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Luxury just got more luxurious

Luxury just got more luxurious

Holland America Line, the traditional but modern global line with a fleet full of Dutch names, has announced a huge upgrade program for the suite accommodations. The exciting enhancements will be made on all of the Signature Class, Vista Class and R Class ships during scheduled drydocks over the next few years.

Each suite will have a makeover of the main living area, with new sofa, lounge chairs and desk chairs as well as fresh carpet and wall coverings. They will also benefit from new draperies, bed skirts and headboards. Quartz stone tops on the tables and other surfaces will add some elegance, along with vanity lighting. Bathrooms will get new tiles, fittings, mirrors and lighting.

It's not all cosmetic - the HAL suites will also receive a touch of upgraded technology. USB outlets in the headboards, bedside LED reading lights, better electrical outlets and a lighted closet rod will all make life a little easier for guests, and the entertainment is set to improve also with a fully new interactive television system which shows complimentary movies on demand and provides access to daily programming, ship and restaurant information and more.

Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, was happy to release the details of the upgrade program: "Our suites are the epitome of luxury and pampering, and the new amenities and upgrades will ensure that our suite guests will continue to enjoy the finest in cruise accommodations. We have an ongoing program in place to keep our ships looking fresh, but dry-docking gives us an opportunity to take enhancements to the next level to ensure we deliver the elements that make up the Holland America Line cruise experience."

Fleet-wide extras for suite guests
More amenities are also on the menu for suite guests on all HAL ships starting in January 2016. Already included in a suite booking is priority embarkation, disembarkation and tender service, exclusive use of the Neptune Lounge for Neptune and Pinnacle suite guests, private breakfast service in the Pinnacle Grill and complimentary laundry and dry cleaning. From next year, this already-impressive list of amenities will expand to include fun extras like bathrobes and slippers, a Bose docking station for music, binoculars to use during the cruise, complimentary mimosas with an in-suite breakfast and an espresso machine. These will feature not only in the specific classes mentioned above, but across the entire fleet.

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Several of the ships which sail in and from Australia and the South Pacific will take part in the upgrade program as it rolls out over the next few years. The MS Noordam will be the first of these to go into drydock and receive the new suites. The MS Amsterdam and MS Volendam will get them during their scheduled drydocks in the future - so you have plenty of time to plan and save for a luxurious Holland America suite experience!

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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