Holland America Line
has announced plans to offer a new resort-style pool area on five of its vessels.
As part of the cruise line's $200 million Signature of Excellence scheme, the ms Statendam, ms Maasdam, ms Ryndam, ms Veendam and ms Rotterdam will each have a new pool and lounge zone known as The Retreat.
The area will comprise a shallow pool with 44 lounge chairs, as well as a number of built-in benches, which enable guests to relax with their legs in the pool.
Commenting on the plans, Richard D Meadows, executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programmes, said: "The Retreat is a totally new approach for us to this area of the ship.
"We're creating an area where guests can relax outside in a sophisticated environment, and we're adding other fun and convenient features such as a whirlpool, a band and DJ stand and even a pizzeria."
Guests can also enjoy pool-side movies, with a large LED screen and sound system showing films throughout the day.
Other upgrades being made within the vessels include the addition of a number of new staterooms.
Written by Fiona Mayers