Private Cabanas Introduced on Eurodam

May 7, 2008
Holland America has revealed another new feature on its first Signature-Class ship, Eurodam. The ship will feature tented cabanas for private use on the Observation and Lido Decks.

All cabanas are furnished with woven chaises, ottomans and upholstered settees, and are stocked with bathrobes, plush towels, handheld fans, Evian spray misters and iPods already loaded with a variety of music. Throughout the day, cabana occupants can refresh themselves with iced fruit skewers, chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne and chilled waters. Select spa services will be available at a discount for passengers who rent cabanas on port days.

Want to relax in peace and quiet, away from all the hubbub of the pool? Then rent one of the 14 cabanas in the Retreat area on the observation deck. The Retreat is a private spa-like area where guests can order healthy meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks) and take advantage of "luxurious leisure amenities." Daylong cabana rentals cost $45 on port days and $75 on sea days; cruise travelers can rent the cabanas daily or for the entire cruise.

Tired of fighting for deck chairs (or getting up early to save them), but don't want to miss out on the fun and energy of the Lido Deck? Eurodam will have eight cabanas strategically placed around the Lido pool for a private hangout in a public area. Cabana occupants can order lunch from a poolside menu consisting of items from the Terrace Grill and Lido Restaurant. Prices for Lido cabanas are $30 per day on port days and $50 on sea days.

If private retreats on sun decks sound familiar, it's because the idea was pioneered by Princess on the Crown Princess with its secluded lounge area called The Sanctuary. The concept is also being picked up by Carnival -- its Serenity adults-only relaxation area is being introduced as part of the line's "Evolutions of Fun" upgrades. Interestingly, Holland America does allow kids in its cabanas, while Carnival and Princess spa decks are adults-only.

The 2,104-passenger Eurodam debuts on July 1 and will spend its maiden season sailing Baltic, Canada and New England, and Caribbean cruises.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor