On Holland America Line’s Oosterdam, passengers are treated to a variety of onboard programming designed to let them explore their world in a number of ways. It’s a thoughtful buffet of experiences, offered in a unique way that makes at-sea enrichment personal.
“For almost 140 years, Holland America Line has been exploring new destinations, new culture, and now…new onboard experiences,” said the ships Explorer newsletter, one of the first reads we ran across upon embarkation.
Partnering with leaders in their fields, Holland America offers a selection of activities that invite those on board to try something new or learn more about a personal interest.
Explore- Our World
Neatly organized into four distinct areas, those interested in Our World join a resident travel guide for a series of lectures and discussions about the places they will visit.
Highlights, so far in our 7-day voyage, include a presentation by National Park Rangers, an organized exploration of the ship and details about what passengers might see and do in Alaska.
Explore- Food & Entertaining
Foodies have a full roster of possibilities on Holland America Line. In their Culinary Arts Center, a dedicated party planner hosts a series of presentations showing how professionals do what everyday people might be interested in.
Partnering with Food and Wine magazine, passengers are encouraged to enroll in small, hands-on cooking classes. Want to learn how to make Steak Diane or Espresso Chocolate Mousse? They teach that here.
Partnering with Microsoft, a complementary digital program at sea promises allow passengers to get friendly with life on line, at their own pace and on their own schedule.
Classes on topics such as Basic Photo Editing and Camera Basics are thoughtfully offered early in the voyage in preparation for the amazing Alaska images they might capture…or not if they skipped these classes. Talks about
Personal growth is the name of the game and Holland America’s Mind-Body-Spirit program has offerings varying from fitness classes to seminars, wellness events and more.
A De-Stress From Your Day Of Travel class starts things off. A Greenhouse Spa Thermal Suite Spa Pass gets guests unlimited access to exclusive areas of the ship’s spa throughout the voyage.
All this makes up more than a bullet-point list of activities and events like might be found elsewhere. The Holland America version of onboard programming breaks down daunting lists of things to do while sailing, bringing personal enrichment into clear focus.