This weeks big story in the world of cruise ship is Holland America’s unveiling of it’s newest and largest ship, Eurodam. The Eurodam will be the 80th ship in HAL fleet and the first to use dynamic positioning abilities to hold the ship in a precise position. This technology was unthinkable 134 years ago when Holland America launched its first ship the Rotterdam. MS Eurodam is set to sail its inaugural season in Europe followed by cruises in Canada and New England in the fall and the Caribbean in the winter.
This week Gene Sloan of USA TODAYS’s Cruise Log Blog will be blogging live from Europe at the unveiling of The Eurodam. Here is what he had to say about the new ship earlier this week.
The historic line will be showing off the vessel in Europe starting this weekend in a series of events from Southampton, England to Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The 86,700-ton Eurodam, which has one more deck than the ships in the company’s last series, the Vista Class, will be christened on July 1 in Rotterdam by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Its maiden voyage, a 10-night cruise from Copenhagen, Denmark, is set for July 5.