruit tray on embarkation day, and organic chocolates at bedtime (the herbal-infused Belgian chocolates supposedly have calming effects). An in-room Greenhouse Spa breakfast menu includes such healthy items as fresh carrot juice, bran muffins, eggbeater or egg white omelets, turkey bacon, and an organic soy meatless patty (all-day dining is also available).
Holland America is by no means the first cruise line to offer spa cabins. Costa introduced the concept on Costa Concordia, and Carnival and Celebrity will both offer spa cabins when their new Carnival Splendor and Celebrity Solstice debut later this year.
Eurodam will make its official debut in Rotterdam on July 1. After a maiden Baltic voyage, the ship will sail Canada and New England itineraries in the fall and Caribbean cruises in the winter.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor