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Cruise Ship Arrival: ms Statendam
December 11, 2014 @ 8:00 am - December 12, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Named after the provinces of Holland and carrying less passengers than other ships in her class, the elegant Statendam has reset the industry standard. With two-tiered show lounges and dining rooms, deluxe staterooms, and suites with sweeping verandahs, the ship offers something for everyone–whether it be adventure or relaxation.
After a run on Statendam’s jogging track or a workout in the fitness center, passengers can pamper themselves with a visit to the Ocean Spa and its massage tables, sauna, steam room, juice bar, beauty salon, and barber shop. Lady Luck has been known to spread some of her magic around in the casino. The Erasmus Library, the card room, and puzzle room offer respite for those seeking quieter pursuits. In keeping with Holland America’s tradition of artistic display, the ship showcases a $2 million art and artifact collection built around the apropos theme of Dutch exploration.
On Statendam, a triple-deck, fountain-filled atrium greets passengers as they move between the public rooms on the ship’s Lower Promenade Deck and Upper Promenade. The two-level, 700-seat formal dining room serves elegant meals in fine style with an ocean view. Cruisers may feast on casual breakfast and lunch buffets in the Lido restaurant, right next to one of the two onboard swimming pools.
The 600-seat Van Gogh Theater features Broadway-style entertainment in a setting evoking the Dutch artist’s beloved Starry Night and Irises paintings. Additional lounges include the Ocean Bar, Piano Bar, Explorers Lounge, and the Crow’s Nest, a cross between an observation deck and a nightclub. Meetings, lectures, religious services, and movie screenings all take place in the 249-seat Wajang Theater. The Half Moon and Hudson Room also host meetings, private parties, and activities.