Holland America Line’s Noordam recently sailed for Australia following a scheduled 14-day dry dock at Victoria Shipyards in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where the ship received a refresh and several upgrades.
The changes include the addition of the Billboard Onboard to the Music Walk area, Microsoft Studio in the Explorations Café and Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop.
Billboard Onboard joins the B.B. King’s Blues Club and Lincoln Center Stage in the ship’s Music Walk area and will feature two pianists playing 50 years of hits.
At the new Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop, guests can use their photos – or photos taken by the shipboard photographer – to design mounted 3D photos, keepsake boxes, metal panel prints and other souvenirs.
The Microsoft Studio was redesigned and added to Explorations Café, which itself received other upgrades. At the Microsoft Studio guests can enjoy a new list of complimentary classes with all-new computer equipment.
The ship’s suites were also refreshed with new soft goods, furniture and bathrooms. Noordam’s suites received the same upgrades that are rolling out on the line’s Signature- and Vista-class ships. The main living area in each suite was refreshed with new furniture, carpet, headboard and stone desktops and soft goods. Electronic upgrades included a new USB outlet added to the bed’s headboard, bedside LED reading lights, upgraded electrical outlets and an illuminated closet rod. Suite bathrooms received designer glass tiling and a new vanity area.
All staterooms received new verandah furniture, and new sofa beds were installed in staterooms with that sleep option.
A new interactive television system was installed in all suites and staterooms, featuring LED flat-screen TVs with complimentary movies and TV shows on demand as well as easy access to the daily programme and shipboard information including restaurant overviews, spa services and account status.
“Noordam looks better than ever with sleek upgrades, fresh décor and the addition of new spaces like the popular Billboard Onboard, which receives rave reviews from guests,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “We are always investing in our ships and onboard amenities and offerings to ensure that guests enjoy the latest and greatest experiences, particularly in the area of authentic music, as we are known for having the best live music at sea.”
There were also various upgrades to dining venues, bars, lounges and other public areas. For example, the Pinnacle Grill and the Pinnacle Bar have a fresh look with new furniture, carpet and design details.
The Greenhouse Spa & Salon has been updated with upgraded treatment rooms, new massage beds, barber chairs, pedicure thrones and an enhanced hydropool as well as upgraded gym equipment and floors in the fitness centre.
The Dining Room was updated with new furniture, carpet and soft goods; new chairs and tabletops were installed in Lido Market; and the Neptune Lounge has new furniture, carpet and a bar.
New slot machines and tables were introduced at the Casino, and the Sports Court has added lines for a pickleball court.
Next summer Noordam will sail to Alaska, with seven-day Glacier Discovery cruises northbound from Vancouver B.C. and southbound from Seward (Anchorage). A Land + Sea journey can be added to Noordam sailings for those guests who want to explore the interior, including Denali National Park.
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