Holland America Partners With The New York Times

Explorations Cafe provides passengers coffee, books, music and more

By 2006, all 12 of Holland America’s vessels will provide a living room-cum-library lounge, “Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times,” a setting where passengers can sip cappuccino, browse through a selection of more than 2,000 books, surf the Internet, enjoy music selections and use grease pencils to do the eponymous crossword puzzles that will adorn the cafe’s glass table tops. The first cafe, on the ms Ryndam, already has its fans.

This is one of the highlights of Holland America’s $225 million “Signature of Excellence” initiative, which also includes an Explorations Guest Speaker Series on all cruises lasting 10 days or longer.