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Hey Seattle, it’s officially cruising season!

by Leanne

On deck of Eurodam sq Sponsored postThis weekend was an exciting one for Seattle as the first Holland America Line cruise ship of the season arrived, kicking off the cruising season. This year is especially exciting because Holland America is celebrating 70 years of Alaska explorations this year and the ms Eurodam is the first of five HAL ships that will be cruising into Seattle throughout the season, with 58 Seattle calls in total. Ms Eurodam in portAnd, the weekend was specifically exciting for me because I got to do something I have day dreamed about my whole life. I was so excited when I was invited to the media day to welcome the ms Eurodam, tour the ship and learn about the company, and I was even more excited when I walked aboard a cruise ship for the very first time.

Holland America EurodamAround here we travel by ferry frequently to all of our many island towns, but the ms Eurodam was by far the biggest ship I’ve ever set foot on. Saying that I was crazy excited to explore as much as I could in my few hours aboard is an understatement. I came with my walking shoes and my camera to capture as much of the cruise life as possible in just a short amount of time. Holland America luggageAt first, I just stood about, awed at the sheer size of the ship and all the details that run like clockwork to keep everything on schedule. It really is hard to describe how small you feel in the presence of something so massively impressive, but I knew I wanted to see everything I could.  
Holland America GalleryUnfortunately, that would have been next to impossible with its 936ft length and winding paths that seem to go forever, holding new surprises around each corner. With 1,052 staterooms, the ms Eurodam can hold a whopping 2,104 passengers with accommodations ranging from suites to standard rooms. In addition to the staterooms, there are also some amazing shared spaces that include a huge mainstage for watching live shows, pools and hot tubs, and tons of places to relax and recharge on your journey. Holland America mainstageFor on-ship entertainment, you can choose between visiting the theater room, the mainstage, the casino, the shopping areas, or one of the many lounge areas.  Holland America Wine
Holland America Screening RoomFor getting work done, you can utilize their meeting rooms, cafes, one of the digital workshops, or you can utilize the onboard Wi-Fi. Holland America loungeFor those who want to come back renewed, you will love the fitness center, the full service spa with treatments that range from relaxing to rejuvenating, and all the nooks and crannies you can curl up with a good book or relax with a great conversation. Holland America fitness centerFor those with young kids, they will be spending lots of time in Club HAL, as well as frequenting the pools and hot tubs, and of course getting their fill of sweets – both sugary and healthy. Leanne and Tyler by pool
Holland America treatsAnd, for you foodies, you will love all the restaurants to suit any taste or atmosphere, from sit down formal meals to grab-and-go options. Holland America Dive In
Holland America SushiReally, it’s like a small, swanky city that moves through the water, taking you to exotic locales while you cruise in luxury. Seriously, even walking up and down the stairwells and hallways is a delight with artwork spread throughout the ship.Holland America stairs
Holland America NeptuneI could go on and on about all the amenities aboard the ship, but instead I’m going to direct you to visit the Holland America Line site and check out their itineraries to start pl
anning your trip. We’ve been talking for months about taking a cruise this summer to celebrate our twentieth anniversary, and we’re more determined than ever to make it happen. How awesome would it be to take our little ones on a journey that involved multiple cities and tons of exploring – all without having to switch hotels?

I sadly didn’t get to visit and photograph a stateroom on my tour since guests were boarding as we were exploring, but I have heard great things about their rooms and how family-friendly they are. I can’t wait to report back after we go on our cruise and tell you how the accommodations were for a family of 5. I hope that’s soon, because it was really, really hard to leave the ship after our tour.Holland America elevatorHolland America Line calls itself “Seattle’s hometown cruise line” not just because Seattle is their headquarters. They are our cruise line because of everything they bring to Seattle in terms of tourism, creating local jobs, giving back to the community, and benefiting Washington State’s economy. They are expecting to bring in close to $600 million this year to the Washington economy, as well as donating to many local groups and charities. Knowing all of this makes me even more excited about planning our cruise this summer.Holland America Explorations LoungeIf you are in Seattle, you should definitely check out Holland America Line and start planning your trip, celebrating the fact that you can take some awesome and adventurous cruises without needing to take a plane to get there. And, if you aren’t located in Seattle but you want to hop on one of these cruises, you should plan a few days of travel around Seattle before or after your trip. It’s a great opportunity to explore this awesome city in addition to your cruise itinerary.Holland America ship

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Diana May 2, 2017 - 7:50 pm

So cool! I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise

Sara May 2, 2017 - 7:50 pm

I’m so jealous! I wanna go to Seattle AND on a cruise

Anna May 4, 2017 - 12:40 am

I wanna go on a cruise this summer or fall… Somewhere warm and remote

Darla May 6, 2017 - 12:53 am

I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise ship… Hopefully somewhere warm!

Malia May 6, 2017 - 8:14 am

I’ve never really considered cruising, but I guess I need to now!

Shelly VanDyne May 6, 2017 - 8:03 pm

Such a great review makes me want to take a cruise.

Drea May 6, 2017 - 10:06 pm


Kate May 7, 2017 - 7:40 pm

I need to start planning a cruise and forget about all this awful RAIN

Susie May 7, 2017 - 10:07 pm

Cute pics! Looks like fun!

Louise Allonby May 10, 2017 - 2:41 pm

I’ve never been on a cruise ship, but this sure does sell it to me. It looks amazing and you describe it so well.

Maggie May 10, 2017 - 3:10 pm

I’ve never been on a cruise, since I get seasick but it looks like a great time! I love all your photos, it makes me feel like I’m right there with you. This ship looks amazing!

Jamie May 10, 2017 - 3:28 pm

I’ve never been on a cruise, and after reading this I’m wondering why not…time to book a cruise!

Paroma Chakravarty May 10, 2017 - 3:38 pm

This cruise looks so fancy! I would love to go on a cruise some day

Katie Ackerley May 10, 2017 - 3:57 pm

Cruise ships amaze me so much! I’ve never actually been on one but it’s just crazy how much they can fit on a ship! Looks like you had an awesome day exploring! x

Tatum Skipper May 10, 2017 - 5:03 pm

I love how intimate the ship feels even with the sheer size of it! The attention to detail in the carpets, walls, art and food makes me wanna go so bad! Have you ever actually been on one of their cruises??

Katie Dickinson May 10, 2017 - 6:05 pm

I’ve never been on a cruise, but I’m so curious. The variety of amenities is super impressive and sounds like there would never be a dull moment! So lucky that you were chosen to check it out – thanks for reporting!!

Chirasree Banerjee May 10, 2017 - 11:17 pm

This is no less than a palace. I have never been to a cruise but how I wish! Thanks for sharing this.

Becky May 11, 2017 - 1:35 pm

Oh I would love to take a tour of a ship. Just to get a feel for it. Your pictures are lovely and I thought ships didn’t have wi-fi on board. I thought you were suppose to escape for a week or so.. disappear.

Chloe May 11, 2017 - 2:14 pm

That ship looks huge! I’ve never been on a cruise ship before!

Leanne May 12, 2017 - 9:50 pm

Tatum, I haven’t been on a cruise before, but I’m hoping to go this summer! The detail was simply amazing!

Leanne May 12, 2017 - 9:50 pm

Good point! Maybe you can just say you don’t have Wi-Fi if anyone from work asks 🙂

Leanne May 12, 2017 - 9:51 pm

Katie, I’m really curious, too! Hopefully I will be able to do a full report after this summer!

BonBon May 15, 2017 - 10:44 am

Thank you for sharing… I have a client who is looking for an alaskan cruise next year:) This is perfect.

Bryan Vice July 22, 2017 - 4:20 am

WOw that is very nice i have never been on a cruise before but im hoping next year we can go somewhere

Amy Deeter July 25, 2017 - 4:31 pm

I have had many family members, and friends go on cruises.I haven’t had the chance to do that yet,but i am hoping soon.it is on my bucket list. Great pics


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