HAL is adding a high-end new lounge called Mix to five of its ships

As part of  ongoing  enhancements, Holland America Line will install five Microsoft® Surface® units in Mix, its newest lounge venue with three specialty bars – Martinis, Champagne, and Spirits & Ales.  Already in full operation on ms Veendam, Mix and Surface units will be completed on ms Rotterdam by mid-December, followed by three additional ships.

An exciting new entertainment space, Mix is a destination lounge where guests can meet and mingle throughout the day and night.  Mix is an open and inviting space anchored by a pianist providing entertainment for the three distinctly themed specialty bars.

In Mix, while sipping their favorite drink, guests can interact with the Microsoft Surface touch-screen technology to listen to music and play checkers and chess, air hockey, Tetris, cards and the Touch Sports games of football, basketball and skee-ball.  Holland America Line became the first cruise line to offer Microsoft Surface when it furnished Mix with five units aboard ms Veendam in March of this year.  Mix and Microsoft Surface will be featured on five Holland America Line ships:  ms Veendam, ms Rotterdam, ms Ryndam, ms Statendam and ms Maasdam.

Microsoft Surface is an innovative computing platform that responds to touch, natural hand gestures and real-world objects placed on the display, providing effortless interaction with information and digital content in a simple and intuitive way. With a large, 360-degree, horizontal user interface, Microsoft Surface offers a unique gathering place where multiple users can collaboratively and simultaneously interact with content and each other.

Mix and Mingle at Mix

Microsoft Surface is showcased in the new Mix entertainment space that combines three specialty theme bars in one central area.  Champagne features 20 different champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world and events such as champagne breakfast and pre-dinner champagne hour with caviar canapés.  Martinis serves up 19 Grey Goose martinis elegantly offered in individual shakers as well as a full range of cocktails.  Spirits & Ales will feature an international selection of beers and premium whiskeys and brandies while broadcasting premium sports programming.

HAL will add Mix and five Microsoft Surface units to ms Rotterdam in December 2009, ms Ryndam in February 2010, ms Statendam in April 2010 and ms Maasdam in April 2011.  Veendam is complete.

Holland America Line’s other recent enhancements incl also iude a new resort pool concept, innovative lanai staterooms, new entertainment and enrichment options, complimentary Italian Canaletto restaurant and all new stateroom décor. The premium cruise line’s commitment to enhancing its fleet now exceeds $525 million.

For additional information, consult a professional travel agent, call  (877) SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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